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Tip of the Week – Tie a Better Egg Pattern 

Tip of the Week – Tie a Better Egg Pattern 

This weeks tip provides some guidance on tying a better egg pattern. This time of the year, fish will be keying on eggs drifting downstream either from spawning brown trout or steelhead.  To take advantage of this, your fly box needs to be stocked with […]

Hook & Fly Base Layer Product Review

Hook & Fly Base Layer Product Review

I’ve been in the market for a new base layer that was both warm yet breathable.   Often times when I’m fishing in late Fall or early Winter, the temperature in the morning is frigid, but will warm up throughout the day.   My usual base layers […]

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week

This week’s tip involves setting your rod up before you even get in the water.   How often have you run line leader first through your guides only to get to the last eye and have the leader slip through your fingers and slide all the […]

Best Fly Tying Patterns – December

Best Fly Tying Patterns – December

This is the first of a monthly feature highlighting the top fly tiers and patterns from around the world.   What I find truly spectacular is how these tiers can combine materials together and develop a fly that is impressionistic in its profile and proportions.  Furthermore […]

Winter Fly Fishing Tips

Winter Fly Fishing Tips

Here in Pennsylvania I’m fortunate to be able to fish year weather permitting. I have the privilege of targeting Great Lakes Steelhead until the creeks freeze over any number of the spring creeks available through the central and eastern part of the state. One thing […]

Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week

Here at the Fly Fish Guy,  we are committed to sharing our experiences to help you become a better fly fisherman.  Each week, we’ll be posting a simple hack that will help take your fly fishing game to the next level. This week’s tip involves […]

Must Have Stocking Stuffers for your Fly Fisherman

Must Have Stocking Stuffers for your Fly Fisherman

Fishpond River Rat Beverage Holder – I have a few friends that just may enjoy drinking in the stream more than the fishing itself.  Well for those of you tired of stuffing beers in your vest or pack, Fishpond has come to the rescue.  Their […]

Summer fly fishing – warm water species you should be targeting

Summer fly fishing – warm water species you should be targeting

Photo: @chrisbfreshly Here on the East Coast come July, August and September the weather gets hot and the trout fishing shuts down in most areas. If you’re like me not being on the water for 3 months is excruciating. What I decided to do this […]

Summer fly fishing – How to beat the heat

Summer fly fishing – How to beat the heat

When the temperature goes up most people pack up their gear and wait for the calm cool of the Fall to get back out trout fishing. If you’re like me I just can’t wait that long. To help you out I put together few tips […]

Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

Best Fly Fishing Gear for Beginners

For better or worse,  fly fishing requires a little more precision with your tackle than traditional bait or spin fishing.  You probably won’t notice poorly made gear much while your dragging a worm around on a hook,  but you will notice a difference when trying […]


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For better or worse,  fly fishing requires a little more precision with your tackle than traditional bait or spin fishing.  You probably won’t notice poorly made gear much while your dragging a worm around on a hook,  but you will notice a difference when trying to land a weightless fly 30 feet away from you.  This isn’t a bad thing.  I think it’s what makes the sport challenging and so rewarding.   With that said,  digging into the technicalities of the rod, reel, line,  and waders can definitely be a deterrent.  What we’ve done is simplified these choices to help you get on the water.

Rod/Reel/Line – This is obviously the most critical element in any fly fishing arsenal.  The good thing tho, is many major brands are offering combo kits equipped with a rod, reel, line and in some instances a case.  You no longer need to do the research of matching the right reel with the right line with the right whatever.  Its all done for you.  There are a couple caveats that I’ll toss in here.  These kits will range any from rod size/weight and quality.  I recommend a 5 weight rod/reel setup for all beginners.  It will have enough strength to handle large fish and also still deliver a rewarding experience with the stocked trout in your local creeks and streams.  I also recommend a setup with a quality reel.  In my youth, I had a cheap reel  and it showed.  The reel was made of a cheap resin and eventually cracked, the drag sucked and it inevitably got dirt inside and would grind uncontrollably every time I used it.  Don’t make the same mistake and get a quality combo kit like the Redington Path or Orvis Clearwater kit.

Redington Path

Orvis Clearwater 

 

Waders – Great story here.  When my father and I first began fly fishing, he gave me his old fireman boots so that I could walk into the shallow water without getting my clothes wet.  Fast forward a few years and we graduated to some god awful rubber hip waders.  We fumbled through what to do for years until we finally became educated on the value of good quality breathable waders and what a difference it makes to your comfort on the water.  If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to learn from our mistakes and invest in a decent pair of waders and wading boots like these ones from Hodgman and Korkers.

Hodgman H3

Korkers Wading Boots

Accessories – Bad news here is that the options are endless and you can spend hundreds of dollars on crap that you’ll never use.  I’ll try and touch on the essentials for you here and let you make the final call.

Vest/Pack – I actually prefer chests and sling packs.  I found it easier to stuff food/drink in these along with my fly boxes.

Nets – I avoid the traditional netting material and go for a rubber coated options.  This is better for the fish and you won’t get your hooks tangled as much either which is a huge benefit.

Lastly, you’ll need some basic leader, tippet, indicators and a good quality fly box.  These are the products I use regularly and think they’ll work great for you as well.

RIO Tippet

RIO Leader

Airlock Indicators

Tacky Fly Box