So after years of wanting to get back into fishing I finally bit the bullet recently and took the leap. I have a life long friend that his entire family has fly fished since he was about 7yrs old and they always tried to get me into it. Well after all these years I finally did.
So on the advice of a fellow Toyota Land Cruiser owner, that happens to be a guide in CA, I picked up a Redington Crosswater 5wt setup and have done some lawn casting at the local middle school track.
It is amazing what you pick up on the first couple outtings. While my buddy recommended stuff he lives a good distance away so I have been pretty much learning on my own, and picking up bad habits I am sure. Luckily there is a tributary only a 5 mile fire road ride up the hill from my house that I have frequented twice in the last week as my first trips. Nothing but solitude, listening to the sound of the fish rising and the wildlife.
On my first day I caught a small 6" rainbow on my third cast and then got another 7" brookie a little while later.
I was out there for a little over an hour (it was the first time I had gone all the way up the fireroad) so landing two fish in an hour I thought was pretty good. Conditions were great and I really wished I could have stayed longer.
Then on Wednesday I was able to go out again, this time for a little longer but the wind was killing me and limiting the areas I could cast.
I finally found a small area in the weed where I could see a ton of fish patrolling and decided to dangle my fly out there and see what happened.
Well about 10 minutes later I got this guy, an 11"ish Tiger Trout!
Well I have to say that that was a pretty good start and I am hooked on this fly fishing thing. the first day I started with nothing but the rod/reel, a box of flies the guy at the local Orvis picked out for me and that is it. Wading out in my flip-flops in a t-shirt and shorts.
Since then I have purchased a vest, floatant, nippers, hemostats, net, magnetic net holder, and some extra 5x tippet/leader.
So now comes the fun part!! I need some recommendations on wading boots and waders. I really have no clue what to look for and a good portion of the year I can actually not use the waders (like right now).
Living in Northern NV I am blessed with living near a mecca for everything outdoors, I have wheeling, mtn biking, fishing, hiking, and every snow sport a short 30 minutes from my doorstep.
Appreciate any recommendations you guys can give on other "essentials". I am limited on budget so I have been looking at Cabela's or Orvis budget boots and waders but want something that I am not going to have to replace next year (or necessarily want to replace). Thanks in advance and hopefully I can be a good contributor to the forum!!!