Most anglers would like to get into fly fishing, but do not know the right gear to get. First things first…you will need a good rod. If you have tried to get a fly fishing rod on your own, you have probably noticed that there is an abundance of choices, some of which are actually not threatening to burn down your whole budget.
If you are a beginner in this kind of fishing, you should probably go for the entry rod. Even though there is a chance that you will want to buy a better, more expensive rod later, if you are running on budget right now, the right rod in the $100-$200 price range will do just fine for a while.
The best option is a graphite rod, and, as always, taking the one with the lifetime warranty is worth putting in some extra funds.As for the weight of the rod, you will have to figure that one for yourself, bearing in mind that it depends on the kind of fish you are going after.
As you may have heard, fly fishing rods of different weights have different numeric values, and, as the numbers go, you will want to get the rods with the numbers 2, 3, or 4 for the smaller fish, and the numbers 6 and 7 for the bigger fish, while the number 5 is the best for the all-round use.
Also, if you are wondering about a length, the 9 feet rods are the most common and the best for the general use, but it is the same as with the weight – if you have an idea about the size of the fish you are going after, you should chose the rod in accordance.
There are three main types of what is called “the rod action” – slow, medium and fast. Now, even though there are no general rules when it comes to the action of the rod, as a beginner, you should probably go for the fast one, as it is the easiest to grip.
There are three main types of the flies: the streamers, the nymphs and the dryflies, each looking like an insect in a different phase of life. As each of these three has its own different types, let me make a suggestion about what you should probably take.
When you go for the streamer, ask for a Wooly Bugger, or a Muddler Minnow, and from the nymphs take the Pheasant Tail or a Stone Fly. And if the dryflies are what you are looking for, you should probably choose either May Fly, or go with a Parachute Adams.
As for the knots, here are the three tips about the fly fishing knot that will always come in handy:
Remember to put it in the water before you tie it, in order to make sure it will seat smoothly
- Always cut the ends as near the knot as you can
- Always check on the knot before you throw to make sure that it slipped like it’s supposed to, and that is still holding
If you are wondering where you should throw your fly, the short answer is
- Where the shade is
- Where the other insects are (which is mostly near the banks)
- Where the slow moving current is
As for casting, you should probably actually see someone doing it in order to do it properly, but here are the several main points:
- Get a firm grip on your rod with your right hand
- Move the rod back and forth in the air several times, enough for the line to make a loop
- At this point it is very important to watch the line. Only when it has completely unfolded behind you (back cast), proceed with the next step (forward cast)
- Move the rod forward, just enough to pull the line forward, and stop, so it can slowly come in front of you, where you can control it with your control (usually left) hand
If you have done a good job, your line will be straight, and it will form loops in the back and forward casts.
But once again, take the time and check out YouTube videos covering this topic, with the examples of the process.