Dec 15

fly fishingFly fishing is a kind of fishing which you may turn into an easy task or a difficult venture as per your wish. And even after getting years of experience in fly fishing, you will learn something new every time you set out for your expedition. The things needed for a successful trip are not many though. They are just some basic equipment. Contrary to this fact, newcomers are often bombarded with hoards of fly fishing gear, making them just bewildered about what to purchase exactly. Fortunately you will find fellow fly fishers always helpful and believe me, the task is not at all complex but real fun.

Which Location Have You Chosen?

You will have to consider first your location, because that will tell you under which conditions you will be fishing. Rods and reels vary greatly depending on this and most of them can be used for a large array of species and situations. However you will get no “perfect rod for everything”.  Ideally a rod that will give you an enjoyment of fishing during your learning stage and will work well for majority of your fishing is perfect. A 5 or 6 weight fly rod having a matching weight forward floating line is good to start with for freshwater fishing, whereas an 8 or 9 weight rod will be fine for saltwater.

During your learning stage, it is recommended to fish near your home. And if you don’t know about such sites, where you can do a good amount of fishing, better find it now. A local fly shop is the best source of information. So also are books, magazines and internet.

Choosing Rod and Reel

Once you decide on which species you will be focusing and under what conditions, you will require to decide on the type of rod and reel you will have to purchase. Again a local shop is your best source. They will suggest plenty of rods, each of which you should cast (a good shop is supposed to be near an area where you can try the rods) and choose the best suited to you.  

Next comes the matching reel and line. For freshwater fishing, the main purpose of a reel is mainly to hold line. Most fish may not be played from the reel, but taking the line in and out with your hands. Therefore, it is unnecessary to spend a lot on a freshwater reel. A rule of thumb is to use 70% of your budget on a rod and 30% for a reel. Of course, if fortunately a trophy happens to come on your catch, you will need a reel that is reliable, well-made and smoothly operating. Particularly if the reel has no drag, it should have an exposed rim where you can apply force with your palm to slow a larger fish.

A saltwater reel on the other hand (and even a reel for some large and strong freshwater fish, as said above) has to be extremely well made with a reliable and smooth drag system having some real stopping power. There you should not be frugal at all. It is not indeed fun to watch your reel melting down before you as a 160-pound tarpon caught by your line speeds off. Here you should spend 50% from your budget on a rod and 50% on a reel.

Other Gear

Next you will need a matching fly line to go with your rod and reel system. Again a huge range is available suited for almost all possible conditions. Mostly one with a good weight forward floating line matching with the rod weight is preferred. A well made line eases out casting, making it more enjoyable. Next, a leader and tippet (the tip of the leader to which fly is attached) will complete the system.

Among other things, the next most important is flies. Ensure you get a fine variety and many of each type. Surely you don’t want to lose the only one you have with none other to put on. A box will be needed to store the flies. Extra tippet, hemostats for taking out the fly from the fish’s mouth, nippers, polarized sunglasses, a hat or cap with a brim and a case to carry all your gear are some other essentials.

Practice Makes Man Perfect

Once you collect all the essentials, spend as much time with them on water as possible. That will be your best teacher. But a few hours on the lawn practicing the cast are also invaluable. If you are a learner or need help, better go fishing with a guide who wants to spend a little time on giving instructions. Within no time, you should be comfortable catching fish.