Information for Beginners
e firmly believe that this is the
most important page in our cata-
log!! Unless we make it “easy” and in-
expensive for anyone to enjoy fly fishing,
fewer and fewer new folks will make this
rewarding pastime part of their lives!!
Consider some of the following things
when starting out:
For learning how to fly cast,
we strongly believe that a medium-fast rod
or moderate-fast rod which is just a “tad” slower) is your best! It will be more forgiving as you learn
to cast and you will definitely get a better “feel” for the line loading on the rod. Don’t be tempted
by the latest types of graphite & boron and very fast blanks. The latter will make it more difficult to
learn proper casting and also substantially lessen the weight of your wallet!
ines, Backing, Tippet, Etc.
There need not be a lot of mystery in this area. Starting at the reel,
you’ll need backing on the reel in case the fish “runs” a good bit. Next, the fly line is what you
use to cast the fly as it has a certain weight and taper. For the vast majority of fly fishing, a weight
forward floating line will work perfectly. Leader is usually tapered nylon attached to the fly line. It
will gradually taper from 7.5 to 9 feet, to the thinnest portion which is attached to the fly. This “weight-
less” section allows you to present the fly to the fish as stealthily as possible. Tippet is additional
nylon you can add to the leader as necessary for length or as the leader shortens due to usage -- lost
flies, breakage, re-tying, etc.
You’ll only need to know a few knots to
get this all together. Concentrate on learning
of them: Improved Clinch for attaching flies,
Surgeon’s Loop for attaching tippet to leader &
Nail Knot for attaching leader to fly line!! There
are many alternatives to these knots, but these
are enough to get you out fishin’ and catchin.’
See animated “Grog’s Knots” on our website for
detailed instructions on tying these knots.
Please know that most
folks are able to consistently catch fish on
just a handful of different flies in a few different
sizes. You needn’t make yourself crazy trying to
figure out what’s best. Many flies will catch fish!
You do NOT, and probably
should” not “break the bank” in order to get
started fly fishing. We get aggravated when maga-
zines are always trying to get you to buy more
and more expensive stuff that won’t make you
fish any better, but just part you from your money.
Remember, our goal here is to get you out fishin’
not shopping! For instance, reed our ‘rant’ on
page 80 to better understand our perspective.
Remember, you can always call Russ, Eric or me (Ron) if you have questions or need
help!! There aren’t a whole lot of places where you can do that anymore! Between us, we’ve
over 50 years experience of fly fishing and over 35 years of rod building! We’re here during “regular”
business hours, Eastern Standard time. After hours, our answering service will take a message and
we’ll call you back within 24 hours, or Monday if you call over the weekend. Tight Lines!!
FREE SHIPPING!! On domestic orders $35+
Beginning Fly Fishing
Fly Tying 101
Building your own fly rods
Making your own leaders
All the knots you’ll ever need
Fly pattern recipes
Fish of the Month
Fly tying materials
Rule # 1
Nothing, and I mean
INg CAN REPlACE TImE SPENT ON
Spending more money, too
much theory, chat rooms & magazines are not
a replacement for experience!
So get out on
the water and FISH!
INFO FOR “NEWBIES”