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Old 05-09-2013, 01:12 PM
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Hi all. Time for my first newbie question!

I was wondering if anyone could provide some links to lists of Fly fishing terminology/glossaries? I checked out the sticky in this section about terminology: it was humorous but not too helpful LOL.

I figured that I should at least know the names of various things before I jump in and try to hold a conversation. I have only been fly fishing once and that was in Scotland. My Ghillie handed me the pole and said he would show me how to cast. That's it!

I know you all like pictures so I will toss a couple in from Scotland ... including my big $700 Atlantic Salmon ...

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Give this site a try: Beginner

Also take a look around the Orvis Learning Center, it has some great inoformation for beginners. How To Fly Fish For Trout, Bass & More | Learn Fly Fishing With Orvis
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Thanks.

I had already seen some of the Orvis videos, but had completely missed the Glossary. It is short but will probably help a lot since I don't know a tippet from a leader or backing.

Warned ya I was a newbie!

Any other glossary links will be appreciated.
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OK, here is another one you might find useful:
Glossary of Fly Fishing Terms

Also checkout a book written by Ed Quigley titled: Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer, the Kindle version is only $4.99.
Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer: A Practical Guide to the Sport and Its Language: Ed Quigley: 9781440165511: Amazon.com: Books Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer: A Practical Guide to the Sport and Its Language: Ed Quigley: 9781440165511: Amazon.com: Books
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Have a look here:AN INTERNATIONAL GLOSSARY OF FLY FISHING TERMS
and here:Glossary of Fly Fishing Terms - Private Company Advisors
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I figured that I should at least know the names of various things before I jump in and try to hold a conversation. I have only been fly fishing once and that was in Scotland. My Ghillie handed me the pole and said he would show me how to cast. That's it!
Lesson #1:

NEVER refer to a fly rod as a "pole." The term "pole" describes the structure that is employed in displaying flags, and also describes the denizens of Warsaw and its surrounding environs, but (I repeat) NEVER a fly rod.

Taking heed of this advice will save you from an unexpected deluge of sneers, snickers, eye rolls, and derisive laughs that would surely send you scurrying back to your car in shame. This might seem like minor information, but you'll thank me some day.
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Great 'where to' info above, but I loved the two pictures. I've caught a very similar fish a day or so back (Steelhead smolt).
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Peterjay I had to laugh. For years I have told people a "pole" is for telephone wires and strippers, not something you fish with. Gets some funny looks when you correct people.

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Okay ... I promise never to use the "P" word again.

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Thanks for the links. I think that will get me started!
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Lesson #1:

NEVER refer to a fly rod as a "pole." The term "pole" describes the structure that is employed in displaying flags, and also describes the denizens of Warsaw and its surrounding environs, but (I repeat) NEVER a fly rod.

Taking heed of this advice will save you from an unexpected deluge of sneers, snickers, eye rolls, and derisive laughs that would surely send you scurrying back to your car in shame. This might seem like minor information, but you'll thank me some day.

+2 on the above. Calling a "rod" a "pole" will show that you are a newbie.

Some dictionaries define rods and poles as identical, but my understanding is that there is a difference between a fishing pole and a fishing rod.

A fishing "pole" has no line guides and no reel. The fishing line is tied to the end of the "pole" like the cane poles that Tom Sawyer used. This is the proper use of the term "pole."

A fishing "rod" has line guides and a reel seat. So we use fly rods and not fly poles. Technically a tenkara outfit is a "pole" and not a rod.

"fishing pole: noun: a long, slender rod of wood or other material with a line and hook fastened to one end for use in catching fish."

Fishing pole | Define Fishing pole at Dictionary.com

In England I don't think they make that distinction between rod and pole.
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