Friday, August 17, 2012

Cabela's Online FlyFishing University

If you are brand new to fly fishing in general, take a couple minutes to review the materials found in Cabela's Online Flyfishing University -

It is a good intro, it will help you become familiar with some of the terminology and such.  Feel free to skip the section on reels.

Upon completion, you receive a free one year membership to the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF).  That may also prove informative.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

What do I need?

One of the most common questions I'm asked is - "Besides a rod and a line, what do I need to start fishing?"

One of the most appealing aspects of fishing a fixed-length line system is it's simplicity.  Simply put, all one needs is a bit of light mono to serve as a leader/tippet, and a fly. 

Even the fly box in the above photo is a bit of overkill.  Many folks, myself included only fishes one or two patterns.  You probably do want an extra fly or two of each pattern, in case you loose one.  But that's it.

I am a self confessed gadget junkie, so I must confess, I do carry significantly more than pictured above.
Here's a picture of my "kit" -

Although entirely optional, I also carry a fly removal gizmo, along with a rubber band that I use to refresh my fly when it gets wet and sodden.  I do use a small chest pack, to which I've attached a line clipper that I use to trim the tippet tag on the rare occasion that I need to tie on a new fly.

But that's it!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rubber Band Fly Restore

Here's a great little trick to restore a wet and drowned fly without having to resort to tying on a new one.