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Shopping Around

  • GreenCaddis Fly Boxes On sale Each high quality fly box is guaranteed to protect the flies you've spent months tying from whatever mother nature tries to throw at you. Whether you tie for show or tie to throw, you'll be able to store your flies with confidence in these rugged, yet lightweight fly boxes. Having a safe place to store your precious flies shouldn't empty your wallet, so without sacrificing quality, we are offering these fly boxes at a price point you won't find anywhere else.
  • Ruby River Fiberglass Fly Rod   Small water 4 piece rod 6'7" 3wt - rare (short fiberglass are hard to find especially in lighter weight categories). Lighter lines catch more fish.
  • Scientific Anglers Concept 2 Graphite Fly Reel on Ebay    periodically, these come up for sale, Durable, lightweight composite polymer graphite, 3.31 diameter and weigh in at 4.3oz. Suitabe for small streams
  • 4" Super Sharp STRAIGHT Fine Point Micro-Serration,Stainless Steel Scissor   Great and affordable

Gear for Fishing

The Basics of Fly Lines

When you are choosing a line for your rod, it is a major investment and durability should be number one and cost secondary. If the line is cheap chances are very good there is something not quite right.

  • Fly Line Density - The Density of a Fly Line is whether the fly line floats, sinks, or partially sinks.
  • Fly Line Taper - Fly Line Taper refers to changes made to the fly line itself that allow for better casting. The most popular, and most versatile, is the Weight-Forward Taper.
  • Fly Line Weight - Fly line weight is the weight of the fly line, measured in grains, and helpfully given a number from 1-14 by the fly line manufacturers. To choose the right fly line weight, first figure out what you will be fishing for. Then, make sure that whatever fly line weight you choose matches - exactly - the fly rod weight and the fly reel weight that you plan to use.
  • Fly Line Color - The color of the fly line, if topwater fishing, is of no consequence. The fish can see the shadow of any fly line during daylight hours. Thus, get a fly line that is easy for you to see, with orange, yellow and red probably being the most popular colors. For submerged fishing, generally you want to choose a darker color, with various shades of brown/black being the most popular and effective.
  • Trout Fishig & Fly Line - For trout fishing, a floating fly line is by far the most popular and versatile. If you are fishing submerged nymphs, just put tiny weights on the leader. By and large, most trout fishing is done with a floating fly line.
  • Understanding Fly Line Codes - The codes on a box of fly line can be a bit daunting. Here's an example of a typical fly line code : WF-4-F. What this means is that the fly line has a Weight Forward Taper, a Fly Line Weight of 4, and Floats. Thus, to understand fly line codes, the first series of letters/numbers first is the taper, the second series of letters/numbers refers to the fly line weight, and the third series of letters/numbers refers to the density of the fly line (whether it sinks or floats).
  • Sage's Ultra-lightest lines are Rio lines

Fly Rod

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Fly Vest

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The easiest to cast are tapered leaders and because they are sized according to the smallest diameter used they give some indication of their relative strength, 0x (15 lb.) being stout, and 7x being fine. That being said, the breaking strength is also listed on the package, which allows one to compare one brand to another. The second consideration is shape. Flat tippets tend to turn over well. Lastly, the material type, which contribute low visibility and suppleness.

Popular tippet vendors are Umpqua, Orvis,Scientific Anglers, Rio, and Cortland.

The materials that fly fishing leader and tippet are made of are of two main types: monofilament and fluorocarbon. These two types of materials coincide primarily with the type of fishing you are doing. I will not get into all of the technical details between monofilament and fluorocarbon. There are a few main differences.

Monofilament has more stretch than fluorocarbon and it also floats on the water easier. Fluorocarbon has less stretch, resulting in more sensitivity and stronger hooksets. It also sinks faster in the water column and is more durable and abrasion resistant due to its hardness and the materials it is made of. Fluorocarbon is also near invisible to the fish. However, fluorocarbon is more susceptible to your knots breaking than monofilament and requires proper lubrication when you cinch your knots down. One other item is that monofilament is considerably less expensive that fluorocarbon. Each are adequate to be used when fly fishing though.

Also see:

  • Appalachian Furled Leader Company
  • Shops and Retailers

  • Please contact Steve Salkow for more details.