Another newbie - Fly Fishing Forum
Getting Started The only dumb question is the one not asked

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-09-2005, 08:34 PM
Geronimo Geronimo is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 6
Another newbie


I actually got started in fly fishing about 15 years ago, when I bought a cabelas 9' 6wt package. Then life got in the way... and the fly gear just sat around all this time.

Now I'm finally at a stage where I can get out and enjoy it a bit. I'll be fishing mostly rivers and streams for trout, bass and panfish. I rented a Mel Krieger video about basic casting and I've been playing around with a little fly tying (very basic).

Anyone have any suggestions for beginners that represent high value and fundamental importance?

Thanks! This forum looks very interesting.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 01-09-2005, 11:35 PM
Active Member
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 498

Welcome, always good to see new faces here. It's still a bit cold in Minn. right now to get outside and practice the cast, but you know I have had good luck using the neighborhood elementary school gym on eves to practice casting when the weathers bad.
Is there a club that gets together in your area? Or you can call the nearest Trout Unlimited office to get info on clubs and groups. Networking my friend, on the web or by word-of-mouth. Find a fly shop close by and go shoot the breeze for a few on a Saturday. Spring is just around the corner so nows the time to get ready
Hope this helps

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-10-2005, 12:22 PM
FrenchCreek's Avatar
FrenchCreek FrenchCreek is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Bow River in Calgary
Posts: 865

Welcome aboard,
Here are my thoughts on start-up or re-start... & fundamentals
1- Take a lesson from a certified casting instructor, this will accelerate your learning curve and prevent/minimize many errors that take a long time to correct. It also gives a "base" for other learnings and experimentations. Winter is a good time to do this...
2- Use the gear you have and stick with it for at least 30-60 days of fishing/practice time. It is so tempting to keep changing gear given the vast array of stuff that is out there. Once you have this gear relatively mastered, you can then appreciate the differences that alternatives offer. E.g. until you you get to "feel" the load on your current gear, testing other rods makes little sense.
3- If you only have a floating line, then buy a sinking leader that you can add to the front end of your floating line. This will allow you to learn to cast with a slightly heavier front end and also get down to some of the fish you are targeting. It is also much less expensive than buying another line and spool.
Casting is but 5% of fly fishing, but unless you become reletaviley competent (doing a 35-45 foot cast consistently with a good loop and rod/line load with a dry line) at that part first, the rest will be much more difficult, e.g. presentation, leaders, tippets, line management, specialty casts, etc.
Ditto as well on what DeerHaawk has said.
Pete AKA Frenchcreek from Calgary
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-10-2005, 10:37 PM
bluegillbob bluegillbob is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: North Carolina, USA
Posts: 54

Hi Geronimo!

Wanna have fun? Get a 4wt! I chase LM bass, bluegills, and crappies with a 4wt. I have the Hobbs Creek combo from Bass Pro Shops in 4wt. The rod is 7' 6", and is a 4pc. With practice, you can get 60 feet casts with it...I do! My combo ran $110, and I have fun everytime I cast it!

I can throw 2" bugs with my 4wts. A 4wt will throw bigger flies than you imagine!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-12-2005, 12:50 PM
teflon_jones's Avatar
teflon_jones teflon_jones is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Colorado Front Range
Posts: 1,310
Send a message via AIM to teflon_jones Send a message via Yahoo to teflon_jones
I'd make sure you practice cast with a decent-sized fly so you get used to the wind resistance. Take a #8 Muddler minnow or something similar and clip the hook at the mid-point of the bend.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-13-2005, 11:45 AM
Geronimo Geronimo is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 6

This all sounds like good advice. The more I learn about fly fishing, the more sure I am that casting and presentation are 1st and foremost.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-14-2005, 09:12 PM
Possumface Possumface is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 12
when i fished the streams the fish taught me a whole lot about there locations and where to look for them. pay attention to the size of rocks, weeds, depth , wind, weather, time of day, sun. and make a mental note it will come in handy in the future.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie titleguy Spey Casting... 0 03-03-2006 02:28 PM
newbie trout5 Getting Started 1 03-02-2006 05:23 AM
Also a Newbie smallmouth Member Profiles 3 03-21-2003 05:33 PM
newbie saying hello silverbullet Member Profiles 11 09-19-2002 08:34 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:34 PM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)