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Posted 08-06-2012 at 03:39 PM by fatdaddy

Most things in life are not free. And it seems true that the better things in life cost a lot. Fly fishing is by far the best form of angling Iíve ever experienced. Donít get me wrong, Iíll plop a Carolina/Texas/Drop-shot with the best of them. I have thrown a heavy shrimp laden rig into the surfÖbut I cannot get enough of fly fishing. Being so new to the art and so low on time, how does one go about getting started correctly? From my experience in previous hobbies I can tell you that the cheapest and best way is to just jump in. I went out and bought a $40 ReadyToFish setup. Thing is you have to have the right expectations.

Now Iím not saying that this is a guide on how to get into the sport. Heck, Iím only in up to my shins, Iíve yet to wade in all the way myself. But I know that to have a destination you have to have a starting point. From that junk rod (that I still use BTW) I knew that I wanted a slower action and a smaller packing setup. So, armed with my new knowledge I purchased a 6 pc 5WT. Sure it is the $50 Cabellaís special but it looks good and I canít use it to its full potential anyway. Iíve also not fully decided on what type of fishing Iíll be focused on. Iím not doing too great at the local river and I love Bass and cutthroat. So do I go up or do I go down in size? Also, I live on a huge Trout lake, so I might need to get some sinking lineÖor do I even want to fish that way for trout? Iíve not decided. And until then Iíll have to hold off on expensive gear. But I have an alternative for the time being. Cheap gear.

I have 5 rods. Here is the rundownÖ
-9í 5WT 6pc Three Forks from Cabelas
- 8.6í 5WT 2pc WW Griggs I won in a raffle.
-8í 6WT 2pc RTF Wal-Mart special
-8.5í 5WT 2pc Eagle Claw
-6.5í 4WT 2pc Eagle Claw

Total Iíve spent $160 on all the rods. Remember that one was free and is worth $70.

I use a Prestige II reel on the Three Forks rod and the Shakespeare single action on the Eagle Claw rods. I pick up Olympic fly line from the local store at $10 and backing is another $5. I furl my own leaders so that is $.30 in Uni thread. I have a cool looking setup for $36.30Öyerp the rod cost $20. I know that looks arenít everything and that Iíll eventually get to the point where the rod is not sensitive enough or accurate enough. Question isÖwhen is that? There are guys out there with decades of experience that still use the fiberglass pole their dad gave them. Heck, bamboo rods are about as old as the act itself, and there is a huge following. (Iíll be going to a class when I get back, believe you me!- Mr. Oyster, save me a seat please!) So what is so wrong with my cheap rod? Anyone else out there using a less than stellar setup that would bring shame at the club meeting???

On another note, I had the opportunity to get down to some real trout waters the other day. I do have a creek that resembles a Legoland version of a British chalk stream, but the grass is to overgrown at this moment to fish it effectively. Thing about this river is that it is fast. Iím not saying that there are no fish in it, because Iíve seen one pulled out on a fly rod. Deal is Iíve never been in such a large and powerful river. Iíve floated some pheasant tail nymphs through there, but I doubt my presentation is as good as it should be. But since it is all I have Iíve resorted to going to a private pond for bigger fish on the flyrod. So the next question is: ďWhat is the perfect beginner stream for fly fishing?Ē
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  1. Old Comment
    There is no "perfect stream" for fly fishing, one learns to fish the water available. Thru trial and error your knowledge grows as does your luck catching fish.

    Posted 08-11-2012 at 10:34 PM by littledavid123 littledavid123 is offline
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    Price of your gear does not equal results. I have 2 9' 7 weight Quarrow rods that I paid about 48 dollars apiece for and have caught many really nice salmon on the one I use.

    You're home water sounds like good streamer water to me. I'll come back and add more comment as I have time.

    Posted 08-17-2012 at 07:25 PM by Ard Ard is offline
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    About stream size and learning; most folks are better off standing far from shore or at least with an open shoreline behind them while learning to cast & fish. Once you have the general idea of the mechanics of casting I would tell a fellow to find himself a short rod (6'6" is nice) and after matching up reel & line, go find a nice quiet small stream.

    Small streams require control. We can't just start wading and throwing casts around on small creeks, we must stop and think a bit. When I say small I mean those alder and willow choked little runs ranging between ten and 15' across with even tighter spots along their channels. You generally won't be finding anyone else there and if you're in trout country there will be fish in them.

    A small stream will teach you everything about a river. The geology (fluvial geology) will be the same as any large and brawling river but it is present in a sort of macro mode and therefore much easier to understand how the water works in relation to the land and channel structure. You will learn where the fish like to be and this does not change when you transition to a larger river system. Above all you will learn to be sneaky and to cast carefully. This does not change when you fish big waters either. I am careful wherever I fish whether it's a tiny brook or a river and I know where the fish should be. All this I owe to small creeks not to articles I read about fishing.

    Some of the very best days I've ever had came on little creeks where a 13" trout can be as exciting and magnificent as a 20 pound salmon. Where you could sit hidden in the boulders and brush and watch a pair of Scarlet Tanager's hop from rock to rock picking mayflies off the rocks and vegetation just 10 feet away............. I could go on and on but this is your blog spot, not mine so I'll let it where we're at.

    Save to say that while I believe that having some room for orientation is good when you begin, the hidden gems and the sage knowledge lurk in those tight little channels and among the bushes where not everyone will tread.

    Posted 08-30-2013 at 02:58 PM by Ard Ard is offline

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