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A good all around size for trout, bass, etc. in small rivers, streams, lakes, etc. would be a 9' 5/6 weight rod. A 5/6 weight single action reel. 5 or 6 weight double taper floating line.
For large rivers, salmon, steelhead, etc. Move up to a 8' to 9' 7/8 weight rod. A 7/8 weight reel with a center drag. 7 or 8 weight sinking tip line. This set up could also be used for saltwater fishing. Casting from the beach, rocks or a boat.
If your interest is to fish small pond and streams. A 7' to 8' 2/3 or 3/4 weight rod. A 2/3 or 3/4 weight single action reel. 3 or 4 weight double taper floating line.
Them there is BACKING. The line on the reel that is used to play the large fish. The fly line is designed for casting but is not normally long enough to fight the larger fish.
Tippet, leader. This goes on the terminal end of the casting line. Usually, 4' to 9' long. Depends on use.Type of water. Depth of water, etc. Have a variety of these available in different weights The fly ties to this.
Do some research before you start buying equipment. You should be able to get a very nice set up for $300.00.
I use a 9' rod, reel with a drag, 5 wt rig with floating line and an 8' rod, single action reel (no drag), 5 wt sinking tip line for lakes and small rivers.
An 8'6" rod, reel with a drag, 8 wt rig with sinking tip line, for big water and saltwater.
A 9' rod, reel with a drag, 11 wt rig with sinking line, for the big saltwater fish.

Have plenty of leaders and inexpensive flies available. Learning to cast without snapping the fly off the end of the leader could take some time.

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Hey I picked up a fly rod at wal-mart the other day and had a few questions. The rod is an 8' 5/6 wt. The reel is a southbend with no drag or anti-reverse.

I put fly line on it now what kind of knot do I use to attach the leader to the line?
You mentioned backing there is 25 yds of fly line on the reel is that enough?
What is the easiest backing/line/leader/fly set up to laern to cast with?
Any tips on casting?
How do you cast in tight places such as wooded creeks and lake banks?
Any thing else important?

Thanks for any help in advance!!

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Hey, forum monitors. This is for you.

I logged in. Spent an hour answering answering bnows0707's questions. You logged me out and erased my answer.

What kind of shit is this !!!!

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This will be the readers digest version.

Fill the reel to 1/8" of rim of spool. Use 15 lb. backing.
Use ONLY WF 6 F line to learn with, on the rig you bought
Trout 4x or 5x tapered leader. 4 lb. or 5 lb. tippet. Flies size 12 through size 20
Bass 2x or 3x tapered leader. 6 lb. or 8 lb. tippet. Flies size 6 through size 14

Knots
Backing to reel - Overhand Slip Knot
Line to backing - Albright Knot
Leader to line - Nail Knot
Tippet to leader - Blood knot
Fly to tippet - Clinch Knot

Buy this book - The Simple Art of Fly Fishing by E. L. Vachon. It has all the information you'll need. $13.00

Buy this interactive DVD - Introduction to Fly Casting by Scientific Anglers. $15.00

Have fun.

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fuzzybear wrote:
What kind of shit is this !!!!

No one logged you out or erased your post.

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Forum monitor

I apologize.
I don't know what happened to the post.
It never went into the forum.

It was very frustrating to spend the time to help bnow 0707 with his questions and have the post disappear into thin air.

Again, I apologize.

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after hunting fishing is second in my book what a greate way to spend time with friends and family. Mostly I fish for Striped bass and trout. Here is the wife with her first striper.

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a few from Monday

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and one more

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here are a few from this weekend also 8, 12 and 2 - 8 lbers

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