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#12490505 - 11/03/17 09:38 AM New to fly fishing
Mooreg9 Offline
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Registered: 09/29/15
Posts: 99
Hi all
i have played around with a fly rod a few times and really enjoyed it but don't have my own rod and reel. what would you suggest that i look into for my first setup?

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#12490605 - 11/03/17 10:33 AM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
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Loc: Texas
What kind of fishing and where?

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#12490615 - 11/03/17 10:39 AM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
Mooreg9 Offline
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Registered: 09/29/15
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i usually just fish in river like the brazos or just local ponds

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#12490734 - 11/03/17 12:05 PM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
karstopo Offline
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Registered: 05/22/16
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I kind of think rods from 4-6 weight are the most fun to cast and maybe the most versatile. You start dropping below a four weight and it gets tougher to cast flies of any size, weight, or bulk for any kind of distance. Getting get above a 6 weight lets one cast bigger flies and handle the wind better, but becomes overkill for a lot of fish out on the pond. A five weight can move a variety of small and medium flies well and for a good distance and is light enough to enjoy casting for a long time. A bluegill will still be fun on the five weight and the five will handle bigger fish nicely.

Amazon was selling a complete 5 weight combo for about $100. Line, Rod, Reel Case, Leader and a few flies. I cast one of these set ups and it cast nicely. I have no idea about the durability. Getting everything for $100 is about as low as you can go with the exception of those super low end complete set ups like you might find at Academy. I'd get a medium-Medium fast action rod at any rate. Faster rods are harder to learn on and require more expert timing. High end Reels are generally a waste of $ if you are doing the kind of fishing you are talking about. It's going to hold line, period. High end line is expensive. I think the Cabelas line at a fraction of the price of high end line works fine in the situations you mentioned.

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#12490873 - 11/03/17 01:31 PM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
Texjbq Offline
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Registered: 02/10/15
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I'd go 5 or 6 wt, I'd lean to the 6wt, you can cast bigger flies a bit easier and it will be a bit easier in wind, but sunfish and small bass won't be quite as fun to play as they would be on a 5 wt. 8'6" or 9' is the length you want (9' is standard).

As said the entry-level Cabalas brand rod and reel combo is an excellent way to go. I own 10+ different fly rods now and I still love fishing the entry-level Cabalas rod I first bought, casts good and Cabalas warranty is great.

I just looked for combos online and found this:

https://www.sierratradingpost.com/reding...fishing~d~14%2F

http://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/f...55.uts?slotId=3

It's a really good deal and is exactly what you're looking for.


Edited by Texjbq (11/03/17 02:16 PM)

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#12491142 - 11/03/17 05:47 PM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
JCG57 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/02
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Agree with 5 or 6 weight, would probably lean toward 5 weight unless you mainly target largemouth bass. One more consideration - if you plan to travel with the rod get 4-piece rod, not 2-piece.

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#12491566 - 11/04/17 08:02 AM Re: New to fly fishing [Re: Mooreg9]
texasmr2 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/06
Posts: 115
Loc: Houston
Originally Posted By: Mooreg9
Hi all
i have played around with a fly rod a few times and really enjoyed it but don't have my own rod and reel. what would you suggest that i look into for my first setup?


No worries friend as fly fishing is not rocket science although the casting aspect is the real secret and can become quite frustrating. When fly fishing you must remember that you are not casting the lure you are casting the line and once you accomplish that trick you then move on to lure presentation. I began fly fishing when I was just a young spike, about 45yr's ago, and catch fish while others can't. My brother and I had a contest one morning fishing a local pond that was ate up with fish and I caught 63 fish on my fly rod in just one hour.

When you get on the water early enough and the fly line cut's the morning mist on top of the water you will "get it".

Go light weight, 4-7 lb line and rod, and practice but practice while fishing (the fish don't know you are practicing!!)

Happy fishing friend,
Gregg
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Fish hard but never forget your responsibility protecting what we love. Leave a area in better condition than you found it, RESPECT!

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