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K7NGY

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Hey - been a bit of a lurker for a while and reading loads of different threads, which have been really helpful!

I’ve just purchased Shakespeare Sigma 9ft 6 7wt combo as a budget starter. Also picked up a net and a bag. Just went round in circles on trying to choose a cheap set up to get out and try, so went with a brand I’d heard of (rightly or wrongly?!)

We are close to Farmoor reservoir, so the plan is to fish that as often as possible and go from there. That’s why I went with the 7wt 9ft 6 option really, so hope it does a reasonable job.

Planning on getting a few other bits, but could do with some guidance on flies. Be great to get a quality starter box that gives some dry and nymph options etc. so any suggestions would be welcomed!

Really enjoyed reading some of the content on here - as a newcomer to fly fishing, it’s been a massive help.

Thanks!
 

GEK79

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Hey - been a bit of a lurker for a while and reading loads of different threads, which have been really helpful!

I’ve just purchased Shakespeare Sigma 9ft 6 7wt combo as a budget starter. Also picked up a net and a bag. Just went round in circles on trying to choose a cheap set up to get out and try, so went with a brand I’d heard of (rightly or wrongly?!)

We are close to Farmoor reservoir, so the plan is to fish that as often as possible and go from there. That’s why I went with the 7wt 9ft 6 option really, so hope it does a reasonable job.

Planning on getting a few other bits, but could do with some guidance on flies. Be great to get a quality starter box that gives some dry and nymph options etc. so any suggestions would be welcomed!

Really enjoyed reading some of the content on here - as a newcomer to fly fishing, it’s been a massive help.

Thanks!
As stated your very welcome and theirs a fair few reservoir anglers here who will share there knowledge.. Don't get to involved with rods reels lines and stuff not yet at least.. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Gary
 

Tangled

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BobP here is a Farmoor specialist, I'm sure he'll sort you out.
(Hopefully not with teams of buzzers on 20' leaders first off though :cool: )
 

K7NGY

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As stated your very welcome and theirs a fair few reservoir anglers here who will share there knowledge.. Don't get to involved with rods reels lines and stuff not yet at least.. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
Gary
Thanks @GEK79 appreciated. Yes, I’m sure there will be more purchases soon enough but for now I just want to get going! Will post a pic of the first effort - probably hook some poor unsuspecting jogger or something…perhaps I’ll get some ‘L’ plates so passers by know to give a wide berth!
 

K7NGY

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BobP here is a Farmoor specialist, I'm sure he'll sort you out.
(Hopefully not with teams of buzzers on 20' leaders first off though :cool: )
Thanks a lot @Tangled - will drop BobP a line. In my ignorance, hadn’t realised Farmoor had a pretty good reputation for trout, so really keen to give it a crack, especially as it’s so close to us. Was going to order some buzzers, so perhaps I’ll increase the quantities in readiness 😀
 

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Welcome to the forum and the hobby. If you haven't done so already, I'd suggest that you have a couple of casting lessons from a qualified game angling instructor (not one of your mates, unless they're also a qualified instructor!) before you go fishing. Getting your casting sorted will bring far more benefit than lots of kit and half a dozen boxes full of flies. Learning to do something right to start with is a lot easier than trying to correct faults and bad habits later! Hope this is useful.
 

K7NGY

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Welcome to the forum and the hobby. If you haven't done so already, I'd suggest that you have a couple of casting lessons from a qualified game angling instructor (not one of your mates, unless they're also a qualified instructor!) before you go fishing. Getting your casting sorted will bring far more benefit than lots of kit and half a dozen boxes full of flies. Learning to do something right to start with is a lot easier than trying to correct faults and bad habits later! Hope this is useful.
Thanks for the tip @Vintage Badger sounds like a great idea. I’ll find a local instructor and go from there 👍🏻
 

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We have already communicated, but I would agree with some of the above. Cash invested in a couple of lessons will pay for itself many times over. Casting is not THAT difficult - as I say to many beginners it can't be because I can do it. However, like many things there is a lot going on all at the same time, most of which becomes automatic when experience has been gained. As a beginner the tendency is to try to think every move through as it is made. I am certain I'd be the same if I tried to play golf. So, a couple of lessons and follow up with practice in the garden or other outdoor space until comfortable with the mechanics. When you think you've got it pm me and if I can I'll meet you and see if there are any little glitches that need to be ironed out before they become engrained.
 

