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Old 02-12-2007, 10:51 PM
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New to Fly Fishing.

Well I took the first step into my new obsession of fly fishing . Been that i been a spinning fisherman for 20 years (both saltwater and freshwater) i know how expensive the initial investment can be.

So i shopped around and was patience (been searching for 2 month for the right rod) last week i stumble on a ST Croix Premier Fly Rod 8'6" 5 wt marked down to 55.00 originally 130.00. Been that i already had a gift card from Cabelas and have liked the quality and features of ST Croix rod i went ahead and got the rod and a case for it.

Now im searching for a reel and line for the new rod =) i have no prior knowledge of fly fishing. so this set up is going to be my learning set up and fishing set up once i learn how to cast and nail down the basics.

What reel and line would you recommend for this rod? im going to be fishing for ... anything that bites =) im hoping to go for smallmouth pan fish and trout im going to be fishing the following rivers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monongahela_River = mainly for practice and learning how to work topwater flys

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youghiogheny_River = This will be my main fishing place i have heard that this is the best river for fly fishing. and its only 10 minute drive !

ocassionaly i will fish the following lakes

http://www.fish.state.pa.us/water/la...canonsburg.htm

Im also hoping to visit Erie for some fishing off the rivers up there.

I was going to go with the heavier rods (7,8,9) but i opted to use a 5wt and save my money to buy a better heavier rod next year.

My buddy said that instead of buying and expensive reel t get a decent reel for no more than 75 dollars, he also said that i might not want to invest on very expensive line since im going to be using this line on dry land learning how to cast ETC.

Thank you for you advice in advance and look forward to talking with you guys.
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:56 PM
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Hi, and welcome to the Fly Fishing Forum.

IMHO, your friend is correct about reels. For the type of fishing you describe, mainly light warm-water, a modest investment in a reel will suffice. Make sure you add backing to your fly line, to give you a margin of safety should you tie into a long-running fish.

As to the right line: I'd get a floating line in a weight forward taper matched to the weight of your new rod (5 wt). Again, you can get by with modestly priced line, given that you'll be using it on lawns and driveways on occasion. Avoid really cheap lines, though, as it's hard to learn and get the feel of fly-casting if the line isn't finished and tapered properly.

Also, get some tapered leaders to attach to the end of your line, and you should be in business.

You mentioned learning to cast. Be sure to get expert instruction before you build improper muscle memory into your technique. Most fly shops offer instruction, and it's really worth it to start off right. It takes much longer to unlearn bad technique than to learn correctly in the first place. Remember: practice makes permanent.

Again, Welcome

And Cheers,

-- Eric
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