How in the world can anyone afford to start fly fishing?


This begs the question. Who was the person who created fly fishing? It certainly wasn’t the go into debtfishing gear guy? Why does it seem like the “fishing experts” want you to spend a billion dollars just to get started? Well you can if you want but i wouldn’t. If you think about it, the creation of fly fishing had to have began with a stick and some string. So how is it now that the “fishing experts” say that as a starter member of the “elite” fly fishing community you must spend a billion $ as beginner just to get going? Well you don’t.

Fly fishing is fun yo and it’s for everyone and it certainly doesn’t require that you break the bank, take out a loan or borrow from your grandparents to get out on the water and catch some fish. Take it from someone who used to sneak into his roomates room and “barrow” his fly fishing gear for the day or maybe a weekend or maybe a week, nothing has ever been proven, that if you just take a look at what’s out there and get an understanding of exactly what is needed to start you will find that it’s a lot more simpler than you might think.

Here is how I MacGyvered my way into fly fishing, which for the record, I think is the most amazing way to macgyverenjoy the great outdoors whether it’s with your family, your friends or just you. Ok let’s get started, check this out. As a young boy, well a college student, that’s young rite? I was basically dragged by my roommate to go out with him and try this fly fishing thing. I don’t know how he new it but after only one day i was hooked, see what i did there, and after i got tired of stealing, I meen “borrowing” my roommate’s fly gear, all I could think about was how I was going to get my own gear so I could fish whenever I wanted. I started demoing fly rods, letting the fly shop’s believe that i was interested in purchasing their high end equipment. I bought a cheap fanny pack that held all of my flies, tippet and line nippers, believe me it was nothing like what is out there today. I stole some thick wool socks from my father and an old pair of his work boots for wading. This how I got started fishing as a broke college student who just wanted to fish and get outdoors.

The point of this article is to show how with a little research and some investigation you can get into this great sport on a budget. Here is what i would do. Start with a fly rod and reel combo or a fly rod and reel kit. This is what I started with, you can spend between $200.00 to $500.00 for an awesome fly fishing starter kit that you can use and decide how much more you want to grow in this sport. Then get some nice wading boots and finish it off with waders and all the cool accessories that come with this sport. These don’t have to be purchased all at once, take your time and make sure this is something that you want to do and or explore.

My guide to fly fishing equipment for beginning fly fishing

  1. Rod and reel combo kit / package
  2. •Wading boots
  3. Waders, make sure they are breathable
  4. Accessories, this is where it gets fun
  5. •Enjoy your surroundings and have fun with you family and buddies

I love fly fishing and I hope if you decide to get involved in this amazing adventure that you will enjoy the journey. Take your time and remember that you dont have to spend a billion just to have a great time.

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Fly Fishing Basics

Enjoy your surroundingsriver

The first basic rule of fly fishing is just to enjoy all of the amazing surroundings. Whether you’re fishing a lake a stream or a river, take a look around and take in the wonder that is the amazing outdoors. I always think when I am out fishing that I am privileged to be on the water and I am part of the lucky few that are able to enjoy this great sport. Me and my fishing buddies have a saying “It was just nice to get our feet wet” Take advantage of the outdoors and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch some fish.

Basic equipment needed

Fly fishing equipment can be intimidating at first. All you really need though is a quality rod, reel and fly line, this will get you started fishing, all the other gear will come along as you progress. Its important to remember that you don’t have to buy the most expensive equipment out there but It does need to be quality. Quality gear will help to make casting easier and fishing more enjoyable, Click here for our suggestions about quality rods and reels, fishing is fun, keep it simple and enjoy.

Take advantage of the information out there

It may be obvious, but YouTube has some amazing instructional videos that truly take a lot of the guess work out of basic casting as well as understanding where fish may be holding and waiting for their lunch to float by.

Go to the local fly shop, if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby, I have found that the people that work at fly shops are there because the love to fish and with that they also love to talk about fishing. Make friends and ask questions, you will find that they are happy to help not only about fishing gear but more importantly about what is fishing well and what hatches are going on as well as what fly patterns are working the best. I seriously popped into a fly shop, that I had meant to visit, the other day and ended up spending over an hour talking to the staff. We exchanged knowledge and fishing stories and I left learning something about one of our local river hatches that I wasn’t aware of. I’ve been fishing for over thirty years and am still learning about this great sport.

Practice and repetition

With any sport you need to practice, practice, repeat and practice some more. I suggest going out in the back yard or the park or even a school yard, when the kids are out of school of course, and practice trying to hit a target say twenty to thirty feet away. You will gain confidence as well as understanding about your abilities when you get on that river and are actually casting to a fish.

Don’t get overwhelmed

Remember that fly fishing is not easy but it’s so much fun. There are a lot of moving pieces and parts involved and they are not always the same from day to day. Weather, temperature, water flows, wind, time of day and even the phase of the moon all come into play regarding fish behavior and eating patterns. Do not, I repeat, do not let any of this distract you from a fun day on the water. I’ve tried to study moon phases, hatch charts, temperature and water flow changes through my fishing career and for the life of me I still can’t figure it all out completely. Just enjoy the time on the water whether it’s with you and the family, you and your buddies or just you. Have fun! get your feet wet and make memories. Don’t worry about the small stuff Just enjoy the day, your family and your friends.

Keep these fly fishing basics in mind and you are sure to, not only, have a great time but hopefully catch a nice creel of fish. Keep in mind that fishing doesn’t necessary mean catching, fishing is fishing, it’s not a guarantee. Enjoy the time out there and make some memories, have fun and give respect to the great outdoors.


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