- Find a local fly shop! I can't stress this one enough. Unlike most of the big box retail stores, your local fly shop is probably staffed with people who know what they are talking about. Hell it is probably staffed with people who just went fishing that morning and can tell you exactly what to use that day. Before I ever bought a rod and reel I wondered around the fly shop pretending like I knew what I was doing, but in reality I was just watching and learning (and trying to find the nerve to actually get some help).
- Read a couple of books. Here are a couple I recommend:
- Somewhere deep inside it hurts me to recommend this book but, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing is what I read and I have to be honest it had everything I needed to get started. It was just enough to get me going but not enough to overwhelm me and drive me away. There is everything from basic knot tying to how to cast, and it even has a teaser on fly tying. Even though it insults me right in the title, I highly recommend it.
- One of the most daunting things for me to get over was what all of the different bugs were, or even what Entomology was (I'm slow ok... leave me alone). The book Hatch Guide for Western Streams helped me a ton. It is a full colored book and shows just about every bug that will even remotely come close to my streams and then some fly patterns that match them. Although most journeymen fly fisherman will tell you the imitations look exactly like the real thing, to a novice they look nothing alike. This book will help you see what they are talking about when they say "Throw a size 20 Trico Parachute out there".
- There are over 4,428 books on Amazon about fly fishing. The two above I have read but I am sure there are other fantastic options out there.
That is pretty much it for now. That will get you through the first couple of weeks. If you are like me you are probably itching just to get out on the water. The next post I will go over some suggestions about where to start off. The books above will have some info on that too.
Ohh and just in case you don't live near a "Western Stream" here are some others: