35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

(haunting singing) – [Narrator] During this session we’ll be going over the tools
of a successful fly fisher, and safety tips for when
you go out on the water. Please note that,
in all reality, all you need is a fishing
rod and some flies. But, the point of this lesson is go over the gear you’ll
find in the marketplace, and items that’ll help you
with your fishing adventure, as well as tips to
make sure you’re safe on your next memorable trip. You’re probably thinking
that the first thing we’re going to talk
about are the flies you just purchased, or if
you’ve never fly fished before, the type of rod you
might wanna use. Well, we’ll get into all
of that, but first I want to start with the basics, the
stuff that’s gonna help you when you get out on the water. The first thing I’d like to
discuss is relatively simple. It is a hat, and it’s probably
one of my favorite tools on the water. It protects you from mosquitoes,
from sun, from foul hooks. It’s also handy for
dipping into the river on a hot day to soak your head. Always grab a hat when you’re
heading out to the water. I like to keep an extra one
in my truck, just in case, and I always pack an
extra one in my bag. Second thing we’re gonna
talk about are sunglasses. I recommend
polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses cut
the glare off the top of the water, making
it easier to spot fish, and also be able to see
your fly on the water. It also can protect your eyes
from the harmful UV rays, and also from foul hooks. I also recommend
getting rope retainers to go with your sunglasses, in
case you fall into the water. There’s nothing worse
than getting wet, and then finding out you lost
your favorite pair of shades. Rain coat. Yes, another item that
sounds elementary, but you’d be surprised how fast
a storm can move in on you. And if you’re out on the water, and having a blast
catching fish, you don’t want a little
rain to ruin your day. Also, the biggest fish I
ever caught was in the middle of a downpour. The vest. This, in essence, is a
fly fisher’s tool belt. The classic is a typical vest
that has numerous pockets for flies, lines, weights, and any other small
item you might need. In recent years companies
have also come out with amazing day packs,
waist packs, and chest packs. Check out what is out there to see what fits
your style best. Waders. These are thick, water proof
pants that keep you dry throughout the day. When I first started
fishing, I thought I could do with just an old pair of
shoes and some shorts, but I soon found out that I
got cold long before I was able to get to where the
fish were rising. After I was gifted my
first set of waders, I was able to fish
long past sundown. They’re not necessary, but
I highly recommend them. There are two basic types of
waders: neoprene and synthetic. Neoprene waders
are very durable, and great for extremely
cold conditions. Synthetic waders are
lightweight and semi breathable. Depending on where you live,
or where you are headed for your next fishing trip,
you might be better off with one over the other. Just like a regular pair of
pants the quality will differ from one company to the next. So, I recommend going
to your local fly shop, and trying on a few pairs
to see which you like best. Most shops have huge discounts
in September and October, so look for the best deals then. This brings us to
the wader belt. It is one of the most important
tools that you can have out on the water. If you’re going to
be wearing waders you definitely need a belt. Water’s dangerous. It’s beautiful, it’s magical,
but it can take a life as quickly as it passes by. There’ve been two
times in my life when I’ve truly been
scared of the river. First time, I was very young. I was in about a foot of water,
and I got swept off my feet. I got really nervous, but
luckily a friend was nearby and grabbed me by my
hair and lifted me up. The second time I was
a little bit older, and I was out fishing a little
bit further in the water than I should’ve been. Stepped into a hole,
and next thing you know, water started flowing
over the top of my waders, and I wasn’t wearing a belt. And it kind of acted
like cement boots, kind of dragging me down. So, always wear a belt. This will help keep
gallons of water from filling your shoes
if you happen to slip into a deep hole. Wader boots. These are boots designed
to go over your waders. Some waders come with
boots already on them, and these are great for
things like duck hunting if you’re in really
cold weather, but they can be cumbersome
if you’re hiking around looking for the
