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    Default New to Fly Fishing etc

    Hi guys
    Even though i have fished for over 30 years (sea, carp and match) its only now that i have decided to take up fly fishing. I have only fly fished once up in scotland and caught my first trout on the flie. I would like a little advice on what would be the best setup to get started with I.e Rod Length, line Etc. Sorry if there is already a post about first timers.
    Many thanks
    Morley

    P.S Im from somerset and would love to hear about some good places local to go and fish.

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    Rivers or stillwater?

    Neil

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    Hi Neil
    I'm looking into a bit of both.
    Cheers
    Morley

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardy fan View Post
    Hi guys
    Even though i have fished for over 30 years (sea, carp and match) its only now that i have decided to take up fly fishing. I have only fly fished once up in scotland and caught my first trout on the flie. I would like a little advice on what would be the best setup to get started with I.e Rod Length, line Etc. Sorry if there is already a post about first timers.
    Many thanks
    Morley

    P.S Im from somerset and would love to hear about some good places local to go and fish.
    Hello morley as neil has asked are you wanting to fish still waters or river then you will get the best advice from forum members who i expect will be fishing the same locations. ps a nice fishery i have been a few times when in the area is near spaxton, maybe google fly fishing in somerset too. ok then lakes, rivers?? or both but dont get too bogged down thinking will cost a fortune or not knowing too much yet and forum members will be most happy to advise. maybe even buying from forum classifieds to or members sales. anyway good luck and happy fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishy61 View Post
    Hello morley as neil has asked are you wanting to fish still waters or river then you will get the best advice from forum members who i expect will be fishing the same locations. ps a nice fishery i have been a few times when in the area is near spaxton, maybe google fly fishing in somerset too. ok then lakes, rivers?? or both but dont get too bogged down thinking will cost a fortune or not knowing too much yet and forum members will be most happy to advise. maybe even buying from forum classifieds to or members sales. anyway good luck and happy fishing.
    a bit of both you say still water and river, so i expect you need 2 set ups so am sure now you will get the advice required,

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    Hi fly
    thanks for the advice, im just finding my feet around the forums atm, I think I have been to the lake near Spaxton with the kids. its a big old lake only seen about 6 fishermen that day.
    Cheers
    Morley

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardy fan View Post
    Hi fly
    thanks for the advice, im just finding my feet around the forums atm, I think I have been to the lake near Spaxton with the kids. its a big old lake only seen about 6 fishermen that day.
    Cheers
    Morley
    hello morley, yes it is an old lake dammed up years ago to i would think supply clean water to the areas residents. also nice to fish and picnic and does hold some good fish.

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    For stillwater's ( small ish )

    9'6'' middle to tip action rod rated#6 ( you can overload this and put a #7 which will help you feel the rod loading)

    Reel nothing fancy Greys G-Series Fly Reel

    Lines floating and intermediate,best bet is to get them off pitsford pirate on here PM him for details

    You will need some backing to bulk out the reel and if you are lucky enough to latch onto a biggy

    Net

    Bag

    Flies

    flybox

    nippers

    Tapered leaders 9ft ( dont worry about droppers yet )

    Braided loops to attach cast to line ( easy for a beginner )

    Bass bag ( to keep fish in )

    Learn your knots Learn Fishing Knots

    Floatant for dry flies

    Something to help sink your leader sink ie fullers earth ( google it or look on here)


    Anything else just ask

    Neil

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    don't forget some eye protection. A hat/cap is also a good idea. A fly lodged in the scalp may not be lethal but gives pause for thought.
    "Take not out your 'ounds on a werry windy day" Surtees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill1 View Post
    don't forget some eye protection. A hat/cap is also a good idea. A fly lodged in the scalp may not be lethal but gives pause for thought.
    Rightly so Bill but being a fisherman already rightly or wrongly i just presumed he would have these.Oh and a priest if your into knocking them on the head,and some de-barb pliers not just for C&R but like Bill pointed out far easier to remove a hook from somewhere

    Neil
    Last edited by chelsea123; 14-04-2011 at 08:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelsea123 View Post
    Rightly so Bill but being a fisherman already rightly or wrongly i just presumed he would have these.Oh and a priest if your into knocking them on the head

    Neil
    Quite. It was just in my mind as yesterday I caught a fly in my glasses cord (still there, can't get it out. Shipmans) Half an inch to the right and I would be able to wear an earring.
    "Take not out your 'ounds on a werry windy day" Surtees.

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