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Tried out the new fly rod, she's a beaut, crazy flex but still is able to flick it out quite far.
Damn, that's a hobby I really want to get into. How long you been doing it?
I just started this spring but if you get about 5 minutes worth of teaching on the water you'll be able to excel in it quickly. It's expensive, but I could give you the route I took to get started and depending on where you are a list of flies that are good for it.
I'm in Central Texas, so there are a lot of good rivers for it around here. I know it's expensive. I've thought about taking an adult ed class or something at a community college once I get some gear. Somebody told me they paid a guide from the area to take them out for a half day and it was very helpful.
Well, I'm not really sure what kind of fish you'll be going for, but if you do buy a setup, you should start out at a 5-weight rod just to get the feel of it. It doesn't have to be expensive, but if you don't go over $50 you'll regret it because the reel will be garbage and you'll find it hard to get the line through the guides.
If you plan on being in for the long run and have a little money to spend I suggest getting the Orvis Clearwater setup or at least the Clearwater rod. I have the 8 weight version of it and it's a touch stiff, but you can really put it out there. Depending on your financial situation you could go for the Orvis Access setup which has a fast action tip, but that's a little advanced for a beginner.
You'll need some waders, depending on how warm the water is in Texas, you can go with lightly insulated waters for the fall months and spring months, and in the summer go in either a neutral colored athletic short or just some breathable waders.
As for flies, you should ask your local fly fishing store, or just some people you know fish around the area and ask them what they are usually successful with during certain times of the year.
The first link I attached is straight from Orvis and is the regular 5 weight Clearwater setup, the second is slightly cheaper, but is the same rod and a higher quality reel. The third link is a store you can get flies for dirt cheap, they aren't the greatest quality, but you can't argue with the price. If you don't want to spend that much on a beginning setup you can just go to LL Bean and grab their beginner's 5 weight setup or the last link which is the Streamline combo strictly meant for beginners.
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Thanks, m&b. Appreciate the advice. I've looked a little on Craigs List before for a used one, but I have no idea what I'm looking for.
I don't suggest going for a used setup unless it's Orvis because they have a 25 year warranty.
How big are the fish you'll be going after?
I'm about three inches.
This post was edited by Ducksworth 23 months ago
Whoops, sorry, read that as "how big are the penises you'll be going after?"
Highly doubt it, it would be a miracle if I did.
I've yet to see a single game
Go Blue and Go Titans!
Bass and trout, so rarely anything over 5 pounds.
Ducksworth, I called you out on FB.
Either reply or forever be known as a pussy.
Alright so a 5 weight would be perfect for you.
I was wondering the same thing.
It's a party, everyone is invited!
Am I not welcome here?
You're like the girl that gives out quick handies in the gas station parking lot when frustration builds.
Honestly don't know if I should be offended or be complimented?
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