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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Ssyslo View Post
    I just bought my first fly rod. Itís wright & McGill. I got it at a yard sale cheap. It has line but how do I tell what kind it is and if itís right for the pole?
    W&M make some descent rods. What does it say on the rod- name,line size, length of rod? To find out what line Wt you have if it's not known is to weigh the first 30' of line on a gram scale. I used to do this on the post office scale in the lobby. People look at you weird though. You can find line size info http://www.flyfisherman.com/blogs/fl...t-grain-chart/. Convert grams to grains[ 1 gram= 15.4 grains] Its OK to have a line that is a little heaver than what the pole lists. For a beginner it can help, but some lines just don't work well at all on any rod. The older wright and McGill backpack combo rod will not cast well as a fly rod overhead (like you see people false casting to get the line out) but it will work very well as a small stream rod to get out around rocks or trees. Good spinning rod, and easy to stuff in a daypack.
    You do not have to buy a 90$ line! You can get a used line to. Trade lines. Don't expect to do well starting out it's tough, and then it will be a challenge.

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    very interesting! thanks

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by chubbswheeler View Post
    My first fly rod was also a wright and McGill from a flea market. Had it for 6 months before even trying it. Honestly the line on it is important. If it's bright colored chances are that it's floating. Probably what you want for learning. Go out and use it see if it casts and the line actually floats. It could work fine or it could cast like crap. You'll be able to tell. Make sure it doesn't have cracks in it thay allow water to soak up the core making it sink.this is a problem with used line. If it works use it.
    Someone new to casting may not be able to tell if its a bad line or they just suck at casting. Its best to learn with decent tools

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    My first fly rod was also a wright and McGill from a flea market. Had it for 6 months before even trying it. Honestly the line on it is important. If it's bright colored chances are that it's floating. Probably what you want for learning. Go out and use it see if it casts and the line actually floats. It could work fine or it could cast like crap. You'll be able to tell. Make sure it doesn't have cracks in it thay allow water to soak up the core making it sink.this is a problem with used line. If it works use it.

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Assume its not the right one. Go buy new line. Go RIO brand, I like the gold, perception or trout LT depending on the size of rod (if you're looking for a floating line, that is).

    Fly line is probably the most important component of your rig. The right line can make a crap rod decent and the wrong line can make a great rod garbage. Its expensive, but don't go cheap. It will make all the difference.
    Last edited by TexWalker; 06-10-2018 at 07:10 AM.

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    I just bought my first fly rod. Itís wright & McGill. I got it at a yard sale cheap. It has line but how do I tell what kind it is and if itís right for the pole?

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by LURKER916 View Post
    I have some advice...

    Donít do it. Save your money and buy a new spinning rod reel combo. And with the rest of the money you will save buy a new boat and truck.

    Most expensive damn part of fishing ever made.
    And if you really want to save money donít start Spey casting.
    Good luck!

    On the real, go into KIENES and talk to Andy. Great dude, knows the Sac area really good as well.


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    at first I was like "oh man is he serious?" then I saw the last statement. will definitely check out Andy at Kienes! thanks!

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    I have some advice...

    Donít do it. Save your money and buy a new spinning rod reel combo. And with the rest of the money you will save buy a new boat and truck.

    Most expensive damn part of fishing ever made.
    And if you really want to save money donít start Spey casting.
    Good luck!

    On the real, go into KIENES and talk to Andy. Great dude, knows the Sac area really good as well.


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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Go check out Keines fly shop. They were very good to me 15 years ago when I got into fly fishing. They also have classes that are reasonably priced. I havenít been to the shop for a long time but they never gave me a ďhard sellĒ like that other shop off hwy-80 in Citrus Heights does (still a good shop though).

    As mentioned you donít have to spend $1000ís if dollars on a setup even though you can easily. Buy a budget rod/setup and see if you will use it

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    Re: New to fly fishing

    Final piece of advice....... as far as spending on what, I suggest this order:

    1) Fly Rod (Used Redington CT 486-4 $75)
    2) Fly Line (Rio Gold $90)
    3) Fly Reel (Garage Sale Pflueger Medalist $5)

    The reel is a line holder...... You can get a inexpensive model, used.

    Matching the rod and line to form a perfect combo is the key. The fly line may end up being the most expensive item on the list........ Lets face it, if it doesn't float (assuming you're going to start out with a floating line) or loses its ability to float over time, it's useless. Match the rod and line perfectly for your casting style and it's priceless..... The rod and line can be $165 total, but it could feel like it's a $900 combo. Price of the rod doesn't mean much if you can't match a line to it......

    There are a lot of great deals on super used equipment.

    Cabelas runs sales every now and then on the Redington Classic Trout fly rods. I like the 8'-6" models in that line up for standard Sierra streams, creeks, and small stillwaters.

    In summary, you do not need to fork out several hundreds or even a thousand dollars to be a 'flyfisherman'.

    p/s Buy a fly box of patterns and get out fishing..... you can learn tie your own patterns over time.
    Last edited by OceanSunfish; 02-02-2018 at 09:58 AM.

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