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  • Best Place/Way To Learn To Fly Fish

    I enjoy getting up tot he mountains whenever I can to trout fish but have always just used ultralight gear. I don't know how to fly fish and don't have any gear, but would be very interested in learning.

    What is the best way for a guy like me to learn without having to spend a small fortune? I feel like I'm missing out on part of the joy of trout fishing by not knowing how to fly fish.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Options in NC

    In NC there are a couple of good options, one is the Center for Wildlife Education at the Setzer Fish Hatchery on the Davison. They have a half day class at no charge. Davison River Outfitters holds classes and they do have a fee, but I don't know the cost. If you can wait until the end of April, Pisgah Chapter TU holds it's annual fly fishing school in Tryon which is a two day event. First day is very detailed and one on one instruction on equipment, knots, flies, reading the water and casting. Second day is on a local stream with a mentor from the Chapter. I think the Pisgah school is $150 for both days.

    The real value in taking any class is that you save time and time to fish is valuable to all of us! A day in class can equal a year or more of fumbling around on your own reading books and watching videos.


    • #3
      Bream pond

      Defintiely signing up for a class is a good way to shorten the learning curve. If you are a DIYer like many of us, I always point people to a friend/youtube to get the fundamentals and recommend them to head out to their closest bream pond. Learning to cast is obviously the first step, getting addicted is step two (bream ponds are usually productive, they eat almost anything, fight hard and most ponds have fewer things to get hung up on...tree limbs, rocks, etc.) and step three is line management, which you will have to learn on moving water and with some good advice from a fellow fly fisher or youtube (again). Good luck and have fun on the journey!
      Last edited by Flyfisher83; 12-15-17, 11:09 AM.


      • #4
        Entry level gear

        You don't need much. Fly fishing can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be. I used the same walmart combo for the first 3 years before upgrading. Not that I recommend going three years without upgrading at least your line, but don't get hung up on having to get a nice rig right out of the gate. I've been fly fishing for over 15 yrs and have never owned a rod or reel over $200...and lawdy, there are plenty of options above that price range. Any 4wt, 8-9ft rod should do the trick for most waters around here. Unless you are targeting larger species, the reel isn't going to make that much of a difference. Large arbor is nice, but not a necessity. Just make sure you get a 4-5wt reel to match your line and rod. Aim for mid-level line to start (RIO Mainstream or something comparable is a good place to start). Big Y Fly Co. also has a huge selection of bugs at a very affordable price, and allow you to select flies by species and region/state.


        • #5

          I would go to a class first and then decide if I want to even continue, much less spend some $$$. One of the best starter sets I know of is the LL Bean starter kit - literally just add water for about $100. Orvis has something similar but more like $150. All of the classes I mentioned provide all the equipment.

          The other way is what I witnessed one day at Unicoi Outfitters when I just stopped in to say hello to Jimmy. Two well dressed ladies came in the shop and one wanted to outfit her significant other with the whole fly fishing enchilada. Jimmy handled her request and to his credit, did not try to push her to the next most expensive version but always quality. The ladies left the store a couple thousand dollars lighter, but very happy.


          • #6
            River Through Atlanta runs a beginners course. Here is a groupon.



            • #7
              Go to any Orvis and sign up for their Fly fishing 101. It`s free. Then advance to their 201 course and lastly the 301. All free! They do an outstanding job.
              "If you aren`t fishing out West.... well you`re just plain fishing"


              • #8
                X2 on the Orvis free classes.


                • #9
                  There are a ton of videos on YouTube that are better than beating the water into a froth until you figure it out (that's the way I learned); My fish don't bite they run up to me to get out of the way of the line.
                  Want to hear God laugh? Tell Him your plans.


                  • #10
                    Contact Unicoi Outfitters. They have whats called the Gilligan Special... I bought one for my better half for valentines, and we schedule the outing in May... They supplied the rod, waders, boots, instructions and river. Had a great time. I figured it would be easier to let someone else deal with the hassle of teach her versus me.
                    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. ~Mark Twain