What will you be using it for, ie. species, lake or streamIve fky fished a few times before and i really want to get into it this year. I wanna buy a decent rod and reel but im not sure what i should buy. Where has the best prices? And what size should i get? any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
If you are thinking of just general fly fishing in Nova Scotia, the standard beginners rod is a 6 or 7 weight outfit. The importance of the word "outfit" can not be over-stated, a fly rod and line with the reel all have to match each other as to weight (which is the weight of the line) and this effects the size of the fly you can cast. A really good idea, if you haven't tried fly fishing before, is to go with an experienced fly fishing friend or to a lesson before you go out and purchase, as you will quickly then understand that some things sold in large stores rhyming with Canadian Mire and Fall-Mart may not be the best way to go. Fishing Fever in the city is a good place to look, and they are helpful, as would be the fly fishing lessons from Dennis at Atlantic Fly Fishing school. If that isn't possible, find someone on here near you to help out.Ive fky fished a few times before and i really want to get into it this year. I wanna buy a decent rod and reel but im not sure what i should buy. Where has the best prices? And what size should i get? any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I disagree, to some extent, with Bill, wrt CTC and Wally World. True, most of their fly gear is junk, especially the 'Superfly' crap, but not only. But hidden in the junk is one brand I've used for years, at least the rods, and that is "Cahill" or "Crystal River"--same rod, different names.
I don't know if "Crystal River" still exists, but "Cahill does, and they are a few bucks cheaper [$50/$60] at CTC than at Wally's. That's a long way from spending $300 to $600 bucks for a "name" in a specialty store.
Hi Bill;Hi all-
What Chuck says is part of the issue I have with CTC and WM - yes, the $50-60 stuff is there, but it still not really good gear, and a beginner has no way to know what is OK and what isn't. Just one example - many of the "kits" sold at these places come with a level fly line, which is very difficult to cast, a beginner should have a good weight forward line. To really see if they like fly fishing, and to minimize issues, beginners kits should be of good enough quality that it doesn't impinge on learning, and trust me, I have taught hundreds of people to fly fish (through the school system - Grade 3's and up!), you need a certain level of gear to succeed. You don't need to spend $600 either, though I agree.
Last year I sold several people a complete Temple Forks Outfitters outfit - that's rod, reel, line, backing and leader for under $250. TFO is North American and they have a No-Fault Warranty that is for the life of the original registered owner. If any of these folks are still on here, perhaps they would comment - I don't know where one could now get one locally, but I would look into getting similar for anyone if they wished. The only issue, as I was suggesting, is that it is better to cast a rod around a bit and see if you can get a feel for what you might like to fish for and what might work the best for you - this is where some advice/trying out is worthwhile. I would also say that despite one poster's experience at FF, I have never had that problem with them, I have found them to be very good.
Hope that helps,
HI there-Hi Bill;
All in all, what you say is right on, but I stand by my support for Crystal River/Cahill fly rods.
Hi Bill;HI there-
I understand what you're saying and agree that there are some good deals to be had, but I do feel that the beginner's outfit should be a bit better then much of the stuff being marketed out there. That's why I think it is important for someone starting out to get help and advice from someone knowledgable about the sport to assist. I also think that, in my experience anyway, it is MUCH more likely a beginner will be the one taking advantage of a good warranty - like TFO and many of the high end rods unfortunately, have - which is a no questions asked guarantee. I like the deals as much as anyone, but again, I'd simply state that it is much easier to learn to fly fish with a proper outfit, not cheap stuff. Cahill makes a half decent set-up, but they are one of the ones that sometimes come packaged with a cheapo plastic reel and a level fly line. On a more technical note, Cahill's like CTC sell are VERY slow action, which also doesn't suit many people's casting stroke. A size large guy or gal with good upper body strength would be much better off learning with a tip flex rod. Again, why the "try before you buy" mantra is so important. Then, if you find a rod you like no matter where it is sold, go for it with confidence.