07-26-2008, 12:09 AM
Re: What Are The Essentials For A Beginner??
hey Cumberland, welcome to the board, and to fly fishing. Either the TFO or the St Croix is a good choice.
Couple of suggestions:
You mentioned carrying stuff in a tackle box for now... remember you'll need as much room behind you as in front of you for the backcast.... so if you're stream fishing that means you'll be wading, or rock hopping. If you want to put off the vest, figure out a way to carry stuff on you--- cargo pants with big pockets, shirt with big pockets you can button (so stuff doesn't fall out when you bend over), fanny pack etc. If you were just standing in one spot at a pond with no trees, brush etc behind you, a tackle box would work.
As for gear,
nippers- look for ones with a little pointy thing on them for clearing eyes of head cement, and a hole to run some string around to hang around your neck so they're always handy.
floatant- paste type (DAB, Gink) or liquid in a bottle any brand
flies- a basic trout assortment with some dries and nymphs and buggers is a good start-- add to it based on local advice or ask here for some recommendations
spool of 4x tippet
Starting with some gills and small bass is a good idea. I would add some:
Black or white foam rubber spiders size 10 or 12
a couple panfish poppers with rubber legs size 12 or 10 (you won't need floatant for these or the spider)
and a couple bead head black woolly buggers size 8
google: "tight lines fly casting you tube part one” for a good 3 part intro to fly casting. Good fundamentals.
Get some help with casting. If you buy your outfit from a local fly shop, they might throw one in, and will be a good resource for you in terms of places to fish, flies and knots to use, and local conditions and hatches. A lesson from someone that teaches others on a regular basis is best and will get you off to the best start with a minimum of frustration and bad habits which will be harder to correct down the road.
But if you buy online or from a big box store and don’t want to spring for lessons, maybe one of your buddies could give you some pointers. Practice on some grass with a bit of yarn tied on your leader---it’ll keep the leader from fraying, and have a go.
I would advise you to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and pinch the barbs down on your hooks. It’s easier on the fish, and makes it easier to take out of ears, arms, backs of legs etc….. It's always a good idea, but especially so when you're starting out because you'll probably be a little wild.