Beginning Fly Fisherman needs all gear

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#1
Hi All

I am just getting started in this great sport and cannot afford the prices I see in the stores.

I would like to buy as much gear as I can used.

I will be fishing lakes and streams in Idaho and Nevada for trout.

I would like both recommendations on the gear that I should buy and also offers on gear that you may no longer need due to upgrading of your equipment.

Let sstart with the basics I guess.
Rod?
Reel?
Waders? Size large
Vests? Size large
Shoes (size 10.5 - 11)

Anyother help is much appreciatyed!

Thanks,
Randy
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chadk

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#2
There are posts upon posts if you do a search that should help out. Look into wwgrigg rods, quarrow, and TFO for starters. Medalist reels are all you really need and the price is right. Keep an eye on the classifieds and check ebay and craigslist as well.
 

chadk

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What rod and line would it be matched up for? What species are you targeting?

Go to the pflueger website or even Cabelas and look up the models and what line fits on them.
 
#5
Finish for Idaho trout 12" - 24" typically

Light to ultrlight action

Lakes, rivers, and small streams

Brands are a good start but I would like to have models as well for recommendations.

Thanks for the help!

Randy
 

mike doughty

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Since you are fishing for trout, i would stick with a 5 weight set up or even a 6 weight, which means that your rod would say 5 or 6 weight and your reel the same. with lines you can go up a size or down a size, but a line that is a 5 or 6 weight is what i would stick with. if you want to keep it pretty cheap i think your best bet would be to shop at cabelas. they have rod and reel combos that are cheap but should serve you just fine.
 
#7
Rod Length: 8' to 9'

Rod weight: 5

Line: WF5

Reel size: 5/6

This is the most versatile rod/reel combo for your applications IMO. Make sure the rod is made of graphite. You can get all of this in a combo pack. Cortland makes one, and so does Scientific Anglers. I would recomend buying the "starter kit" because all the sizes will match and you can save a lot of money. The prices range from ~60-120 bucks. You can find the kits at your local fly shop or GI Joes/ Outdoor Emporium/ even Walmart has the Scientific Anglers kit.
 

Kent Lufkin

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#8
tightlines said:
Rod Length: 8' to 9'

Rod weight: 5

Line: WF5

Reel size: 5/6

This is the most versatile rod/reel combo for your applications IMO. Make sure the rod is made of graphite. You can get all of this in a combo pack. Cortland makes one, and so does Scientific Anglers. I would recomend buying the "starter kit" because all the sizes will match and you can save a lot of money. The prices range from ~60-120 bucks. You can find the kits at your local fly shop or GI Joes/ Outdoor Emporium/ even Walmart has the Scientific Anglers kit.
iagree Don't forget Cabelas' combos as well. They're a great and inexpensive way to get everything you need in a variety of price points.

K
 

Zen Piscator

Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.
#9
Great list, but do your self a favor and get a 9ft instead of 8ft, it will fish better in most situations.

Peace,
Andy
 
#10
I like a versatile chest or hip pack instead of a vest. A lot of guys don't care for vests saying they get in the way. Some guys wear them so often that the vest retains the shape of their torso after they take it off. Just something to consider.
I would agree that the 5wt 9 ft is the best all around rod. But if your doing a lot of hiking through the wilderness an 8ft of 7.5 ft is nice. I know that a lot of those streams in Nevada are like that. I started with a 5wt 9ft and quickly moved to a 4wt 8ft that I use in those small mountain rivers and streams.
If you look at cabelas webiste. They have a combo that a guide friend I know recommends for people who are getting started, so when they upgrade with their second rod they haven't already spent too much on their first.
It runs about $150 for a
Cabelas rod,
reel
case
2 dozen trout flies
A Scientific Anglers weight-forward fly line and 100 yards of backing
One bottle of Scientific Anglers fly floatant
Floatant holder
Two tapered leaders
Nippers
Forceps
Two small retractors for forceps and nippers
Strike indicators
Split-shot assortment
Leader straightener
Fly assortment
Chestpack to store all your equipment.

I think most would agree that all that stuff WITHOUT the rod and reel would cost you at least $100. So that's something else to consider.

One thing you might also want to consider is that 4 piece rods travel a lot better than 2 piece. A two piece is tempting because its cheaper but its tough to carry around an airport with you.

I have a 2 piece Loomis rod. 5 wt 9 ft, If your interested. Can throw in the reel and line that's on it. But its not cheaper than the deal I just mentioned.
 
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I think the most important thing would be to get someone to help pick out flies for you. I waisted a bunch of money buying the packs of dry flies, nymphs, and streamers from fred meyers. Only about 1/6 of the flies im ever gonna think about using.

T990
 
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