Tips For the New FlyFisherman



Dub Paetz has been a flyfishing guide for about 10 years, and blogging for about a year. He has a love for all types of outdoor activities including, hiking, fishing and camping. If you have ever been interested in learning about how to catch trout and the various species of this game fish, I encourage you to have a look at



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Ever Thought About Getting Into the Great Sport of Fly Fishing? Here are some Helpful Tips to get You Started..

Brown Trout Being released while FlyFishingFly fishing can be a very intimidating hobby to pick up. There are so many small tricks to know that it can be hard for the beginner to get their foot in the door. For instance there are up to 5 different technical knots to know in between your fishing reel and your actual fly (hook). Now those are easy to find online and figure out, but the whole process can be frightful to the newbie. So here are some hints to get you started easily, including the basic items you will need.

Fly Fishing Reel:

Now a fly reel differs from a standard fishing reel in many ways. The reel on a fly fishing setup for trout should be Fly Rodsthe least of your worries. The basic point of the reel is to hold line. You won’t need any fancy drag systems and crazy expensive reels to fish for trout. These reels can become very expensive (up to $1000) and that money can be better spent on purchasing a high quality rod and fly fishing line.

What Kind of Reel should I buy and How Much can I expect to Pay?

You can get a starter fly reel for around $30, don’t expect it to be very fancy, but it will do the job. Due to the standard technique of “stripping” fish in as apposed to reeling as you would in most fishing situations, you will not need a high quality reel. Once you get serious and start going after really large fish, then you should consider upgrading to a high quality drag system. (drag is resistance applied to the reel as the fish pulls. When the fish pulls with a certain amount of pressure, the reel will release line.) You can apply pressure with your hand to the reel to act as drag (called palming), instead of using a drag already built into much higher priced reels. So My advice to you is if you have a limited budget, buy a decent reel and save most of your money for these next listed items.

Fly Fishing Rods:

These are among the most important items in your trout fishing setup. You will find the price range of rods to be huge, and can easily cost into the $1000 range. However You won’t need to spend that much for a nice one. You can easily get away with spending less than $200 on a rod and you might also get the industry standard lifetime warranty. It might seem expensive at a couple hundred bucks, but you will have it for the rest of your life. By spending this much on a good rod you will be able to cast much easier, and shorten the learning curve. To try and

learn to fly fish with cheap equipment will potentially frustrate you and cause you to quit. So spend a fair amount on a rod that will be a pleasure to cast. This could easily be compared to blogging. You can write the greatest content in the world, but if you blog doesn’t look good and is not user friendly it can only ever be as good as your platform. So don’t use a crappy blogging platform (or fly fishing rod) and you will be much happier in the long run.

Fly Lines:

Fly fishing linesNow this is your most important piece of equipment you can buy. If I were using a 5 weight rod, the I would need to buy a 5 weight line. This seems obvious right, well probably not, if you haven’t fly fished. By using the appropriate weight line, you will ensure that you can cast long distances fairly effortlessly.

Just as it is important to use the proper sized line, you will also need to keep in mind that quality fly line is your very best friend. Often times people will spend a lot of money on a rod and reel and think that cheap line will work. This is not at all the case. You absolutely get what you pay for in this department. Cheap line will make casting difficult and will make the process of learning to fish with a fly rod very difficult. You should budget 40-50$ for a good fly fishing line. It will last you a few years and make your casting a breeze..

Fly Fishing Kits/Combos:

This is where the manufacturer will put everything you need in a nice little package to get you on the water fast with minimal shopping. You will need to be aware that these kits are not created equal. They frequently include cheap fly line, and inferior rods and reels. They are targeting people who don’t know any better, and are looking for an easy way into the sport.

These combos are not always a bad option though for the beginner flyfisherman. There are a few brands such as Redington and Scientific anglers who offer high quality kits that I would recommend at very reasonable prices. You can expect to find nice setups for less than $200. They include high quality gear and usually have videos and instruction manuals to get you rolling.


You don’t have to be intimidated with the thought of learning to fly fish. There are a lot of small parts, but once you have the basics you will be able to figure the rest out easily. It is also not nearly as expensive as you might have thought. I could easily write another 5000 words to try to explain this fairly complex style of fishing. But I don’t think I have time to write a book today. I have covered all of the small details of learning how to fly fish on my website. It is a vast subject that can never be fully covered and is a constant learning experience. 


  1. Oh God… Wao.. Atlast a Fishing Geek here on Comluv…
    I love catching fishes by our traditional rods and love doing that… :p
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  2. hello, dub :)
    Fishing is a very pleasant thing, especially if we’re having an problems or badmood.I
    really appreciate this post and I have visited your website. it is a great site I think :)This information will I be a consideration for me when I experience boredom at my work. Thank you very much!

  3. Some very good tips for a new fisherman is the time and day witch choose to go to fishing.He must use the solunar table for his fishing area and see the best times and days for fishing.One of the websites that produce these tables is and it is very good.
    Use it know!

  4. Tried it many a times during my childhood but not now. Though I loved reading this article about fly fishing. Its a refreshing article after reading so much about blogging and SEO strategies. This article take me a long back almost to my childhood. Good share mate, Keep sharing some more good stuff about fishing thing.
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  5. Great article! Fly fishing is one of the most talked about by anglers. However as soon as they think about the method and casting tech they seem to get put off. When really it is not as complicated as they think.

    Many Thanks

  6. Great post for guys who are trying to get into fly-fishing. Any recommended kit for first timers ? Any ball park figure for the whole kit to start with. Is it possible under 250 $?

  7. I’m glad I found this blog. I have never actually went fly fishing. I’ve only been deep sea fishing. However, I have always wanted to do it. So, this spring I am planning a trip to North Carolina’s fly fishing trail. I’ve never been but have been reading up on it. I’m hoping they rent equipment up there so I don’t have to buy.

    Have you ever heard of this place? It is supposed to have great fly fishing in multiple rivers and streams up in the mountains of western North Carolina.

    If I have to buy equipment when I go or when I rent I’ll be sure to ask questions about the rod, reel, and line based on the info you shared.

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  8. Hey dub,
    Nice tips and Thanks for sharing these tips of fishing with us. Truly speaking, I never does fishing in my whole life and only seen in movie but after reading this post, I learn some fishing tips also and I will surely gonna remember them.
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