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#3609781 - 03/07/14 12:19 PM Re: Aspire'n fly fisher needs advice. [Re: Headhunter]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
I use a boron rod, love it. If you want to look (about all I can afford to do there, I do buy a few tying needs there) at upper end fly gear (I believe he has starter outfits also) go to Fly South in Nashville. Awesome store, Jim is a super guy, shares fishing information, knowledgable and probably one of the better fly fishermen in the southeast.

Another bump for Jim and Fly South. He and his staff have been instrumental in my reintroduction into fly fishing after being gone for about 30 years. They have been a major help!
Life is too short to fish with a dead cricket.

#3611059 - 03/09/14 10:11 AM Re: Aspire'n fly fisher needs advice. [Re: scn]
8 Point

Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1325
Loc: Mt. Eagle

Sounds like some more good info, I'm kind of hold'n out for a used set up just to save a few bucks, gonna give it another week or so then might break down & buy new.

I have an old 7/8 wt rod in the garage that needs a reel, may just get a reel & line for it but think a 5wt might be better to learn with, but thats just a thought from someone who dont have a clue to anything fly rod (me).
When I was just a baby, my mama told me son, always be a good boy, dont ever play with guns.

#3611088 - 03/09/14 10:43 AM Re: Aspire'n fly fisher needs advice. [Re: FOX FIRE]
4 Point

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 171
Loc: Knox, TN

When I sell rods to beginners I typically recomend 8.5' 5wt. Works great in the mountains, great on tail waters, great on still water, and even thrown it once in in the salt.

There has been alot of good advice given so far. You will learn alot faster if you find someone to show you. A guide, or just a dude at a fly shop. It really is alot easier than it looks but alot of the cast is simple mechanics and some things are a bit counter intuitive. A lesson will save you a ton of frustration and possibly prevent a few bad habits.

With a fly cast, the rod itself privides the majority of the power for the cast as it loads and unloads. For the average cast you are simply telling the rod where and when to start and stop and letting it do the rest of the work. Unlike casting a conventional rod, you are not casting the weight of the lure (as most flies are near weightless) you are casting the weight of the line and letting that weight load the rod. In other words you can huck a fly rod like your spinning rod. Less is actually more in a fly cast and that is where alot of new folks struggle.

Edited by birddoginQ (03/09/14 10:44 AM)
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