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Old 04-24-2010, 10:42 AM
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Hi all, I used to fish a lot as a kid and have come to a place in my life where I need an outdoor hobby. I would like to give fly fishing a try. My wife used to do it with her grandfather and she said it was a lot of fun. My primary fishing grounds would be the mountains of NC (Boone area). I'm looking for what kind of setup would be good for this area. I don't have a lot of money to spend (400-500) total. I also would do some lake (Lake Gaston) and small pond fishing as well. I've read a little and it seems a long rod would be best for a beginner but that may not work well in the mountains. I've noticed there is a tremendous amount of info on this and I was hoping somebody could point me in the right direction with rod and reel setup.

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Hi and welcome abroad,

There will be many different opinions offered on a start up set. I will leave those suggestions to the group (they will be along shortly) and you will have to be the judge of what you go with. What I can tell you is that for 4 - $500 you can do very well for yourself if you shop smart. You ought to be ale to get a pair of waders in there too if you are careful with your money.

As for learning, if you are operating on a budget then taking classes may be off the list but you should look into joining your local TU (Trout Unlimited) chapter. There will be someone there who no doubt will have a little time to help you along with casting lessons. If that is not available I recommend reading up on the cast, then practicing until you have a pretty good understanding and ability. There is much to learn, you better get busy.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy yourself,

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Welcome to the forum....Ard is right you should manage to buy all is necessary to begin fishing...he's right too with the waders.I don't know the waters you're going to fish but if I had to keep only one rod I'd take a 9'#5.Have a look on sales and close out,you'll save money.May find good deals on e bay too.
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Welcome to the Forum; and as Ard mentioned check your local area for TU or FFF clubs. You might also want to check your local library to see if they have flyfishing related videos.

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Again, Welcome to the forums--- careful-- you will start playing hookie from work and lying to friends (about why you can't hang out) in order to satisfy the urge to throw a fly line.....

That being said-- as seems to be the consensus-- $4/500.00 is plenty to get started (even 'stay started') and should cover about about everything you could/ would possibly need if you are 'thrifty'. (will it cover all you would/could want? not likely...)

As jbb stated-- If I had to chose one rod for all of eternity, it'd definitely be a 9' 5 wt. (generally speaking the most 'versatile' length and weight of rig)

Sounds to me like it is time to hit your local fly shop.....
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Thanks guys for the replies. SOunds like the general consensus is the 9' #5. Have already started looking but haven't found anything that jumped out at me yet. Got a trip to the mountains in June that I am trying to get prepped for.
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Addendum to my first reply:

You mentioned some lakes and ponds near you-- (I may get some nay-sayers to this 'advise' but....)

Go to a lake or pond and fish blue gills and sunfish fairly quickly after getting your gear-- they will hit readily and will build your confidence. Also will give you a feel for the 'delicacy' that is required with setting a fly line hook up. (the techniques that bass tournament pros who rip their rods back to set hooks are not required...) You may even run into a big bass--- big fun on a fly rod.
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Addendum to my first reply:

You mentioned some lakes and ponds near you-- (I may get some nay-sayers to this 'advise' but....)

Go to a lake or pond and fish blue gills and sunfish fairly quickly after getting your gear-- they will hit readily and will build your confidence. Also will give you a feel for the 'delicacy' that is required with setting a fly line hook up. (the techniques that bass tournament pros who rip their rods back to set hooks are not required...) You may even run into a big bass--- big fun on a fly rod.
BH2, Raindog is giving sage advice here. When I was a beginner, I too learned on a lake or pond. It does build your confidence on how to properly cast, hook and retrieve. That is unless you reside in a presteen (sp) trout stream region. Welcome to the group. These people really do know alot about FFing.

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I fish primarily up in WNC and have a 7.5 ft 3wt for the small streams and a 9ft 5wt. I had the 9ft 5wt and used it primarily for about 2 years. You should be fine with that. There are however two different types of fishing that might call for different rods. If you're fishing up in the tight mtn streams a short and lighter rod is more practical and fun. However, because you want to fish in a pond to, again I would say stick with a 9ft 5wt. I would highly recommend going to a fly shop and let them fit you in your budget. Also check out "Carolinas on the Fly" forum. Tons of good local info that will be very applicable to you.
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