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#7057799 - 11/08/12 11:17 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: FieldGrade]
troutfly Offline
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Loc: SE Alberta
Originally Posted By: FieldGrade
Originally Posted By: troutfly


In the case of fly fishing, The want/need thing doesn't exist! They are all needs! LOL


LOL,,, Amen brother.
Course, that's true with all my pations. ;>)


No kidding! I find it applies to my rifles, shotguns, knives, camping gear, Scotch.....no wonder I need to have a truck to get out there LOL
Don't even get me started on my fly tying gear, need, need, need! Gotta love the toys.

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#7057862 - 11/09/12 02:50 AM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: troutfly]
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Loc: Idaho, Clearwater County.
Haven't got into tie-flying :>) yet, but I know I could have bought another really good truck (to haul even more useless crap that I just gotta have) for what I've spent on hunting reloading gadgets over the years.
Funny thing though. I find that I don't "need" quite so much crap now that I'm on a fixed income. LOL
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#7058146 - 11/09/12 05:40 AM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: FieldGrade]
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To be honest, the only two aspects of my outdoor activities that now translate into needs are my fly tying and knives, the tying because I will always tie, even when I can no longer get to the river, which I pray is a long time from now and custom knives because you can't have too many good knives.
The other stuff, I am looking at downsizing a bit, haven't told my boys yet as they would raid my stuff LOL

To the OP: as mentioned, decide upon species, water type and fly gear then start looking into effective flies. Its an addiction like no other....well maybe women and good Scotch.

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#7059369 - 11/09/12 12:15 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: JWP58]
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I'm sure many of the guys here are much better fly fishermen than me, but my advice would be the single most important thing you can do for success is learn how to tie your tippets. Second would be to learn to tie on your flies. IMO presentation is everything, and if you get this right you'll be forgiven 7 other faults/sins.
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#7061097 - 11/09/12 09:32 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: RichardAustin]
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Originally Posted By: RichardAustin
I'm sure many of the guys here are much better fly fishermen than me, but my advice would be the single most important thing you can do for success is learn how to tie your tippets. Second would be to learn to tie on your flies. IMO presentation is everything, and if you get this right you'll be forgiven 7 other faults/sins.


Excellent advice!

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#7064835 - 11/11/12 08:17 AM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: troutfly]
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Registered: 11/10/11
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After 30 years of trying, my best friend convinced me to try a flyfishing class and it was a great experience. Shortly after that I went to a local flyfishing club meeting- the people were great, presentations were interesting and I ended up winning a casting class with Lefty Kreh. Don't worry - I am an absolute newbie but I bet if you take a little time - you'll find plenty of people willing to help teach you, just like i did. Have fun and welcome to the sport.
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#7066307 - 11/11/12 04:48 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: JWP58]
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Registered: 10/30/11
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Loc: SE, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: JWP58
So Im looking at getting into flyfishing. Ive never attempted to fly fish. I've never even held a fly rod before.

Whats a good starter pole, and assorted stuffs that I'll need.

Honestly I have so many questions. How does one know what "fly" to use? Whats all this talk about "dry flies".

I think I need a fly mentor....anyone need a protege?
I've been thinking of trying the same thing. Keep us update on what you try, and any hints or tips you may think is helpful for someone in your shoes.

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#7068057 - 11/12/12 09:40 AM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: garyh9900]
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 3067
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
After thinking this over, again the first thing I would do is get into a seminar or fly fishing club and get some basic fly casting instruction..Then I would purchase a beginning outfit..Again I would go for an 8 foot rod with a good double taper floating line..I started with a good 7 1/2 foot rod..I had others before, but this was the first good one..It works super to this day on small water..My next buy was an 8 footer..It is still catching trout, bass, bluegill,etc..Probably my most used rod..I like it so well I bought another off of Ebay...The 8 footer is a bit much for small water and a bit light for big water, but it does ok on both..I went for the double taper because it casts easier on small water, and I can cast almost as far on larger waters with it..
Next I would purchase several dozen flies, good selections have been pointed out..You can fish streamers in lakes and rivers with a long leader and bit of shot..Not perfect, but it will get you fishing..The reason I would NOT get into fly tying is JW is just trying this out..Tying flies is like loading shells, an enjoyable pastime, but something not every fisherman or hunter does.. I love loading shells and hated tying flies..If you are like me a casual fly fisherman, bought flies will work fine..I only fish, when I am not hunting, or as an aside to a hunting trip..If you become a serious fly fisherman, then the investment is worth while..For me it wasn't. I gave all my expensive rods to some kids who loved fly fishing and the same with the tying kit..I happily fish with my old Fenwicks and store bought flies,but only when I am not hunting..

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#7068522 - 11/12/12 12:21 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter]
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Loc: Idaho, Clearwater County.
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#7069930 - 11/12/12 06:55 PM Re: Flyfishing, where to start? [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter]
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Registered: 09/15/06
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Loc: SE Alberta
You are quite right, fly tying isn't for everyone. Good quality flies can be bought, either from a shop or a local tier. Selling flies is one way I can afford to buy some extra toys now and again lol.

Find a source of quality flies, a good rod/reel/line, lessons and friends and you are set!

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