perfect hidden spot. Think of wading boots as
you would hiking shoes. They come in all
styles and shapes, and offer a variety
of levels of support. I prefer a high top boot
with a good ankle support to help me navigate rocks
and terrain on the river. The soles on these
boots also come with multiple options of grip. Rubber soles. These are great for being
on a drift boat or a raft, or when you plan on
hiking long distances. Spiked rubber soles. Great for icy conditions, but not great for
moss or clean rocks. But, don’t plan on getting
on a boat unless you plan on walking home. Felt, my favorite sole. Felt is the best all around
sole for slippery rocks on the river. It’s also great for boats
because it won’t pop the seal. When the felt hits the water
it acts as an additional grip that sticks to slime,
ice, mud, sand, and pretty much anything
else your foot might come in contact with when
you’re out on the water. Combo soles. Some soles are felt with spikes. Some have rubber and felt. Some have spikes
on top of spikes. There’s a billion
combinations out there. I recommend starting with felt, and then experimenting
with other soles as soon as you feel more
comfortable on the water. The net. The one tool that’s gonna
help you land that fish. The type of fish that
you’re fishing for will determine the size
of the net you’ll need. Classic fishing nets are
made of wood and fabric, but nowadays you can find
nets made of larger thresholds and clear, rubber netting. I found that the clear,
rubber netting is fantastic. Your flat doesn’t
get stuck inside, and the net becomes almost
invisible under water so you don’t scare the
fish as you’re trying to scoop it up. There’re numerous companies
on the market making nets, and they’re a great tool to
add to your fishing arsenal. But, some people ask how do
I carry a net around all day while I’m fly fishing. Well, easy. You can place the net inside
your back pant pocket, or you can get a zinger. Zingers are hooks that
connect to your vest. I love these things. I know where my net
is at all times, and it’s easy to hook it back
on after I’ve landed a fish. The fly box. It carries your flies. Don’t worry, you’re all set. Clippers. These are also known
as teeth savers. It’s a handy tool to clip
your line after making a knot. Forceps or clamps. These are great for
clamping on split shot, pulling small flies
out of your fly box, and most importantly,
retrieving your fly out of a fish’s mouth
after you’ve caught it. I typically carry two because at least one
stream every trip, I accidentally drop
them in the water. And sometimes I’m
in a deep section where they’re
impossible to find. Slip shot or weights. These come in a variety
of sizes and shapes, and they’re essential with the drift hook
fly fishing system. I’m a fan of the beat weights, but some people prefer twists. This item comes down
to personal preference. Floatant. Floatant is a liquid or powder that help keeps your dry
fly above water longer. I use Gink because it
was the first to come out over 30 years ago. There’re numerous
varieties on the market, so experiment with them and
see which one you like best. The indicator. Like many things,
in fly fishing, you’ll find a thousand
different types of these. I recommend using clear bobbers because they’re
virtually invisible to fish below the surface. Colored bobbers are
great for beginners. They help you see the action
of the line on the water. Fish get deterred, or excited,
by these unnatural colors on the water. I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve had a pink bobber on, and the fishes come
up and try to eat it thinking it was a meal. After switching over
to a clear bobber I caught bigger and
larger quantities of fish. Leaders. These connect to your
line that then connect to the tippet and
then to your fly. We’ll go into detail
about setting up your rod in future lessons. Tippet. Tippet is what you use to tie
your fly onto your leader. The greatest innovation
in fly fishing in the last 20 years
has been the release of fluorocarbon tippet. Even though it doesn’t
have the same flex strength as the mono filament tippet, it is completely
invisible in water. I’ve tested both types,
and I’ve captured more fish and larger fish with
fluorocarbon than
en mono filament. To save on my fishing expenses I will often purchase
a mono filament leader, and then add a
fluorocarbon tippet. We’ll go into detail in the
line review in lesson five of the series of how to
connect all these together, and how to connect
them to your line. (solemn guitar music)

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