Fly Fishing Advice for the Beginner
First Things First – Getting Started in Fly Fishing
Getting a start on some great fly fishing. Steve Dobson clarifies what you need to know, and what you don’t need to buy when getting started in fly fishing!
So, my friend is getting back to fly-fishing. He has not done much fishing of any kind since he was kid in the UK as far as I know.
He has not asked me for my advice but you can bet that I have been thinking about it. The question I ask my self is this. ?Knowing what I know now, if I was to go back and start again with the same budget what would I buy??
A more important question might be, ?What would I not buy??
Face it; if most of us, we grizzled old veterans of the stream, were to total up the value of our fishing gear it would horrify our significant others. What is it that Koos Brandt said,? My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it?
For me now, it all starts with being warm and dry. A typical trouting trip here in the East begins in the pre-dawn darkness and ends with a long walk back to the truck as the sun sets or more often, stumbling through the dark of early evening. Therefore, the very first thing a beginner might want to do before even considering rod, reel and flies is inventory their outdoors wear.
From the pre-dawn to twilight, the day might go through a twenty-degree variance. As often as not, it will go from snow to rain to bright sunshine on any given day in April so buy what you need to be able to dress in layers topped with a wind-breaker or rain jacket.
You should do everything necessary to keep your feet dry and in good condition. If money is no object a pair of stocking foot, breathable waders with a nice, rugged pair of felt soled wading shoes is the nearly perfect choice for almost all Nova Scotian fishing.
My progression was from those black rubber boots with the red soles to a pair of inexpensive hip boots, to a pair of good, rugged Helly Hansen chest waders. I stuck with those for years until I finally invested in the breathable waders with separate boots.
In my opinion, these new waders represent as big a technological leap forward as any other aspect of modern fly-fishing including rods made with space-tech materials or the new fly-line formulations.
Here is the thinking. When you are cold and miserable your fishing is lack luster and unfocused. Fish may be rising at your feet but all you want to do is get the heck out of there. When you are dry and comfortable, your ability to focus on your quarry is unimpaired. You can enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Most of all, you can experience the challenge of wild trout at their wily best without the distraction of that pesky hypothermia.
With all of that out of the way, its time to look at gearing up – next time, The Bare Essentials for the New Fly Fisherman.
Steve Dobson has been a fly fisherman for
thirty years or more and a catch and release advocate for almost as long.
Through his time on and off the water, he has developed two tools that not
a single fly fisher should be without. You can learn much more about
these toys at