I'm new here, and also new to the art of fly fishing. So new that I haven't even landed my first fish on a fly, or made my first cast, hell I don't even own a fly rod yet.
Not to bore you guys with my life story, but I'm a former Westchester, NY resident now living in Myrtle Beach, SC. I've loved fishing since I was a mini Ginni and have spent the last three years bass fishing out of a kayak. Bass fishing is great and all, but in the summer months the bite dies down pretty bad, so I turned my attention to the Redfish in the marshes of Murrell's Inlet/Garden City. I've heard a lot about catching them year round on a fly and I'm really excited to start. Unfortunately, as it will be my first fly rod/reel I'll probably just grab a $50 8ft 5/6wt kit at Walmart until I can muster the cabbage for a more respectable setup. I know that 5/6wt combo will have some serious limits, but it's just going to be my starter gear, then I'll probably sell it at yard sale or craigslist for cheap, give some kid a shot at it. The gear I've been eyeing is a 9ft 8wt TFO Project Healing Waters rod and a like weighted TFO Prism reel. I like the PHW rod due to $25 gets donated to introducing our vets to fly fishing as treatment for PTSD and other emotional injuries.
Ok, I got a bit long winded there. Us New Yorkers tend to share a bit. Anyway, I look forward to learning a lot here, making new friends, and BSing about how big a fish was.
There's loads of great info & people here who can surely help you on your new endeavor. I fish with other tackle too, but enjoy fly fishing the most!
Good call on the TFO rod, they make a fine rod and the PHW is a good cause. An 8 wt is a good choice for that type of fishing & that area, plus can double for bass.
Hope you'll keep us informed about chasing the Redfish down there. I've fished that area too, primarily at Pawley's Island but have yet to hook up to a Redfish on a fly. I've caught them on other tackle, but not as yet on a fly.
Thanks for the warm welcome. I've been doing a lot of homework on fly fishing, as well as tying, and even reading about making my own rod. I do like what I've heard about the TFO rods though. The general consensus is that they're great quality rods at entry level price. I've seen some "entry level" rods out there for $400+, but when I looked at the TFO website their highest price rods are only in the $350 range. That to me is impressive. My view of the sport up to about a month ago was that it was mostly populated by elitists and rich folk, due to cost prohibition. TFO seems to make it more accessible to everyday people.
As for fly fishing in this area, it seems we're limited to bass, redfish, panfish, and maybe permit (if we're lucky enough). We don't have any freshwater trout, but they do stock the streams in the upstate (Greenville). My fiance's family lives there so maybe I'll luck out with a native brown or a stocked rainbow next time we visit.
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: Hi, I'm James
Welcome James, and good call on the rod choice (reels are just a place to store your unused fly line ). At 9' and an 8wt that should allow you to toss some pretty heavy flies and put a real 'Oumph' into the fight.
That's what I'm afraid of, Thorsten. I remember when I thought I'd "try" fishing from a kayak. I've since only fished from shore maybe three times (aside from casting a few topwaters to bass just prior to launch). I can't wait to get started. I was in Orvis today to check things out. A bit pricey, really nice products, but pricey.
welcome to the forum james
you should have no problem getting any info you may need from the fine members here.
as far as a starter set up, take a look on the big auction site, there are insane deals to be found there