31 July 2015

• Fly Fishing: [Almost] Anyone Can Do It

Fly fishing has often been made out to be some sort of elitist activity to which only a few select individuals can acclimate. Predominantly responsible for some of this "holding in awe" is the movie, A River Runs Through It, which made it appear that fly casting was an art untouchable by most of humanity.

This is complete, as we Swedes say, Möoskä Turden.

Fly-casting? All you have to do is get the fly in front of a fish; you can learn to do this in about five minutes. Yes, if you want to go after tarpon and bonefish, it'll takes more practice, but if you have ever played baseball or golf…or any other sport requiring a level of eye-hand coordination, I guarantee you that you can learn to fly fish. Ask a fly-fisher friend to help you get started. Ask me…I’ll help.

In addition, the equipment doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are four rod-reel-line, balanced outfits, quality stuff, for less than you’d might pay for a good spinning reel. Check out these links [orange]:

• Bass Pro: Redington Crosswater 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$139.99]:

• Orvis: Encounter 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$159.00]:

• Cabela’s: Prestige 8-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$169.99]:

• LLBean: Streamlite Ultra 7, 8, or 9-weight 9-Foot Fly Rod Outfit [$199.00]:

I’d lean toward the Orvis and Bean outfits myself…they stand behind what they sell…to the max. 7 to 9-weight outfits will handle most of our local saltwater gamefish…8-weight is a good bet. While you’re looking on the websites, check the reviews on each outfit…they’ll tell you a lot.

You might have to add some leader material and a couple of flies to complete the package…another $20-30 should do it.

In addition to going on line to find an outfit, you can also go to your local tackle shop, run by folks you trust…who know fly fishing…and have them put an outfit together for you. But I’d not recommend going to a sporting goods store and trying to assemble a package yourself. I once ran into an old colleague, at a Sports Authority store in Milford, who was looking at a fly rod. I told him the thing was a buggy whip and wouldn’t cast for beans, but he wouldn’t listen. The rod’s probably resting comfortably in the cobwebs in his garage now.

Why buy a package? The line, reel, and rod have to be "balanced." This means that the line, in particular, has to be the proper weight to work with the rod...and a package deal from a reputable shop pretty much guarantees the components will work well together.

See you on the water.

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