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Old 01-09-2007, 01:03 AM
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Default Hello to all, would like some thoughts on a setup.

Hello to everyone. I found your site and decided to join up. I've been fishing quite a few years and always had an itch to try fly fishing and now I'm ready (I hope). I already have a couple of friends who use the fly rod and they got their setups from Wally World. I would like to hear any thoughts or comments on some good starter setups. I will be using it primarily for trout in small to medium size streams, bluegill in ponds and lakes, and perhaps smallmouth bass in the local rivers. I know the 5-6 wt is the most common suggestion, but I really don't know where to start as far some decent equipment. The stuff my friends have is good, and from what I've read and researched on here the Cabelas outfits also get good grades. I'd like to stay around a $100 or below, my "allowance" can only go so far. Should I go with a short rod since I'd mostly be hitting the streams or with a 9 footer? Anyway, thanks in advance, and I look forward to seeing your responses. Bobby
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Default Re: Hello to all, would like some thoughts on a setup.

Welcome to what we call The Quiet Sport !Going to somewhere like Cabelas for a starter outfit is not a bad idea.You can find some good deals, especially if your not sure you want tocontinue after trying it for a while. Everyone I have been helping/teachingover the last few years have been like yourself, not sure about spending$$ on equipment. You can always step up in cost if you'd like to keepfly fishing. If you are planning/thinking of buying one rod for the variety of fishyou described you may have a little trouble. If you plan on fishing fortrout, panfish, crappie (smaller size fish) I'd suggest a 9' 4-5wt rod.( 9' rods are my preference, but that's just me. I have both 4 & 5wtweight rods I use for trout. I also have a 3wt that I use for panfish.)If you plan on going after smallmouth too you may want a secondrod step. A minimum 6 or a 7wt, just because a good size smallmouthon an inexpensive lighter rod may lead to going back to buy anotherrod. Trout flies are typically very small compared to smallmouth flies.If you have never fly fished before stop by a local fly shop. Talk tothem, ask questions. They may offer a class for beginners if you donot have a friend to teach you.I hope you grow to enjoy "The Quiet Sport" like many on this forum do,Tie One On
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Default Re: Hello to all, would like some thoughts on a setup.

If you want a rod that will make the trout and panfish more fun, go with a 4wt. A 6wt would be a better option for smallmouth and other larger fish. It also may be a bit easier to learn with the 6wt, due to the greater weight of the line making it easier to feel the rod load and unload. For length, I wouldn't go below 8.5' for your first rod, as it is harder to learn casting timing for the first time on shorter rods. If $100 is your absolute limit for a set-up, I would buy it through cabelas. However, if you can squeeze out more like $160-180, you can get a much better package through www.thefullcreel.com that will take MUCH longer to grow out of.
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Default Re: Hello to all, would like some thoughts on a setup.

An 8 ft 6 weight moderate action rod is the most pithced all around outfit. I have used one for 25 years to fish small streams for brook trout to lakes for large mouth bass. Spend as much as you can on the rod and don't worry about the reel. Unless your fighting heavy fish the reel only holds the line. The 6 weight line will help you cast the necessary distance and allow you to cast heavier flies on the ponds and lakes. The moderate action will allow you to load the rod on short casts for streams.
Try to cast other peoples rods with different actions and weights to get a feel for what works for you.
Good Luck. Let us know on how you make out.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:32 PM
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Default Re: Hello to all, would like some thoughts on a setup.

Thanks guys, I appreciate your help. I'm going to shop around but I believe I'll probably end up with a Cabelas setup to start with. Things may change though. Most of the streams here with trout are small and very tight, hard enough trying to cast with an open face reel sometimes. Once again, thanks. Bobby
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