Depends on what you want/how much you want to spend...I mean you can get a whole rig for 2-300 or you can spend 700 on the reel alone. I would try out a bunch of rods before committing to one, as everyone is slightly diffent, and nowhere is it as apparent as it is in fly fishing. For instance I like a more classic slower action blank like you would find with glass or bamboo, while my wife has a faster cast and uses fast action fly rodsThanks for all the info...whats the price range on initial start up equipment (ie rod, reel, etc) if you dont have anything???
Mr. Yank is so right with the lessons or someone to guide us through casting a fly rod and understanding fishing with a fly rod. I started out on my own with no supervision but a VHS tape, no youtube at the time and no money for lessons. 30 years later still learning! But we learn something new every day. Not to get off topic but if you try to play a round of golf for the first time and then take lessons from a pro, you cut 30 strokes off your game. My suggestions to all is get your self a fly rod outfit get familiar with it and take lessons if you have the time and money. Remember fishing is fishing what’s the worst that can happen.:thumbsup:There is no question, joining a club or having an accomplished fly angler is THE only way to go. Yes, you can do it on your own but it takes much longer, you develop bad habits that are tuff to break. It leads to frustration and far more "no fish" days than is necassary. Not just casting. Fishing as well. Why and which line? What flies? What kind of presentation? What's line managment? How and why is it so important to "stay in contact" with the fly? Working currents? Working structure? How to get your fly to the "fishy" depth? What's strip strike mean?
I've taught a great many people how to fly fish, both fresh and salt. Having an experianced angler spend a little time and effort with you will cut your learning curve dramaticaly. DRAMATICALY! I've seen it hundreds of times. Put it this way, the most frequently uttered words by the inexperianced fly rodder, as they're being told or shown something is; "Ohhhh, now I get it! I've read that but didn't know what it meant." Or, "jeeeez, I thought that was so hard or complicated, now I understand."
About your rod and reel question. Please let everyone know where you intend to fish and what fish you intend to target. totaly different equipment if you say, Tuna, or Striped bass or Smallmouth bass or trout.
It's all not that hard but experience means a great deal. Not someone that fly fishes once in a while but find someone that lives it and breathes it. A good angler/instructor will have you casting and catching fish the first day out. :thumbsup:
Thanks it sounds good, unfortunately I am unable to make the meeting? Dont have a lot free time right now but im hoping things start looking up by springBigMac Most fly clubs have free books and videos available to their members. Our South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers as a good amount. If you would like to check our club out our next meeting is this Thursday night at 7:00 pm at the Bay Center in Ocean City. You are welcome to come as a guest. See what we are about.
Correction my friend. Most salt guys use a sinking line. It's a far less common experience to find striped bass high enough in the column that a floating line would be my choice. Wave action, current and depth dictate (in most cases) a sinking line. Even an intermediate line is primarily used in the back, less wave action and less depth. One exception is Albacore fishing where you could use an intermediate out front. These fish are generaly higher in the water column. I still use a sinking line in this case, fact is, for Albies, I strip so fast the sinking line never gets a chance to really sink all that much. Standard sinking line grain weights are; 8 wt = 300 grain, 9 wt = 350 grain. This is a general guide line for fairly high modulas rods.If your targetting big fish I would start with an 8weight-But If you really want to learn, get yourself a 5 weight-there are many awesome set-ups you can get for around 100$ for rod and reel-then there are many books you can get to teach you how to cast-just remeber, call directly overhead 12 oclock-dont let your rod dip past 1:30 or 10:30, keep your left hand stationary at your left hip, and never let your loop cross in the air-I'd start by catching blugills-then black bass-then trout then saltwater- a lot of guys find the salt too challenging and give up lol learn the difference between all the lines-sinking, sink tip, intermediate,floating weight forward and double taper, and cold water/warm water line--learn about the different casts-like the double haul and roll cast-most salt guys use intermediat I find floating the best choice because of quicker line pick up-good luck:thumbsup:
p.s. kepping your left hand stationary is everything!!!