Do I need to spend a fortune to get into Fly Fishing? Absolutely not! What we recommend is that you take it in stride. You want to buy quality gear, but above all else don’t put your eggs all in one basket and skimp out on the other things you need.
Key Things to Look for In Fly Fishing Products
Durability & expected lifetime
Manufacture Reputation…Do some research!
Understanding & Selecting Fly Rods
How Fly Rods are made?
What makes one fly rod better than another?
What size fly rod should I buy?
I’m just starting out…will I notice the difference between fly rods? The first few times you pick up a rod you won’t. You will grow accustomed to the rod you learn on. After a month pick up another fly rod and you will certainly notice a difference for the better or worse.
Choosing the Right Fly Reel
Durability. Machined Reels vs. Cast Aluminum Reels
Sealed Drag System
Weight & Balance to Match Rod
Fly Fishing Reel Reviews
Selecting the Right Fly Line
Fly Line weight & Line Size
Fly Line Design & Taper
What is a “Leader” & What is Tippet?
Leaders Transfers the energy from the fly line to the fly
Leaders are tapered to transfer the energy smoothly
Tippet refers to the portion of the leader where the line levels out at a consistent diameter.
Leaders & tippet are made of either flourocarbon or monofilament
Strength and diameter of the leader & tippet are referenced on an “X” system 0x-7x for practical purpose
See Selecting Leaders and tippet for all you need to know about that.
Differences Between Flies
Dry Flies-Float and are fished on the Surface
Nymphs- Fished subsurface (usually dead drifted in the current)
Streamers- Designed to imitate forage fish and are fished with movement
See our Fly Tying & Fly Video Gallery
Lightweight breathable waders are the standard
allow for comfort in hot weather, and layering for cooler weather
Simms is the leading manufacture of Waders
Details on Wader Design & Construction
Felt… A thing of the Past
Vibram Streamtred: More traction, longer lasting, way better out of the water & environmentally friendly
If traction is an issue, studs can be added for more grip
Fly Fishing Clothing & Eye-Wear
UV protection essential when on the water
lightweight breathable clothing
Fly Fishing Accessories: The Other Stuff
Fly Fishing Packs or Vests Depend on Personal Preference
Nets-Rubber Bags are a life Saver!
Setting it All Up: Make it work for you!