On Episode 156, The hosts reflect back on their respective almost 25 years of flyfishing each, to offer hindsight for beginners and talk about what it was like for them starting out. The show is themed along the lines of what they would do again or do differently if presented with the opportunity to start out again. This essentially is an episode for those starting out, or are interested in giving the "fluff wand" a go.
The show covers gear selection and compares what the industry wants to sell you versus what you should be buying. Where should you funnel the most funds on a budget. Reels and lines a decision making process that's more simple than you'd think. Figuring out the casting, how important is it to get it right early on, or can you just get by with a scented fly and burley until you get better. Also, the raging debate on whether you should buy or tie flies, and how important is understanding fly tying to a beginner.
I think if your listening to this as a beginner or looking to get back to basics, you will find a very trimmed pragmatic approach to fly fishing that involves no mystery or elitism... Just an effective way to fish that will require a bit of discipline on your part, and not a lot of money.
As always, the show exists because of these great sponsors Nervous Water, Kettafly, Power Pole and Beast Brushes
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Great show boys. But in my humble opinion rod choice, whether you’re fishing fly, lure or bait, the very first question you always need to ask is ’what species do I want to target?’ No point in buying an 8wt rod if you’re targeting 8” trout on ant flies. This question usually leads to the second question, ’what size and weight fly, lure or bait do I want to cast to catch this species?’ No point in buying a 3wt if you want to cast big, heavy flies. 👍🎣
Sunday Feb 26, 2023
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