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Old 05-26-2009, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

You guys are going to kill me for this but I would give the advice to ignore the purists in the sports fish for you want to fish for.
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

Perhaps I was a bit harsh,

I like the mentor idea. I had one for tying but not for fishing so I went to the school of hard knocks. I can't complain, I started when I was 13. It took 42 years to learn what I know now and I am not finished with my learning curve. It has been a pleasure all the way.
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Perhaps I was a bit harsh,

I like the mentor idea. I had one for tying but not for fishing so I went to the school of hard knocks. I can't complain, I started when I was 13. It took 42 years to learn what I know now and I am not finished with my learning curve. It has been a pleasure all the way.
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I learned on my own too.
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The single most important advice I would give would be to fish as often as possible.
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

fist thing I would say is find a farm pond usually loaded with gills & bass both easy to take on a fly. Said newby will be much less likely to get bored or worse yet discouraged. Also this would allow some privacy to practice and not feel like your ability is not up to par, that will come in time.
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

My advice would be part of what Ard mentioned. 'Patience, patience, and more patience', and to always have fun even if it's a tough day.

I would also add that you should try to learn something new each time you go fishing.
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

I'll second the suggestions of taking casting lessons before buying gear, and finding an expert to fish with to learn- either a buddy or a local FF club.

My suggestion is to focus on casting accurately. This ranges from putting a dry fly in a spot that will drift it over a rising trout's nose, to landing a popper under overhanging brush where you know that bass is hanging out. Accurate casting at 30' will catch you 10 times as many fish as just being able to lay it down 70' away.
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Finding fish is the most important skill--far more important than equipment, casting technique, etc. Knowing how fish behave and where they are likely to be is #1 in my book.
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Default Re: What is the best single piece of advice you would give beginners?

This would depend:

If the individual had no experience whatsoever in fishing, I'd say: "Be patient and practice."

If the individual had previous experience in fishing, I'd say: "Be prepared to unlearn what you already know." Fly fishing is unlike any other type of fishing that almost nothing transfers. At least, that's the way I see it.

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