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Posted by
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1 year ago
ArchivedStickied postModerator of r/flyfishing

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 by
Mountain man stuck in salty swamp
1 month 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!


I’m taking a fishing trip to Central America in a few weeks, and having to venture away from my typical Simms wading boots that I’d wear in freshwater, for something a bit lighter for chasing fish on the sandy saltwater flats. I’d go without shoes, but I’ve heard random coral cuts or whatever can kill a trip, so footwear is a necessity.

Anyone tried a handful of shoe options? What would you guys recommend? Thank you in advance for your insights!


Hello everyone,

went out for the first time with my gf's brother in law. Down in Pa, had a blast, not much out. No bites really but saw some jumps, first time in waders and boots, learned how to cast, im hooked.

There is alot of set up though, lots of tying, guessing what the trout are eating. i can not wait for the next time out.


So unfortunately, I managed to break my only fly rod (Orvis Encounter 5wt) yesterday with the help of my car door. I don't have the extra income to replace the entire rod anytime soon so I was curious if there is anywhere to purchase just the component of the rod I broke (the top quarter section) for cheaper than buying a new rod. A cursory search of Google and r/flyfishing did not answer my question, so I thought I'd ask you fine folks! Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!


Hey ya! My homie and I used to fish all over the PNW and he just moved to Massachusetts and I'll be visiting North Carolina next week, and he's coming down to pick me up for a few days of fishing. Looking for any recommendations anyone might be willing to share for the two of us seeking trout. 5 and 7 weight, and a 9 weight spey going out. Catch and release only.


Setup I’m running now: Rod- Orvis Clearwater • length 9’ • wt. 3 5/8 OZ. • 6wt line (number 14 under this on the rod)

Reel- Orvis Clearwater LA II for line weights 4-6, 5.5 oz., 3⅜" diameter

Line- Orvis Clearwater WF-6-F N20 Color- Green

Backstory: got in to fly fishing a few years ago and I bought this rod, reel and line from Orvis as a beginner setup. I really enjoy it, with fly fishing being the only fishing I do now. I fish for pan and bass in ponds some large some small, for the most part.

I’m looking for advice on what to get if I need something new when it comes to the rod and reel and with it being about 5 years since I got this setup I’m assuming I need new line. I’m in Colorado right now and I will be doing some fishing this week trout and what not. -if I could also have someone explain what line, taper and tippet I should get if I keep this setup I have now. setup pictures

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