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Old 02-02-2014, 06:06 PM
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Hi all, I have been a fisherman for over 20 years now and have always stuck to coarse and carp fishing. However I am feeling the need for a change and am leaning towards getting into fly fishing.

The club that I am in offers a number of stillwaters, small to medium in size and a number of rivers too. My plan is to mainly concentrate on the stillwaters as they are closest to my home.

Looking at tackle has been my main point of confusion!!!!

What do you good folk think of the Greys GR50 rod kit? If ok what length, weight etc would you recommend?
I have, after a bit of internet research favoured towards the 9'6" 7 weight? or the 9' 5 weight has also been recommended too.

Would this be a decent choice?

Also, what other necessities will i be needing to purchase before my first outing? net etc

Any advice will be very gratefully received!

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Old 02-02-2014, 06:16 PM
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Hi again,

Get yourself to a decent fly shop and ask if they have a casting pool and tutor available, this money will not be wasted, as you can try a few rods and find one that suits you. A bit of casting tuition will be priceless later. A good tutor will also suggest a rod and set up for you. Show you how to get it balanced and loads of other tips.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:33 PM
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Have a quick look at this article and then come back with some more questions.

http://www.first-nature.com/flyfish/tr-tackle.php

3 points

First the article states that the further you need to cast, the longer the rod you need. This is only true up to a point, so don't dash out and buy the longest, heaviest rated rod you can find

Secondly, the most important bit of gear is EYE PROTECTION. A fly driven into your eyeball is no joke. A hat is also a good idea as it provides some protection if you drive a fly into your skull

Include in your budget a couple of casting lessons from a qualified instructor. Money well spent. Say £30 per hour. You won't regret it.

There aren't too many bad rods and reels out there although there are a few. You don't have to spend a fortune - entry level gear will do fine for starters.
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Hi if you read this forum on greys rods they aren't getting great reviews as posted earlier try to cast some rods before u buy I would also look into a good line more so than rod cause a good rod is pointless unless u have a well balanced line
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Thanks for the replies folks, a lot to take on board!!!

Can anyone recommend a decent fly tackle shop near or around the Macclesfield area? All of the tackle shops that I know/use are mainly coarse/carp biased.
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Give these guys a shout, they should be able to help.
www.maccflyfishersclub.co.uk/‎
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Brilliant, I've just emailed them
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First of all welcome aboard. Secondly prepare to be caught by the bug!. Extremely addictive and by far the best form of fishing imo. Never touched my course gear for 3 years
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