GEK79

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Hey - been a bit of a lurker for a while and reading loads of different threads, which have been really helpful!

I’ve just purchased Shakespeare Sigma 9ft 6 7wt combo as a budget starter. Also picked up a net and a bag. Just went round in circles on trying to choose a cheap set up to get out and try, so went with a brand I’d heard of (rightly or wrongly?!)

We are close to Farmoor reservoir, so the plan is to fish that as often as possible and go from there. That’s why I went with the 7wt 9ft 6 option really, so hope it does a reasonable job.

Planning on getting a few other bits, but could do with some guidance on flies. Be great to get a quality starter box that gives some dry and nymph options etc. so any suggestions would be welcomed!

Really enjoyed reading some of the content on here - as a newcomer to fly fishing, it’s been a massive help.

Thanks!
Take note of Bobp kind help and offer.. 👍👍
 

K7NGY

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We have already communicated, but I would agree with some of the above. Cash invested in a couple of lessons will pay for itself many times over. Casting is not THAT difficult - as I say to many beginners it can't be because I can do it. However, like many things there is a lot going on all at the same time, most of which becomes automatic when experience has been gained. As a beginner the tendency is to try to think every move through as it is made. I am certain I'd be the same if I tried to play golf. So, a couple of lessons and follow up with practice in the garden or other outdoor space until comfortable with the mechanics. When you think you've got it pm me and if I can I'll meet you and see if there are any little glitches that need to be ironed out before they become engrained.
That’s really very kind of you @BobP appreciated. Looking into lessons at the moment so will keep you posted. Thanks again - the help you’ve provided on messages has been brilliant as well - lunch on me when we do meet as a thanks 😊
 

K7NGY

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Take note of Bobp kind help and offer.. 👍👍

BobP has been incredibly helpful on direct message @GEK79 - local lake knowledge too which is awesome. Very much appreciate all the help and support from the forum. Rod and reel arrives Monday - soon be getting strange looks from the neighbours whilst practicing casting on the green!!
 

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BobP has been incredibly helpful on direct message @GEK79 - local lake knowledge too which is awesome. Very much appreciate all the help and support from the forum. Rod and reel arrives Monday - soon be getting strange looks from the neighbours whilst practicing casting on the green!!
If you get stupid questions just tell them you are fishing for grass carp!
 

Vintage Badger

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BobP has been incredibly helpful on direct message @GEK79 - local lake knowledge too which is awesome. Very much appreciate all the help and support from the forum. Rod and reel arrives Monday - soon be getting strange looks from the neighbours whilst practicing casting on the green!!
It probably sounds obvious, but don't forget to use a bit of wool or similar and not a fly with a hook when practicing your casting... you won't impress many neighbours if you hook a domestic pet or a child!
 

K7NGY

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Just by means of update….!

Had a couple of lessons with a very experienced fly fisherman, and joined Millets Farm. Had a pretty successful couple of months, catching rainbows, Tigers and browns there, even during the warmer water temperatures. I did get to Farmoor, but preferred Millets as a beginner. Two private, smaller lakes, super friendly members and good facilities onsite.

Got a decent collection of flies building, and really enjoying trying different methods. The rod and reel works a treat, glad I opted for the Shakespeare starter set.

Thanks again for the support and advice, safe to say I’m hooked, and am investing quite a bit of time chasing trout.

Learning all the time, loving every minute on the lake.

Cheers!
 

GEK79

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Just by means of update….!

Had a couple of lessons with a very experienced fly fisherman, and joined Millets Farm. Had a pretty successful couple of months, catching rainbows, Tigers and browns there, even during the warmer water temperatures. I did get to Farmoor, but preferred Millets as a beginner. Two private, smaller lakes, super friendly members and good facilities onsite.

Got a decent collection of flies building, and really enjoying trying different methods. The rod and reel works a treat, glad I opted for the Shakespeare starter set.

Thanks again for the support and advice, safe to say I’m hooked, and am investing quite a bit of time chasing trout.

Learning all the time, loving every minute on the lake.

Cheers!
Long may your journey last.
 
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