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Old 04-07-2014, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New to fly fishing. Need help.

I'm 51, experienced with bait casting and spinning outfits, but never fly fished. I've got a inexpensive Shakespeare rig (1094) reel. I can cast the fly maybe 10 feet. If that's not bad enough, I'm not sure if I could set the hook or reel in a trout if I had too. I don't even know if the reel should be reeled with my right or left hand.

Taking a trip to Colorado end of May to do some stream fishing. I'm from Illinois and to mostly lake fishing, baitcasting mostly.

Any suggestions would help.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're in the right place!

In addition to what these fellas give ya, check out fly casting and fly fishing videos on YouTube. Excellent library of visual aides there.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm 51, experienced with bait casting and spinning outfits, but never fly fished. I've got a inexpensive Shakespeare rig (1094) reel. I can cast the fly maybe 10 feet. If that's not bad enough, I'm not sure if I could set the hook or reel in a trout if I had too. I don't even know if the reel should be reeled with my right or left hand.

Taking a trip to Colorado end of May to do some stream fishing. I'm from Illinois and to mostly lake fishing, baitcasting mostly.

Any suggestions would help.
Why do you feel the need to flyfish? I Flyfish 75% of the time (more because Im crap with other methods) but spinning gear is solid here.

A baitcaster may be a bit much, but a lightweight spinning combo is a great way to have a lot of fun, and fish on CO rivers.

If you feel that you want to try flyfishing, I do suggest a guide for the at least half a day. too much to explain online, and no real way of giving you enough information to teach you much on here either.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm wondering if the rod-fly line-leader is not sized or matched with each other. I can do the 10-1 o'clock motion some!
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I'm no expert, but YouTube "single haul fly"...

It'll teach you a very simple method of keeping the rod "loaded"... If your rod isn't loaded, you're just flailing and you'll get alot of 10 ft. casts.

I'm not a fly fisherman, so I'm afraid that's all the help I can be.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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....yeah. youtube is a great resource.


You might try the fly-fishing section of the forum as well.

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...her-needs.html
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Just don't let it get more complicated than it is. Sometimes the big time fancy shops and all the awesome and extensive gear can intimidate a guy. But remember, a "strike indicator" is nothing more than a "bobber".
Pick a spot that doesn't have alot of willows and/or shrubbery to begin at.
Don't dry cast more than you have to, be patient and let your line fly all the way back and "load up" on the back cast before initiating the forward cast.
Dont expect to catch a shit tone of fish at first and just break your flies off and start all over vs. trying to untangle the preverbial rats nests.
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Try to keep in mind that fly fishing is a method of fishing and presenting lures.

At times fly fishing can be the most effective method of catching fish, nothing more nothing less. Too many folks get caught up in the act of casting.

Focus on using the correct flies for the application and many times the casting skills will follow, rather than focusing on the casting and hoping the catching follows..

Where in Colorado are you going to fish? If you pin it down a bit more, I'm sure some guys can make recommendations on the best flies and method to use for the area based on the time of year.

Further if you take a liking to fly fishing, there are some excellent shops in Chicagoland. Lot of fly fishers there that may work in the Loop during the week and spend the weekends in N Michigan or SW Wisconsin, so you have advice and further guidance locally if you want to take advantage of it.
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Hire a guide for half a day and let them know you're a newbie who wants to learn casting, the absolute best instruction you can get is from someone who knows standing next to you.
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Take some lessons on basics before coming here. You don't want to be learning when you're here. You want to be fishing.
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