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New Fly Guy

New Fly Guy – The TFO Guarantee

Who is more likely to trash a fly rod?  An expert or a new fly guy? I recently fell and squished one of the stripping guides on my rod.  I pulled it back out and reshaped it, but it eventually broke.  I remembered that the guy at Bass Pro Shops where I bought the rod (this

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New Fly Guy – Tips on Tippet

I never knew that tippet had to be matched to the hook size until I happened to read the stuff on the back of a packet of leader.  I had always assumed that you just used the smallest tippet you possibly could given the size of fish you anticipated catching. Note the comment on the

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New Fly Guy- Quick Tandem Nymphs

To be successful, the first thing a new fly guy needs to understand is that patience is everything.  There are so many ways your gear can get totally screwed up with tangles, it’s just not funny.  But, patience does have its limits.  When my line gets all tangled, up, I make an instant judgment call

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New Fly Guy – Zinger and Fly Boxes

After losing two boxes of flies, I had to come up with a solution.  The problem is me.  When changing flies, I’ll take out the box and put it on the bank; forgetting to return it to my pocket when ready to move.  Alternatively, I’ll just leave the vest pocket open and the dang thing

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New Fly Guy – Things You Don’t Need

As a new guy, you get excited and assume you need everything that is sold.  Here are two items that you can live without. The first one is a tool to stretch your leader to heat it up just a bit and take the curls out.  According to the LL Bean book, it is easy

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New Fly Guy – Basic Strategy

It’s been three months since I started fly fishing, what have I learned about strategies, flies, and the proper fish attack weapons? Here’s where I am (and welcome advice): Rods:  On small water that is covered with trees (Big Hunting Creek, Accotink, Morgan Run), use a 7 foot, 4 wt rod.  On the bigger water

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New Fly Guy – Fly Boxes

When you are a new fly guy, the tendency is to overspend, and get one of everything.  Since that included a whole bunch of flies, I immediately assumed a large box was better.  There are a thousand fly choices that cry out to be matched to a hatch… somewhere… and all need a home. So,

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New Fly Guy – Fishing Vest

Now that I have all this fly stuff, what’s the best way to haul it around? In a previous post, I commented on the type of bag I used for spin gear.  I’ve been using the pouch system shown at the bottom of that posting for the last 6 months with great results.  It’s perfect to

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New Fly Guy – Strike Indicator

I’ve been out in California for the last two weeks on a long business trip and had the opportunity to get an applied lesson in fly fishing from a guide with 18 years experience.  We hit the Pit River (more on that in a different posting) and spent the day learning how to nymph for

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New Fly Guy – Line Dressing

I was going nuts. My floating fly line was not.  I cleaned it with the Glide line cleaner.  I cleaned it with the Orvis Zip Line stuff.  No joy.  The last 5 feet or so would still sink and hover about a foot below the surface.  I was concerned that the line was defective and

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New Fly Guy – Self Casting Clinic

Nothing like a little visual reality to bring you back to earth… After getting my fly starter kit for Christmas, I’ve been able to get out and practice a bit on the few warm days.  After the last practice, I was feeling pretty good about getting a handle on casting.  The fly was not snagging

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New Fly Guy – The Cast

After watching the Lessons tape twice, I worked on putting the pointers into practice.  With the great weather we have been having this January, it’s a no brainer to do something that will get you outside. As I mentioned before, I did buy two books: Getting Started in Fly Fishing LL Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing

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My books have hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, fishing-focused content and are available in both print and Kindle formats.

Note! If you use the Kindle Reader APP on a phone or tablet, the pictures are in color.

My books have hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, fishing-focused content and are available in both print and Kindle formats.

Note! If you use the Kindle Reader APP on a phone or tablet, the pictures are in color.

My books have hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, fishing-focused content and are available in both print and Kindle formats.

Note! If you use the Kindle Reader APP on a phone or tablet, the pictures are in color.

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