Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Beginner Package For The Fly Fisherman on a Budget


I know when you mention fly fishing to the average individual they either think expense or intimidating. I have had numbers of individuals tell me they would like to fly fish but they just don’t think they can afford the sport or it is too complicated to learn. One does not have to spend a pile of money to get into fly fishing. In fact you can purchase a fairly good combo at most outlet stores. Way before purchasing the equipment there has to be the desire to learn the sport and next learning how to cast. Some individuals may take fly casting lessons which can cost anywhere from 50.00 to 100.00.  To save money you can always get someone you may know to let you cast their fly rod for free. A suggestion here, don’t waste money on a fly rod and reel until you have had a chance to use one. I taught one of my buddies how to use one of my fly rods in last than hour last year on Smith Lake. In fact he landed his first small bass on that outing. Today he fly fishes with me all the time and absolutely loves the sport. After you have learned how to cast, you need a fly rod and reel. As stated earlier you can purchase a combo at an outlet store and the best for your bucks is Wal Mart. If you purchase the Crystal River combo, you get the 8 ft. 4/5 wt fly rod, reel with fly line, tapered leader, two sided fly box and the case to carry it all in for an unbelievable price online for 30.00. Now that you got your fly rod combo, you need to go out and land some fish. I would go to a local pond or small lake where you can get into some bass or bluegills. Landing warm water species with poppers will help you learn how to connect with your fly and learn how to play the fish.  You don’t have to spend loads of money on accessories to warm water fish. Again Wal Mart carries a variety of Betts Poppers, line stretchers, scissors, forceps, line dressing, floatant, tapered leaders, and tippets. All these accessories are the Fairplay Brand with leaders as low as 2.00, tippets 2.00, and the rest of the accessories under 5.00. Keep in mind you don’t have to buy all these items at one time; buy as the need arises. The Betts poppers are priced below 2.00 and will last numbers of trips. Wal-Mart carries a small fanny pack which is excellent to store all your accessories including your fly box. In fact I use a fanny pack to carry all my warm water accessories all the time, I just strap it around my waist and everything I need is right at my fingertips. Wal-mart not only carries all the Betts Poppers but a wide variety of flies for warm and cold water fishing. Everything I have mentioned will get you out on the water casting poppers and nymphs such as Wooly Buggers for less than 50.00. That’s not bad for the beginner fly fisherman who is looking to get into the sport and not go in debt to get started. Ricky over at Shotguns and Fishing Poles ask me to do a post on what it would take for a beginner to get into fly fishing. So this is my version, some of you guys might be able to do a better job and if I have left anything out please feel to add your comment.  

15 comments:

Ty said...

GREAT advice Bill. I started out exactly like that. Picked up a fly rod/reel combo, a few leaders and a handful of poppers for less than fifty bucks. Spent a couple of years catching bass and bluegills on local ponds. Ahhh, good memories. Super advice for any beginner.

Ricky Anderson said...

Thanks for the great advice. I know what i am getting on my next trip to WalMart.

Howard Levett said...

The so-called experts might tell you that you should spend as much as you can afford. I say no you don't. Not until you're sure you're going to stick with it. Good job Bill.

Brk Trt said...

The two main items in fly fishing are the rod and the line. The reel just stores the line and as far as a fly box you can use Altoid boxes or a Plano utility box. As far as flies go they can be bought on line very reasonable.
TFO has some great rods. and LL Bean has a great outfit,http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/50620?feat=2136-CL2.

Blake Hamilton said...

solid write up on getting into fly fishing the low budget way, thats how many of us got started. i quickly outgrew my clumsy budget rod and decided to invest some serious coin after i figured out i like it.

Shoreman said...

Good info, Bill. Only thing I can add is Walmart to Walmart the stock may vary. Our local Walmart in Jackson has virtually nothing in the fly fishing area.

Mark

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
My first fly rod came from Western Auto, I got the reel there also, both were quite heavy but back then weight didn't matter; all that matter then was catching fish on my new fly rod. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Ricky
Glad I could help you out with what it takes to get into this great sport. I hope you get the combo soon. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Areas of fishing have become so commercialized, to the point where the average individual thinks he has to have the best fishing equipment to fish. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Brk
I agree the rod is the main part of the fly fishing set-up. Most of the reels that come with the combos are large arbor reels. You can't go wrong with the typical combo for the beginner. I checked out the link and yes the Streamline is a good buy. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
I did the same thing you did some years ago. I now look for rods that are extremely light and a reel for super balance. One of my best set-ups is my G-loomis 3 fly reel, paired with my Hardy Streamflex 9 ft. 3 wt fly rod. Super light and extremely easy to cast. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mark
Yes some Wal-Marts don't carry the fly fishing equipment. The best way to purchase the combo and all the accessories is online. Actually it is cheaper online as opposed to the store. Thanks for the comment

Devin Angleberger said...

That's great Bill, I got a little something like that when I started. I'm sure this'll help out all of the "new fly guys" out there.

Bill Trussell said...

Devin
Hope those who want to get into fly fishing will take a look. Thanks for the comment

Alexander Coder said...

This was a good suggestion that you put up here...dude…..hope that it benefits all the ones who land up here. 

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