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Old 08-05-2009, 05:56 PM
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Default Re: Hello from California

Hi! I'm new to fly fishing. I would like to go somewhere to fish just for a couple of hours. What kind of place should I look for?
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:50 AM
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Default Hey Cydney

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on taking up fly fishing.

Tell us a little more about what gear you have and where you're located. Folks here might be able to point you towards specific spots or give you the names of some good fly shops in your area. Local fly shops (as opposed to big box "sporting goods" stores are always a goldmine with knowledgeable staff that are keyed in to the local waters, and can give you some great pointers on what to use and where to go. Many shops also offer casting lessons or "beginning fly fishing classes" with some portions of the class actually on-stream for nominal cost-- and some may even offer free clinics. Most fly shops will also sell fishing licenses which are required for fishing in Freshwater in all states and some require licenses for salt water. Some states also require a "trout stamp" if you want to target them. A local fly shop can get you all set up with that stuff and give you a regulations brochure (and talk you through any restrictions on local waters (like catch and release only sections).

Without knowing where you are, and just in general, a great way to get a feel for fly fishing, and to build up your confidence a bit if you're new to all this, is to chase some panfish in a local pond- pretty much any dry fly will work, as well as cork or foam "panfish poppers" or foam spiders with little rubber legs. In addition to getting some casting practice, you'll probably get a few, and there's always the possibility of catching something like a small bass that will give you a tussle.

Best fly sizes for stuff like bluegills tend to be 10, 12 or 14- smaller sizes work well too, but sunfish bluegills often swallow smaller sized hooks. The great thing is that they tend to be pretty eager, and most bodies of warm water will have them.

Again Cydney, welcome to the forum, tell us a little more about your location and the gear you have and I'm sure folks can point you in the right direction. Feel free to ask questions and browse through some of the info in other threads and in the FAQ section. Lot's of helpful folks here that can help get you going.

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