Adventure Outdoors Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 48

On the Fly F ly fishing takes much more skill than your average day on the water. Of course, each method requires a certain basic knowledge and overall experience, but when we get into casting, proper waders, reel clutches, and larger weight lines, we are talking some serious know-how. If you are into fly casting, and you consider yourself experienced, you can probably still remember the feeling of embarrassment whilst trying to tie your knots and back your reels. Giggling from the other casters surely vibrated the water around you, and your cheeks may have surfaced a crimson glow. Nevertheless, the horror is over and now you are an experienced fly fisherman. It’s your turn to laugh at the rookies, right? Wrong! Be helpful. You know how hard it was to learn. If you are just starting out, be prepared to get laughed it. You will look ridiculous for a while, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want a regular rod again. Fly fishing is all about the gear; the trick to casting comes with practice. If you don’t have the proper reels and Photo by: George Veazey weight lines, you are going to come up empty-handed or with broken equipment every time. Start by asking questions as to what you are going to need for the specific fish and area. For example, you need to invest in a saltwater-proof reel if you are taking it to the coast. Regular reels will not hold up in saltwater, and will corrode easily, even if you are careful about rinsing it. Also, if you are planning on fly fishing in saltwater, you are going to need a heavier line because the fish you’ll be catching will be larger in size than your normal trout or bass. Looking to get all-in-one fly gear for a variety of fish? That’s a tough one. We suggest buying a heavier rod. While you may not need a heavy rod for trout or bass or even smaller salmon, you will need a heavier rod for saltwater fishing. You can always cast a lower weight line on a heavier rod, but you cannot cast a heavier line on a lighter rod. You’ll find a good 8-10 weight rod (with 8-10 weight line ideally) for around $300-$500. Saltwater-proof reels are available for $100-$300. Is it that important? In short, yes. There is no point in using a regular reel because you will end up spending more money replacing it each time, rather than just spending the money all at once to get a product that you know will last a while. Another thing to consider is waders. Every fisherman should own a decent pair of waders anyhow, but if you are planning on doing a lot of fly fishing, you are going to need a step above the standard, as you will be in the water the entire time you are fishing. We suggest sticking with the 5mm or better neoprene waders, with insulated legs, and a good pair of rubber water boots. The best sets go for about $150-$200 a pair. Overall, yes, the gear to go fly fishing with costs a pretty penny, but these are all things that will last for a long time and are multi-purpose items. 46 Summer 2016 Adventure Outdoors