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Thread: Fly fishing gear for beginners

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Waynesville NC


    There are a few things you need to know, first of all many or most all companies set the prices for their gear, so a pair of let say Simms boots are gonna cost the same at LRO as at a big box store (bass pro, cabelas etc) secondly when you order that rod reel line and backing leaders and tippet are you gonna be able to assemble them all yourself? Flyfishing is a lot like anything else, it's simple when you are shown how to do things, but can be quite confusing and difficult when you don't know what you are doing. Most would agree that we chase fins with feathers because it is harder, anyone can drown bait, so if it is already the most difficult way to pursue fish it's probably a good idea to enlist the knowledge of a local shop, you learn more & quicker which makes it more fun and the prices are the same.
    If it swims throw a fly at it!

    Barry Murphy
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Maryville, TN


    Quote Originally Posted by bkfranklin22 View Post
    Well guys I really appreciate all the feedback I have been given! This really helps out alot! I live in Johnson City right now and so I think I am good to go with the fishing locations. haha. I know you don't get the personal greeting when you buy off line but I am noticing some better prices towards the *** side of things.
    Looking at their site they do have a few rods that are less than LRO and some that are more expensive. If you are really tied to using them I would suggest the St. Croix Imperial (their lowest priced offering). It comes with a lifetime warranty and is a great rod. They use lots of the same components on the Imperial as on their more expensive rods. You haven't said what type of fishing you will be doing, but I would recommend a 4pc rod. That way you can easily carry it in the mtns. If you only fish tailwaters a 2pc is fine, but a 4 pc gives you more flexibility.

    It looks like its a local shop there in Johnson City, so your best bet is to go in and talk to them first. The only things they have online are rods and reels. Hopefully they carry more than that in their store, if they don't I would be very cautious. You will need more than just a rod and reel...

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Jasper Al. Near Smith Lake

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2008


    Just for what its worth, I wear Chota STL wading boots. They are awsome! They are very well built and stable in the water. When it comes to a quality and comfort in a pair of "shoes" its worth paying a little bit more. I use mine about 10-12 times a year and they get more comfortable each time they go out into the water. LRO carries this brand and they have free shipping. Best of luck to you in all your fishing adventures to come.
    Mark <::::><

    "We try to be perfect, but we're only fishermen. We wade out into the water, we don't walk on top of it."

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Dickson Co. TN


    I bought a pair of those Chotas at LRO last trip on my way back home,I'm going to try them out next week,I've been wading in jungle boots,the Chotas will surely be much better for the slick rocks.
    I bought a TFO 4wt 7'9" rod and have been using it in the mountains and like it but I really want to look into the StCroix products in a 5 wt. 9' length.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Johnson City, tn

    Default Cheap boots

    I just noticed that Mahoney's ( has hodgman waders and boots 50&#37; off on there website. Are those a good deal for beginners?

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2008


    Quote Originally Posted by bkfranklin22 View Post
    I just noticed that Mahoney's ( has hodgman waders and boots 50% off on there website. Are those a good deal for beginners?

    Buy these Chota's instead:

    They'll last three times as long and fit twice as good. Just look at the way the seams are on the stocking feet on the Hodgman vs the Chotas, not to mention overall stiching and fit...No comparrison.

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