Ive been fishing all my life but i have never gone fly fishing. I go fishing on flats all the time and i want to try fly fishing for reds. any suggestions on what kind of gear i should get to start out with? thanks.
There's a lot of different routes to go here, but I will say that you can get started for 200.00 or less. Look at rods and reels or pre-mount combos from echo, redington, tfo and such. I'm not sure who your local dealer for fly gear would be, but we offer a few different starter combos at our store in that range.
If you want to take a drive over to look at some stuff, I'll have several of my personal setups on hand and we can go outside and throw some different setups
Everything he said, but add redbone to the list for starter rods. I picked up a 9 wt for $50 a while back, and figured it would make a good back up rod, or a loaner. That dang thing casts like it's on auto pilot. It feels a tad slow (all cheap rods do) but it is a really decent stick. You can pick them up new for 100 or used for about half that.
Cris V's offer sounds good to me.....You might even consider a used glass rod in an 8 or 9wt and a China made Pflueger Medalist 1598 for maybe $40 and SA has a couple of flylines that are modestly priced. Just make sure to rinse the outfit well after each outing. This should be done with any rig anyway. There are a lot of old 8wt glass rods out there but you are still looking at over a $100 more than likely. A lot of salty's have been caught on glass. Glass rods tend to be slow but slow can be a good thing and it is more forgiving for a new caster.
Rod and line are key. Dont spend money on the reel. 8wt is right for you. Take the suggestions to get some lessons too. I'd be happy to show you, but my technique (while functional) would cause anyone that knows what they are doing to laugh at me. Probably should not pass that on to anyone no matter how effective
I'm not a FFF certified fly instructor but I have been doing it long enough to at least provide some help should anyone want to come throw out by the shop. I usually have rods on hand from 3-16wt. I'm at the shop Wednesday-Saturday
Chris V ....that is an outstanding offer. If I lived closer I would surely take advantage of the offer. I have gotten down to the area on occasion. If the opportunity comes up again I will surely take advantage.:notworthy:
I also agree with you on the glass/graphite rods. I have and fish both. I learned on glass well before graphite was available. ...Yes I am a geezer
If your ready for another addicting habit I have a Reddington Red Fly 7wt that was a replacement for one I broke fighting a big salmon in Northern California. It would be great for reds, blues, bonita, spanish macs or anything along those those lines. I would probably let it go for 70$ with the case. academy has an okuma 7wt large arbor reel for 60$ and you can pick up line and backing of your choice for around 60$ maybe less. consult with locals for what is best for your saltwater needs. I used the previous one to fish salmon and steelhead in rivers 5 days a week before user error and massive overload caused it to break. If you take care of it and do NOT pull a jackass move like I did it will last for years!!! MY new addiction is sharking so I might be up to trading for suitable gear. PM me if your interested. Thanks and good luck UGLY
I have played a few times... A good instructor is key.
I read that the rod is MUCH more important than the reel.
My FIRST time trying was with a rod I got as a gift. I lived in a Condo on the beach at Perdido Key at the time. I tied on a generic fly and was casting into the surf with NO thought of catching fish. I got to a point where I made too mant false casts, but got some length to my cast (I cheated a little and was "double hauling" without even knowing what I was doing). I NEVER got the fly to lay nicely. It ALWAYS drops, then leaves a 4 foot loop in front and left of the fly. I am left handed if it makes a difference.
Anyway, EVEN with CRAPPY technique, not even expecting a hook up, the FIRST time out on the beach a Ladyfish decided to hook up.
I was SHOCKED!!! I had a blast, but the few times I've tried since I've been skunked badly.
Get the instructions. They will pay off. As far is rod/line/reel goes I'm not sure since we haven't made the move to that area yet. I plan on getting out on the bay or wherever is good when we get there though. I disagree with the reel saying by Jim. You need a good rod and a reel with a substantial drag system when hitting the salty fish. You don't have to break the bank, but you need to make sure that the reel is going to be able to handle the fish you are hoping to catch. That being said, I use a 2wt rod a lot for sunfish and the reel really doesn't matter. I wouldn't go the same route on an 8wt setup though. I'd buy a decent rod and and decent reel.
yeah, ive done some research, and by research i mean have spent a couple hours on youtube, but it seems its worth paying a little more to get better quality. im a firm believer in you get what you paid for.