I love the idea of fly fishing. I have the Lefty's Library of Fly Fishing books, a bunch of others, a lot of antique flies and fly wallets, a handmade reel case, a cheap rod, a Simms drysuit I got at a Goodwill for $25, and a Filson fly fishing jacket I got at a going out of business sale in Montana for $40.Also remember to fish close,no long casting needed. So many new people just walk right up to the bank and miss all the fish at their feet.
It's all expensive, no doubt. If you are to weight spending towards one aspect, it will always be the line. The line has the largest impact on your casting and success(as far as presentation). A reel just holds line(until you start targeting species that you'll need to get to the reel) and you wont appreciate a high end rod until you have experience casting.I have seen all of those videos! LOL.
I call myself a beginner because I am crap. I can still get the lure/fly out there and I have a superlight spin caster that can get it done. I have even done nymphs and san juan worms with a bubble and weights. It works if my fly casting sucks.
I am going to get a lighter rod and reel for rivers/streams. Everything I have seen is well over $100 though considering line, leader, tippet...
Thanks for the information and comments.
I am going to be around Weminuche Wilderness, then San Juan and may come back to Larkspur somehow via the Grand Mesa.I love the idea of fly fishing. I have the Lefty's Library of Fly Fishing books, a bunch of others, a lot of antique flies and fly wallets, a handmade reel case, a cheap rod, a Simms drysuit I got at a Goodwill for $25, and a Filson fly fishing jacket I got at a going out of business sale in Montana for $40.
But I can't fly fish for shit. Most of my life I didn't live close enough to a river to learn.
I went up to one of the 300 lakes on the Grand Mesa in CO last week and caught four 8"-12" rainbows in less than 30 minutes and I'm barely able to cast 20'
It's starting to hit triple digits here in the valley, so the Mesa will be swarmed, but, as with almost everything, if you drive past the first parking spot in the lot you can find primo parking a bit further out.How many people were out there, there sure are a lot of campgrounds on the mesa.
There's really nothing more beautiful to me than a long rolling cast.That said, the advice above regarding Tenkara is spot-on. I've been reel-less for a number of years now. My disco has 6', 12' and 16' rods that have taken up permanent residence. Same premise as fly-fishing from winter nymphing, drop shoting in the spring, split-shot for small mouth or simple bobbers and a worm.
My only advice is to not get caught-up in the hype. My son can out-fish most folks in the area with his preferred method using an 8' bamboo stick and a beaded hares ear year round.