Fly Fishing Basics


basic equipment

Start at the beginning

That is always a good way to start. You can read books and articles on Fly Fishing and that is a good place to start. There are so many pieces of equipment one might buy when starting a new hobby and Fly Fishing is no different. So let’s start with Fly Fishing Basics.

The most obvious equipment needed is a Fly Rod, a Fly Reel, Fly Line for that reel and then from the line you add a leader and  a tippet and then an artificial fly. The tippet is a tapered line that is almost invisible to fish and not as strong as the leader. If you use say a 20 lb test leader the tippet might start at 8lb test down to say 3lb test where it attaches to the fly, or any other combination depending on the species of fish you are targeting.

There are a lot of fly fishing rod and reel combinations modestly priced that you can choose from and I would suggest to stay within your budget. Get good quality equipment but don’t go overboard as you will upgrade as time goes by. You will always have fond memories of your gear and even after you have upgraded you first purchase you will still come back to your first rod and reel and remember the first fish you caught with it. The next thing you will need is a net unless you plan to only fish streams from the bank where you can just land the fish on the bank, but you can loose a lot of fish when you try to yank them ashore. After you loose a few fish that way, it’ll dawn on you, “I could a had em if I had a net.”

More on Equipment

It seems like every time I think I’ll just walk along the stream and fish, it never fails that I have to step in the water at sometime, and I’m in my tennis shoes, not my hip boots or waders. That is probably another piece of equipment worth the money spent. Hip boots are a favorite if the stream is shallow and no deep holes. If you have fished the stream before, you’ll know if it has any holes. When I fish a stream for the first time, it’s time for the waders.

Polarized sunglasses are a must  even on a cloudy day. A hat or cap is good as is a fishing vest with lots of pockets. I like to carry along a pair of needle nose pliers to take the hook out and has a side cutter to cut the tail off mono line, or if the fly is buried to far in the mouth, just to cut the line. I think it is a very handy tool to carry when fishing. As you fish, you will think of different things that would be nice to have. Bug dope comes to mind and so does a lighter or some means to start a fire and of course extra flies as you never know just what will be hot that day.

Find a good looking stream and scout it out before the fish start running, don’t wait till they do start running cause you just might be to late as the initial run doesn’t last to long.

Good luck fishing

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