Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fly Fishing Gear

Let's get started by reviewing standard fly fishing gear. In general, fly fishing requires most of the same equipment such as a fly fishing rod, reel, fly line and some flies. But, unlike most other forms of fishing, your fly flying gear requires that you cast the fly line, and not cast the lure.
Fly Fishing Gear
Fly Fishing Gear

Let start by reviewing the first major piece of fly fishing gear which is the fly rod. I would usually recommend a 6 to 8 wt rod; this will be an average rod that will be able to cover off the majority of your desired fish species. Also, you may want to bring an extra spool loaded with floating line and one with a good sinking line. Depending on the fish type you are going after, we would recommend you consider a range of rod weight, for example, if you are fly fishing for sunfish or crappies, I would recommend a 4,5,6 wt rod. Now, if you are going after smallmouth bass or lake trout, I would recommend a 6,7,8 wt rod. Finally, if you desired fish is a salmon or northern pike, I would go with an 8, 9, or 10 wt rod.

Now, you may have a question like, "How much should I spend on a fly fishing rod?" My answer is, "It depends" But, here is some information that you may find useful. I would never recommend that anyone go out to a department store to pick up a cheap fly rod, nor would I say to go out and buy the most expensive rod. There are two reasons for this. One, you will probably get so frustrated with your casting technique that you will probably give you the sport before you start. And secondly, if you do get hooked on fly fishing, a cheap rod inhibit the development your fly fishing skills in the future. So, do yourself a favor and buy a middle-of-the-road fly rod, the price range would probably be in the $75-$125 USD price range. But, you won't regard this piece of advice. Here is a tip regarding buying a rod. Try to pick up a rod from a reputable vendor, as many anglers are not aware that some vendors provide a lifetime warranty on some of their products.

Now the second major component to fly fishing gear is the fly reel. When it comes to fly reel , always remember that a reel should be the proper size for your rod, and that it should hold at least 120 yards of backing in addition to the flyline. When fly fishing for only bass, sunfish or crappies, a clicker reel is adequate to do the job. But when fishing for larger fish should as pike, it's my recommendation that a disc drag is a mandatory piece of fly fishing gear, especially for any type of larger fish that tends to run.
The third major piece of fly fishing gear is the fly line. In regards to flylines, there are 4 major types. Firstly, level flylines have no taper and are the least expensive line you can buy. I would recommend that you try to stay away from level flylines if possible. Secondly, double-taper has a tapering effect at both ends of the line. This is usually recommended when fishing small streams where a long amount of flyline is required. Thirdly, sinking flylines are exacting what their names suggests, they are able to works themselves into deeper areas such as deep drop-offs. Finally, the weight-forward flyline is probably the most recommended flyline type due to it's versatility. You can cast long distances while presentating your fly in a delicate fashion. The flyline is also much thicker in the front end of the line.

The final major component to fly fishing gear is the fly. There are a wide assortment of flies, and the best way to determine which ones you should use is to review the area that you are fishing, or talk to some local fly fisherman or go into a local tackle shop and ask for some assistance. In general, some of the most common fly types are nymphs, emergers, dry flies, terrestrials, attractors, streamers, leeches or eggs. This covers the fly fishing gear section of the equipment used for fishing.


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