Beginner Rod/Reel Choice

#16
Alright I'll go with the advice that I have been given from multiple sources and pick up trout fishing first. Thanks again everyone for your help!
I think I'll head over to the shop again tomorrow and pick up my starting gear and I might give Kress lake a try this weekend to practice my cast.
Since two-pole fishing is allowed I might launch a bait rod as well in hopes of getting some action haha.
 
#17
Dude..... I am so not a gear snob, but bait and fly at the same time?!? Come on man! Lol

Hop in your car one of these weekends and head up I5 to my neck of the woods and ill take you out in my pram and show you the true fun that can be had on a lake with a couple of two rod endorsements
 
#18
Alright I'll go with the advice that I have been given from multiple sources and pick up trout fishing first. Thanks again everyone for your help!
I think I'll head over to the shop again tomorrow and pick up my starting gear and I might give Kress lake a try this weekend to practice my cast.
Since two-pole fishing is allowed I might launch a bait rod as well in hopes of getting some action haha.

Leave the bait at home, man. Get dialed in on fly fishing.

Just for sh*ts n giggles I went out on Martha Lake a few days after the opener, knowing it had just been stocked and would be fun. In four hours I landed 39 rainbows on an intermediate line with my damsel nymph. A lot of the fish were congregated in areas near the docks and you should have seen the bait chuckers peering over wondering what the F is going on as I was getting strikes, hooking up, and landing about 1 of each 3 strikes. Doing the math, I think at about 1 fish to 3 strikes, thats about 120 strikes in 4 hours - or a strike about every two minutes. And, yes, this is accurate stuff I'm saying here. Thing is - bait fishing doesn't hold a candle to fly fishing when it's done properly.

So, learn to fly fish, learn about aquatic insects a bit... and let the bait chuckers gawk as you school them when you're on the put n take waters.
 
#19
Leave the bait at home, man. Get dialed in on fly fishing.

Just for sh*ts n giggles I went out on Martha Lake a few days after the opener, knowing it had just been stocked and would be fun. In four hours I landed 39 rainbows on an intermediate line with my damsel nymph. A lot of the fish were congregated in areas near the docks and you should have seen the bait chuckers peering over wondering what the F is going on as I was getting strikes, hooking up, and landing about 1 of each 3 strikes. Doing the math, I think at about 1 fish to 3 strikes, thats about 120 strikes in 4 hours - or a strike about every two minutes. And, yes, this is accurate stuff I'm saying here. Thing is - bait fishing doesn't hold a candle to fly fishing when it's done properly.

So, learn to fly fish, learn about aquatic insects a bit... and let the bait chuckers gawk as you school them when you're on the put n take waters.

Haha. Ok, point taken - focus on the flies. Let's hope for the best than!
 
#20
I went back to the fly shop this morning and ended up getting a echo solo fly rod outfit. The price was good and it's designed for beginner's so I believe it will suffice.

I'll update after the weekend if I have any luck!
 
#23
Just got back from Kress Lake. It was a beautiful day and quite busy with people, but not much action on the fishing. I missed out on bank access with enough room to really practice my cast, but I did do a little practice with only short distance casting. The water was nice and clear and I could see the occasional bluegill fry nipping at the fly, but nothing of any worth. I only noticed 2-3 fish caught on the lake as well, which appeared to be small rainbows from folks trolling in a boat. I did catch and release a small bull frog haha.

Couldn't have asked for better weather though!
 

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#25
Can't be worse than actually starting out with flyfishing for steelhead.

I am actually starting out fly fishing for steelhead. It does have potential to bother the crap out of you. However, I feel that fishing for both still allow you to get out of the house and enjoy gods wonderful gift of nature. Oh god that sounded so sappy. Screw it I am running with it.
 
#26
I am actually starting out fly fishing for steelhead. It does have potential to bother the crap out of you. However, I feel that fishing for both still allow you to get out of the house and enjoy gods wonderful gift of nature. Oh god that sounded so sappy. Screw it I am running with it.

Exactly, that's my thinking. I've got free weekends (finally) and would rather be out fishing than sitting in front of the TV.
 

Greg Price

Love da little fishies
#28
Trout is great. Keep at it and you will be rewarded. What weight rod did you get?

Echo is an excellent choice. I have a couple echo rods and I use them more than my sages.

Since you live near Vancouver you will have terrific service. I broke my 2 weight tip. My father took the rod to the shop in Vancouver, they shipped a repaired rod back to me that i received ups within 3 days of my dad delivering the rod.
 
#29
Trout is great. Keep at it and you will be rewarded. What weight rod did you get?

Echo is an excellent choice. I have a couple echo rods and I use them more than my sages.

Since you live near Vancouver you will have terrific service. I broke my 2 weight tip. My father took the rod to the shop in Vancouver, they shipped a repaired rod back to me that i received ups within 3 days of my dad delivering the rod.
I ended up with a 9' 6 weight. I like it so far, but it has only been one day in a crowded spot so I probably wasn't using it's full potential. I'm thinking about getting a pair of waders on Friday and trying the Kalama as previously mentioned in the thread.
 

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