Hey everyone great forum you all have here its an honor to be aboard. I have been lurking around for about a week now. I have soaked up alot of information and could use a bit of help.
First let me give you some basic information on myself and current fishing status. I live in Minnesota and mostly fish small lakes, large lakes rarely, ponds, and would like to stream fish for which there is a lack of CLOSE ones that seem productive that I know of. I grew up fishing only in the summer's with my dad in New Hampshire mostly bait fishing some lakes and beautiful streams catching pike, catfish, white perch, and native brook trout from the mountain streams.
This spring I just purchased a nice spinner reel set-up and lures and have never fished mn until now. I have been catching crappie, sunnies, bass, and northern sporadically. My dad who passed away five years ago used to fly fish. I feel drawn to fly fishing because I feel it is the pinnacle of fishing and envy everyone I see doing it. I have a birthday (my 30th) coming up in July. I am asking for fly fishing gear. Cost is a major concern.
I will be fishing for panfish, bass, northern, and walleye mostly. However I would love to try and hit some of the southeast trout streams I hear about and also northern ones when I get the very rare opportunity. 98% of my fishing will be without a water craft on small lakes and ponds, going for panfish, bass, and northern.
No to get to the point.... I am sorry if this is repetitive for you all.
I have done some research and want to know if I am on the right track.
1.Fly rod pick:
TFO NXT 9'-6wt- this seems to be highly recommended for a starter set-up that still performs well.
A. Do you all agree, and will this work for panfish, bass, and northern at a 6wt? (I realize there are better options for each species but I have a very tight budget and want something as universal as possible)
B. Is there a better all around set-up I should be looking at close to the former price point?
2. Flys: From my small amount of research I have determined sizes 12,14,16 seem to be the best sizes (this may be only for trout I am not sure, I would guess Northern and LM Bass may need larger?).
A. Best size for panfish?
B. Best size for bass?
C. Best size for northern?
Here is what I have found for best flys: Adams dry fly, Quill Garden wet fly, Gold-Ribbed Hares Ear nymph, Muddler Minnow streamer, and Woolie Bugger nymph(I think).
D. Are these good starting points for a fly set?
E. Am I missing the any must-haves for the species I have mentioned?
3. Waders(chest): Boy these get expensive is there one that comes contains the vital features needed for around $100? I have no water craft and fishing piers get crowded and don't see how fly fishing would be possible in that situation so I feel waders will be a must.
4. Nets: I need an inexpensive DURABLE hand net since I won't be able to lug around a 4'-6' net with waders on in the water. Any good recommendations?
5. Am I missing any other must have gear that I am unaware of? Please include specifics in the reasonable price yet reliable category.
I hope I posted this in the right area. I also tried to make this post as easy to read and address each question as possible. If this thread gets good information and options, dare I say this could be a very useful sticky link for other newbies to find out what they need with a reasonable price point, reliability, and maybe save those with experience from answering what I am sure become tiresome questions from new guys like me.
Thank you in advance for those who offer information and knowledge, sorry for the long read