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Hey fellas,

I am an avid fisherman. But I know very little about fly fishing. I want to change that. I am interested in trying my hand with the fly. I am into ultra light/ light tackle, finesse type fishing and I'm trying to figure out with size and type of rod I would like. I am thinking an 8Wt. The problem I have is- I'm not sure if I will be into fly fishing, as I mainly fish off of my boats or buddies boats. I can foresee a high potential for frustration being a novice on a boat with winds, tides, strong currents ect.. I guess my question - Is there anyone here that would be kind enough to give me some insight on these topics ( I know I can get some books, but I appreciate first hand knowledge and help) I would be more than happy to trade boat trips, regular fishing help or whatever for a little guidance. I just don't want to buy a ton of stuff and have it just to go to waste due to my lack of knowledge and experience.

Sorry for being long winded, but I am eager to learn:wave:

Thanks in advance!
 

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Read the post a few down from thils one "Looking to get first fly rod fly rod ".

I am sure you will get answers about the boat concerns later today

As for 1 rod only, 9 foot 9 wt
 

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Welcome waterman. If you're into ultra lite, finesse fishing etc., you're going to love fly fishing. Many of us have followed that path, myself included. Longing for an even greater challenge, I decided to try the long rod. The rest is history. At this point, I only fish long rod. Big game, nearshore and freshwater. It is the most challenging but most rewarding angling persuit available.
In my case, I spent years, at night, plodding the beach and clammering over jetty's. Getting a boat was the best thing I ever did. It's no more windy on the boat than it is the beach. casting is not a problem, there's always a position on the boat to let fly. So fishing off a boat isn't a problem, it's a blessing.
Your best bet would be to go to a fly rodders club meeting near you. Someone there will show you the cast. Their enthusiasm will be infectious. As Pete said, check out the recent "looking for first fly rod post". It'll give you an idea of cost etc.
I'm sure when the season starts you'll be able to get an accomplished fly angler to jump on board to show you the ropes, if that's the direction you want to go. :thumbsup:
 

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Welcome. Good question & plenty of good help here. If that is your boat in the pic should have plenty of offers to help. :)
 

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Its cool to see more guys go from light tackle to fly. I have some nice light tackle Shimano sticks that I use for fresh and salt when I want a break or my arms tired, but for the fun, the fly has always been it. If you love fishing, and you work at it, I suspect you will love fly fishing. The line cast, strip and strike is nothing like conventional.

If you encounter wind allot I would say 9wt too. I have two 8wt sticks I really like for lakes and sheltered water but in the Main Ches. Bay is usually using a 8/9 or 9.

You will probably see posts on Colton Rods/reels, very fine gear, I have several. Direct to owner/designer purchasing, nothing like it in the industry. And since its direct the price is below major labels for the same quality, performance, etc.

When it comes down to it, lessons and practices is the only way to cut the frustration. A good lesson goes a very long way.

As note too, if the young ladies in your pic are your fishing partners, I will give you free rides and lessons in my whaler.....
 

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Its cool to see more guys go from light tackle to fly. I have some nice light tackle Shimano sticks that I use for fresh and salt when I want a break or my arms tired, but for the fun, the fly has always been it. If you love fishing, and you work at it, I suspect you will love fly fishing. The line cast, strip and strike is nothing like conventional.

If you encounter wind allot I would say 9wt too. I have two 8wt sticks I really like for lakes and sheltered water but in the Main Ches. Bay is usually using a 8/9 or 9.

You will probably see posts on Colton Rods/reels, very fine gear, I have several. Direct to owner/designer purchasing, nothing like it in the industry. And since its direct the price is below major labors for the same quality, performance, etc.

When it comes down to it, lessons and practices is the only way to cut the frustration. A good lesson goes a very long way.

As note too, if the young ladies in your pic are your fishing partners, I will give you free rides and lessons in my whaler.....
One added comment about the Colton products. Bob sells on Ebay, and has rods listed now at a good price. They are fine, and I have 4 of them, and one of the GenII reels. However, before buying , give Bob a call to discuss your needs and intended use. Go to Ebay, and search Colton Fly:thumbsup:

One last comment. The girls will soon depart from shear jealousy over John's legs.
 

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Waterman, go for it. Fly fishing isn't all that hard, it is just a different method of catching. I waited way too long to try it. In my mind I thought it was difficult and had a million excuses. In saltwater you can catch fish without to much trouble and you just get better and better with time. Welcome to the Game.
 
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