The best way to start fly fishing: keep things simple! I think learning how to indicator nymph is ideal and autumn is a great time to do so. In this post, I’ll share ideas for affordable gear, flies, easy knots, online and free resources, and some DIY spots on specific rivers.
So, if you or a friend has been thinking about starting, go for it!
Here are my suggestions:
- Boots-on waders. If the waders have a pouch in them, you won’t need a chest pack or sling bag
- 9′ 4-wt. rod (I’d call fly shops to ask about used or old demo rods)
- A cheap but effective reel like the Lamson Liquid
- 5x leaders
- 6x tippet
- Strike indicators
- Split shot
- Pheasant Tails and Hare’s Ears, sizes 14, 16 and 18
- Zebra midges, as small as you can buy them
- Check out some of our Gear Review posts
- Triple Surgeon’s to connect the leader and tippet
- Double Davy to connect your fly
WATCH: A great way to start is by watching the Orvis Fly Fishing Intro to Nymphing videos.
Q&A: Post questions at this blog. Visit the Reddit fly fishing message board. Call a fly shop or one of the LL Bean or Orvis fly fishing experts.
- Go to some of the easy-access spots at stocked rivers (list of recommended waters at the bottom of the post here).
- Go right after new stockings in the fall and spring (MA’s schedule is here).
- Build a relationship with a fly shop. They know a ton. And, Orvis Dedham offers free Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes in the spring.
- Over time, fish with more experienced anglers. I recommend joining a local Trout Unlimited group.
Hope this is helpful. Fly fishing offers a lifetime of learning, as one of the Swift River dry fly experts tells me. I agree. You never stop learning, and it is very fun!
So, the best way to start fly fishing? Just go for it. Am happy to answer any questions you may have.