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Old 03-12-2009, 06:36 PM
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hello everyone, i've been snooping around here for some time now, looking at pictures and reading some stories...i have NEVER fly-fished before but i'm really looking to get into it. I'm a college kid and about to get engaged so the money is TIGHT!

if anyone knows of any combos for around $50 or LESS that would be great!

also, the main reason i'm posting, has anyone ever fished in South Dakota before? Good/bad? I have always bait-fished (about half spinning and half of the good 'ol bobber and worm)...we have fish here!

but my real question is, how hard is it to fly fish just your normal, everday lake? (no boat, no wadders, lots of trees)

thanks, looking forward to meeting you all!
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Try doing a search for South Dakota. There have been several folks posting in the past. I recall one in particular where they were fishing in the Black Hills and a some pretty good success. Have you ever done the waking tour at the Spearfish fish hatchery? Its worth the effort, they have some huge fish there. Try looking on EBay for a used outfit, sometimes you can find some really good buys, Craigslist is another place you might look for a starter outfit. You can fish some lakes with success from shore, concentrate on areas with shallows or obvious structure. A float tube will give you more access to the lake though, but I understand the money thing.
What part of South Dakota are you from?

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Old 03-12-2009, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: hello from south dakota!

i've been searching both those sites (ebay and craigslist) but i'm really not sure what to get! what is good and what is not good. i'll have to check out spearfish, that sounds great!

i'm from Watertown, SD.
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Hey welcome to the forum. You should have great fishing out there- panfish trout and bass depending on where you go.

As far as what to get--- it’ll depend on what kind of fish you’ll be chasing.
For all around panfish- trout- small bass, I’d go with a 5 or 6 “weight” outfit- this would be a rod designed to cast a 5 or 6 weight line, with a line matched to the rod for casting (it’s the weight of the fly line that loads the rod for casting, so you want it to match up with the rod).

For new stuff, there are some outfits (rod, reel, and line included) for around 30, but if you can bump up your price range a bit to 80-100 I think you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Scientific Angler Fly fishing outfit, regularly 95, you can find it for around 80, maybeless if you shop around. - Concept 2 Fly Reel, 20 lb. Pre-spooled backing, AST Ultra 3 Floating Fly line and Tapered Leader, 4-piece graphite, 8', 5/6-wt. rod, Custom Fly Assortment, 2 DVD Set - "Fly Fishing Made Easy" AND "Panfish and Bass by Larry Dahlberg". The DVDs are a nice plus to help get you going, and if you can swing the bucks, I'd go with this one.
Scientific Anglers Fly Fishing Outfit

LL Bean Angler Outfit 75 bucks 9’ 6 weight rod, graphite reel, fly line, backing leader. I don’t have any experience with this one, but Bean offers a lifetime guarantee- 100% customer satisfaction on everything they sell. Angler Fly Rod Outfit: Angler Outfits at L.L.Bean

LL Bean Quest II Outfit 99 bucks 2 piece rod 9’ 6 weight, graphite reel, backing, fly line, leader, and rod tube. This is a pretty nice setup. Quest II Two-Piece Fly Rod Outfits, 3-7 Wt.: Quest Outfits at L.L.Bean

You could also find some great deals on used stuff, but I’d advise you to check with the forum on stuff you see to get opinions on whether it’s a fair price, good buy or a rip off.

As far as your other questions, remember that in fly casting you want room behind you for your back cast. Waderds can be helpful for getting more room, but if you can find places to cast without trees and stuff behind you on ponds, lakes or streams you should be fine.

You should zero in on panfish to start, they’ll be a blast.

Keep asking questions you’ll get a lot of help here.
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