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I never have and took a a beginner class this morning at Orvis in Austin. I have fished my entire life for bass and I thought I mIght try a new style of fishing. I like to camp and fly gear seems a lot less bulky than bass gear to take camping. After the class I started taking a look at the Orvis equipment and thought I would reach out to you good folk on the board. Any tips, advice for a beginner looking to get in the sport?
Funny, I am going through the exact same thoughts...but I have never really been a fisherman. Starting to get into camping and have fly fished a few times so I am trying to learn about it and gear up.
I'm from Bozeman MT and fly fish all the time (Worked as a guide there). What are you curious about?
I don't own any gear yet and wanted to get some recommendations for a beginner as far as equipment. Rods/Reels etc..... should I go for a combo or start peice by peice?
How much do u want to spend?
200 - 300 on the rod reel combo
Did a bit of fly fishing when I lived in PA growing up. However, at least when I was learning, I hooked the back of my head quite a few times, so beware.
Look at Temple Fork Outfitters...TFO...one of the owners is my brother in law and a good Ag.
I would also suggest TFO for that price range. It's good stuff (no frills) and made by guys who know fly fishing (Look at the Lefty Kreh models). Make sure you get a disk drag reel and not a click pawl. A 6 weight would be a good all around weight. You could bass fish and fly fish. It would be too light for anything getting over about 5-8 lbs. You could also look at a Ross reel (CLA). The better you get the more important the reel becomes.
I lived in Minnesota for 10 years on a river and me and my buddy use to go fly fishing once a month on the banks of a river in Northern Minnesota. We mostly caught small-mouth bass and couple trout. It's a hell of a time anytime you get to go fly fishing. It's beautiful out there.
I'd suggest going with a buddy that knows what he's doing. I'm not saying that fly fishing is really dangerous but there's definitely some precautionary measures you have to take if you're a beginner.
This post was edited by Stains on 6/24/2012 at 11:30 PM
If you are interested in trout fishing...pick up some Olive Woolly Buggers for the Guadalupe. Other flies work there but the Woolly Bugger is a good beginner fly. Pick up a couple from each size (6s, 8s, and 10s; I also tie my own 12s and have had a lot of luck in Arkansas with the smaller version). Trout are particular about the size of the fly so you want to have a couple options when you start.
One more tip. Leave your other fishing gear at home when you go on your first few flyfishing trips. Flyfishing often takes a little bit to get the hang of. Don't tempt yourself to give up on it because you just so happened to bring your other stuff. My dad did this on his first trip and has never flyfished since.
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