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Posted by\m/ CNR \m/ 1 year ago
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We've been inundated recently with all the eager new anglers trying to get rigged up for spring fishing! Great to have you all here! Please use the search function to find your answers first. Try "beginner" "starter" etc or even your location for better answer.

If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask it here in a comment rather than posting a new thread!

Hopefully we can get a good little starter guide going from all the questions and answers!

PLEASE be as detailed as possible when asking questions as it allows us to answer them better! Include such things as target species, location, budget, experience [or lack there of :)].

I'll link some threads as we go!

Search for beginner!

Search for starter

Search for waders

Looking for a first rod...

Noobie suggestions for 1st set up

New rod!

Archived Mega noobie super thread of awesomeness

Posted byMountain man stuck in salty swamp4 months ago
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Howdy, gang! It's been awhile since we've run any kind of contest here, and it's time to spice up the endless stream of your glorious grip-and-grin photos with a bit of variety and some fishy stories.

Yes, we're offering PRIZES. Step right up to win some fantastic fly fishing swag!

Here are the ground rules:

  • Each original story must be accompanied by an original photo. Post your submission to the sub and make sure that your subject starts with "WADER TALES" so we're able to find them easily. Please observe the usual content and redditquette guidelines; standard text post character limits apply.
  • Submissions must be in English, or accompanied by an English translation.
  • We're fishermen too, so we're fully expecting lies. Be artful and creative with your untruthyness. We aren't particularly concerned about accuracy so long as the story is entertaining and well-told. An unbelievable fish tale holds less water than a simply outlandish one.
  • Do your own work. We want to see your pictures, not photos you've scraped. Tell us your stories, not fishtales you've plagiarized. We will be checking for originality on any final candidates for prizes; if you manage to fool us, that's fine - but the fish gods will not be amused.
  • We'll run a contest every other month until we run out of prizes or get bored. Each contest will run for roughly 30 days. The announcement will be stickied, and reminders will be posted as the deadline looms closer.
  • Participants must be subscribers to /r/flyfishing. Otherwise it's completely open to anyone from any country where such contests are legal.
  • There will be four prizes for each contest: first place, a runner-up, third place, and a disconsolation prize for an especially terrible entry.
  • Winners will be announced roughly one week after the deadline for each contest. Decisions will be made exclusively by the mods, possibly with input from their significant others, children, fishing buddies, and trustworthy pets. All decisions are final.
  • Prizes will be shipped to the winners after private communication of addresses with the mods. We'll pick up the shipping.

A number of independently-owned shops and small fly fishing companies will be generously donating the excellent swag that you're competing to win. We've intentionally chosen to give exposure to smaller companies - not because we're hostile to the bigger players, but because we genuinely appreciate the hard work that entrepreneurs do to push our sport forward.

We're grateful to these sponsors and encourage patronage of their brands. Prizes for the first round will be provided by these purveyors of fine fly fishing goods:

Without further ado, here's the theme for our first contest: Post a photo of your well-loved waders (and/or wading boots, shoes, or sandals) accompanied by a colorful story about how they ended up torn, patched, stained, etc.

DEADLINE for submissions: 10th June 2018 at midnight, EDT US Time

Let the games begin!

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I know folks in the sub probably don't have a ton of gear lying around, but if you do have extra waders or rain gear, please help us outfit folks in the Carolinas doing flood rescues. Here's the info.


Hi /r/flyfishing! I've been a lurker for several months now, and 3 buddies of mine and I are looking to dip our toes in the water with a guided trip in or around Lexington, VA. Obviously none of us have any fly fishing gear or experience, so we need a full-service guide, and while we thought we had a guide nailed down for Saturday, Oct. 13, it appears that that guide has backed out for some reason.

We now find ourselves in need of a new guide for an all-day trip for the four of us. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you!

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Hey guys caught my first ever fish on fly recently it was only a carp but it was a phenomenal fight. I received a tapered leader when I picked up my combo not sure what size (will post in comments when I find out) but i had a couple of carp break off so i ended up cutting most of the taper leaving approx. 3ft and tied on approx. 6 foot of 8lb fluro. Didnt drop another fish but the casting didnt feel the same. Any tips on what you guys do after you fly line when targeting carp? Cheers in advanced


Hi folks! I’m eyeing two used 5wt rigs. One is an Orvis Recon with a 3tand reel, the other is an Orvis Hydros with Orvis Access reel. Hoping for some insight on which one is a better setup, pros and cons, etc. Thanks!


Does anyone have any recommendations for good areas to fish during the end of March? I am looking to fish somewhere over spring break and am looking for good suggestions

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