June 18, 2007 11:48am CST
I've been fishing for a couple of years now. I started by fishing for trout with worms and power-bait, and progressed on to sea-fishing. I still enjoy fishing for trout but would like to try fly fishing. Have you tried fishing with this 'fluff chucking' method? From the little research I've done, it seems to be very expensive to kit up (it will take more than my Mylot earnings - that's for sure!). I'd really appreciate any suggestions or tips from rookie and expert fly-fishermen alike.
When it comes to Old Florida fly reels, size is very important. You want the smallest, lightest reel you can find to fit your needs. So for example...
25 Jun 07
Okay well you've got a couple of decissions to make first. Wet fly, dry fly, spinnner, plus a couple of others. Personaly I used spinners its a whole lot easier than chucking the fluffy stuff, but then again thats what is supposed to make fly fishing so exciting. You use hard to get out there flies after snagging yourself in the bushes and back of the neck. Then you tangle your rig, trip over trying to set yourself free only to find you forgot to take your fishing license with you...hmmm. Remind me again why we love it so much?. But seriously, its not really that hard or expensive. The key is to have a reasonable weighted line and leader, read the water, look to see where any floating insects might swirl in an eddie and try and get your fly there. If you want to pick up some fly gear at the right price then check out the website on my profile. Buying your tackle online at auction means you get it at the right price.
25 Jun 07
Thanks for the response - I thought nobody would look! I bought a decent rod from ebay, but I'm still looking out for a budget price reel. (Wouldn't you think centre-pin reels would be cheaper than other types due to their simplicity?!) What I'm still confused about is the leader. I've heard of tapered leaders, but wondered whether its possible to use standard memory-free monofilament.
27 Jun 07
Yes given the simplicity centre pin reels should be less expensive but I suppose theres no reason to charge less just because there's less involved im makeing them. With regard to the leader, you could try using the mono...but you might find it has less resistance to current. But give it a go anyway. Once again if your after a good reel and don't want to pay the earth check out the website I have listed on my profile, its a link where you can buy good quality used fishng gear online at auction so you don't have to pay the earth for what you want. Remember old fisherman never die they just smell that way. Cheers Mark
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26 Jun 07
Fly fishing can be expensive. I think everything I own for fly fishing is used. I started a few years back teaching myself how to fly fish after I got a cheap used vice and bought some small equipment for tying. I also got a couple used fly reels and rods off a friend that would fine for me. Look for some used stuff or even some low level cheap equipment to get started, no need starting out with the expensive stuff.
28 Jun 07
I've now managed to get a decent rod and reel cheap from ebay (about £30 / $60). Now I need to get backing, fly line and leader. Oh, and some flies will come in useful! I like the idea of tying flies, but I think I'll just buy a few to start with and get some practice in before attempting to tie my own.