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    Default Essential Gear

    So i've finally got me a descent fly rod outfit(TFO Series One 8'6 6wt, and a Hobbs Creek reel). And i've also got me a few extra leaders, tippet, fly box and an assortment of recommended flies. I know a set of hemostats and line nippers will be needed too.(i'll probably be wearing those on a lanyard)

    So now i'm sure there will be a few other necessities that i'll need. So what would those be? So what else would everyone recommend for a beginning fly fisherman? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Polarized sunglasses, camera, toilet paper, energy bar, sunscreen, strike indicators, lead-free shot, floatant, and a note pad to write down what else to bring next time.

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    I agree strongly about the polarized sunglasses. Also I assume you already have wadders but if not I would go with the rule "buy nice or buy twice". In my oppinion it's hard to put a price on comfort. Other gear that i think goes unnoticed is shirts, hats, or anything on your body that a fish can see. Go with darker colors like olive green or brown. You can't catch a fish thats been spoked and tucked under a rock in fear for its life. Good luck starting out. What river will you be most often fishing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGBR View Post
    I agree strongly about the polarized sunglasses. Also I assume you already have wadders but if not I would go with the rule "buy nice or buy twice". In my oppinion it's hard to put a price on comfort. Other gear that i think goes unnoticed is shirts, hats, or anything on your body that a fish can see. Go with darker colors like olive green or brown. You can't catch a fish thats been spoked and tucked under a rock in fear for its life. Good luck starting out. What river will you be most often fishing?

    Yeah, I guess I should state i'm not new to fishing, i've waded/floated rivers quite abit for the past few years. I'm just new to the fly fishing side of things. I already wear polarized sunglasses everytime I go fishing, so thats covered. And when i'm going to be wading, I try to be aware of what clothing i'm wearing, so I don't go out wearing a bright white shirt or something. I also already got the waders covered.



    BTW, I've seen split shots mentioned quite abit, when exactly are those used?

    I will probably start out fishing the Clinch and possibly the Holston(below Cherokee), but i'm never against making a road trip to try out new waters. There is also a couple warmwater "winter stocked" streams here close, so I might try to scout out a few of those as well.
    Last edited by Bubbatn; 02-23-2011 at 11:57 AM.

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    Default LRO has most of these items

    I agree with all of the others posts! Get some waders and boots too!


    • -you should get a leader straightener too. You will learn how to use it correctly and with the correct tension.


    • -dry fly petroleum is a must for the initial application to your dry fly
      • and then you silica powder to reestablish its floating ability when needed.


    • You should get a net too...I would recommend a gel or ghost net if you can afford one. It will help you land and return the fish much more quickly than the line nets.


      • a net magnet lanyard is a must too; unless you want to be tripping over you net ever so often.

    *Stay away from the push-pin retractable tool holders; they will rust/bend and eventually fall in the river. Look for tool holders and items that are smooth and low profile so that your line will not snag on them.

    **You should invest if a vest too! I like the William Joseph - Magnetic Series of vests. They are easy to open and they do not have zippers that snag your line or tippet. This is my favorite vest they offer [Current] and it is reasonable priced at most shops.
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