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    Quote Originally Posted by DroptineJoe View Post
    Its funny how many people are suggesting WalMart or BPS to get an inexpensive flyrod for bluegill. My question is, is that where you go to buy your cheap crappie rods and reels? I suggested a local flyshop because WalMart just doesn't have the fly selection most people want and if you don't support the smaller shops they will close up and then you will be stuck ordering all of your flies! Our "local" fly shop just closed its doors last month!
    Just my 2 cents!
    My Wal-Mart carries B&M crappie poles, so... yeah.

    Moving along, most folks are right on the money. A 5 or 6 wt. rod is going to do everything you want it to and you'll be able to cast some of the smaller bass bugs as well. One thing you may want to look at is rod speed. You're rolling over bulky flies and a faster rod will work a little better.

    As far as leaders go, you'll probably be best with a 12 to 14 lb level leader. Someone above mentioned a 2 lb leader and that's great as long as the 2 lb line is necked down from a 2X or even 1X tapered leader.

    I couldn't figure out why my popping bugs were dying mid-cast until I switched leaders up. I was tying the bugs to the tippet of some of my lightest trout leaders. Once I tied them to a 12 or 14 lb leader material, something stiff enough to roll over a larger fly, my casting improved dramatically.

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    Like everybody else says start with a 5/6 weight 8.5 or 9' combo. These usually come prespooled with floating line, generally weight forward (WF) not just from Scientific Angler, but also from Cortland and for a rockbottom price for the most basic equipment also from Martin. You may also encounter Pfeuger or Shakespeare combos. All of them are better than the solid glass jobbie I started out with. Nearly any fishing shop will have one or more of those, and many of the larger big box sports outlets, such as Dicks, Cabelas, Gander Mountain, you name it (I have even seen them in KMart) and a whole lot of online sources, also do. Start with the little poppers, lots of folks who panfish with fly equipment end up using nothing else.

    Besides learning the basic backcast technique also learn to roll cast. You may find yourself doing more of that anyway, if you fish where there is no space to backcast. If you can roll you can work around trees and in pubic parks where backcasts can interfere with other recreations. It is amazing how well and far you can reposition your presentation with a good quick roll and never have to worry about what is behind you.

    You can get the basics first for cheap, and find out if you really like it. You never really have to upgrade to the real expensive equipment either, unless you are one of these guys that likes to show off the brand names or you end up becoming the next Lefty Kreh.

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    I never used a fly rod except for greyling in Alaska though I have used flies several other times, I usually just use my ultralight with a small float for the weight a few feet above the fly and just cast out, works fine for me though I'd love to get into actually fly fishing
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    lots of great info here, thanks guys......prob going to make it a Christmas present for my son and myself, then learn how to use em together this coming season......this will be a fun endevor


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    I am in the same boat and looking at fly rods also trying to see what will hold up to abuse by me and the kids and you know how young ones can be on equiptment. Along with that I am also trying to decide about winter time waders, I been looking at a set of 5mm neostretch camo with thinsulate from cabelas and the other pair of waders is a 3mm locrosse cammo mallard with thinsulate. Anyone got any opinions on fly equiptment with the waders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezgo View Post
    Anyone got any opinions on fly equiptment with the waders.
    I don't know anybody who's still using neoprenes. Everybody I know uses breathables, even in very cold weather.

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    DB4D;

    care to make some recommendations on waders, have no experience and know only what I've read, the breathables seem to be the way to go. I'm looking for something to wear while yaking in the cooler water months. Someone recommended the stockingfeet ones for yaks, but still doing my research.
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    I bought a pair of Cabela's Dry Plus waders over 10 years ago and they're still going strong.
    Cabela's: Cabela's Dry-Plus™ Packable Stockingfoot Waders
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimp View Post
    DB4D;

    care to make some recommendations on waders, have no experience and know only what I've read, the breathables seem to be the way to go. I'm looking for something to wear while yaking in the cooler water months. Someone recommended the stockingfeet ones for yaks, but still doing my research.
    I usually go with Orvis. I have a couple of Orvis stores close by, so it's convenient. The most recent pair I bought were Endura's:

    Fly Fishing Waders | Endura Chest Waders & Hip Boots | Fly Fishing -- Orvis

    I've also heard good things about Bass Pro and Cabela's breathables.

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    Can anyone way in on the tippets like whats the difference in plane mono off of one of your spools in the house or in the garage.

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