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Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13489754 03/26/20 11:51 PM
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A normal 9 ft tapered mono leader will work fine. I might switch out the tippet to flouro if I'm nypmhing in super clear water, but honestly I've never noticed a difference. 4-6x mono tippet is probably all you will need for CO.


Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13489799 03/27/20 12:32 AM
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Thanks y’all. I am going to order 4 and 6 mono leader and 4 and 6 mono tippets.

Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13489903 03/27/20 02:08 AM
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Whoa cowboy. Hold off on leaders and tippet until you get to your destination. Go to a local fly shop and buy these items:

1) license
2) leaders/tippet
3) flies

Why? Because the fly shop wants you to catch fish so you will come back. So, they will sell you exactly what you need. And, this is very important, their stock of leaders and tippet are fresh. Fly shops turn over their inventory very quickly and their merchandise hasn't been hanging on the pegboard for lord knows how long. This isn't as important with flouro (although to me it is) but is really important with the slim diameter mono stuff. Over time mono get brittle. You don't want last year's stock....get fresh. And flies, they will tell you what's working while you're there. Don't buy this stuff online, get it local.

When the fly shop tells you the type of fishing you should do (wet vs dry), do it. If they tell you flouro for nymphing, bite the bullet and buy flouro. Don't blow a trip trying to save fifteen bucks.

99.9% of the time I fish dry flies. Just my preference. I use 7.5' mono leaders with 18"-20" of flouro tippet. The mono leader floats and, even though the flouro tippet sinks, its short enough that it doesn't sink your fly. Where I fish, with dry flys, you wont' catch fish with anything bigger than 6x. If you are nymphing, 2x or 3x is about as big as you would want to go. Again, let the fly shop tell you what to do.

What ever you do, post pictures! Good luck!

Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13489976 03/27/20 03:42 AM
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^^^^ Local shops know best and are glad to help you out.

Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13490031 03/27/20 08:26 AM
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Thank s for the info didja getny that makes sense for the most part. I will still buy some online so I can practice casting while we are sheltering at home. I hope the fishing is so good I have a tone of pictures to post but I will be thrilled just to catch a couple.

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Where in Colorado are you planning to go?

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Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13491100 03/27/20 11:29 PM
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I am going up by Estes Park. I have a friend that lives on the river up there but he doesn’t fly fish. I received my rod, reel and line today. Called the fly shop in broken bow to see about getting backing, leader, tippets and flies but they don’t do orders online or by phone.

Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13491903 03/28/20 05:05 PM
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Tailwaters in Dallas will do that for you. Call and make an appointment. They'd love the business.

But also, yes, hold off on buying a bunch of flies until you're up there. The shops up there know better than we could hope to. It is tricky right now though, for obvious reasons.

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Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13492364 03/29/20 12:10 AM
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Went to bass pro today and got what I needed to start practicing my casting. I had enough points so I didn’t cost me anything and I will get some more leaders, flies, lndicators and what ever they think I will need when I get to go up there.

I already lost 1 fly by snapping my line and two indicators. I cut the hook off the fly before the bend because I was pretty sure I would loose it.

Re: Help with first time rod and reel set up [Re: b1c2r3r4] #13550100 05/08/20 01:28 PM
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Been to the lmf a couple of times now. I haven’t used the redington set up I got yet. I bought a syndicate p2 10ft. 3 weight setup a little while after I got the redington. After I ordered the redington I was still doing a lot of research on fly fishing and the more I learned the more I new euro nymph fishing was the way I wanted to fish. I like the syndicate rod a lot but I can’t recommend it because I haven’t fished any other rods to compare it to. I have landed a little over 50% of the fish that I have hooked but I believe that is do to my inexperience. I have not had much trouble casting and hitting we’re I am aiming. The more I use the syndicate the better I get at being able to tell what my baits are doing. It takes some practice to get use to the little bh jigs compared to bass fishing lures. The rod feels light weight and is very sensitive. I haven’t caught any big fish yet but I don’t think the rod will have any problems as long as I don’t try and horse it in. We are already starting to plan another trip up to the lmf so maybe it won’t be long before I get a big trout on and I can give my syndicate rod a workout.

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