One of the missions of Texas Freshwater Fly Fishing is to promote fly fishing here in Texas. In promoting the sport, education is needed for those that are new. A lack of education and the fear of approaching experts was a major reason that it took me soo long to get into the sport. So, providing easily accessible, honest advice to those just getting into fly fishing is something I am going to strive to provide.
When first getting into fly fishing, you need to focus on acquiring five things. All of these can be expensive, but they don't have to be! There are less expensive ways to go about getting started if you want, and hopefully Texas Freshwater Fly Fishing can walk you through this process. Here is what you will need:
- Fly Rod
- Fly Reel
- Line Set-Up (Backing, line, leader, tippet)
- Accessories (flies, storage, net, etc.)
- Knowledge (where and how to fly fish)
Fly Reel Construction
- Usually stronger reels that can withstand more "abuse"
- Usually lighter
- Can absorb/withstand more heat when fighting a fish
- Are typically more expensive
- Usually the least expensive option
- Strong enough to hold up in almost all situations
- Getting better (stronger and lighter) all the time
|One version of a click drag system.|
Click and Pawl Drags
Sealed vs Open Drag Systems
Recommendation on Drags
- Primarily fishing small waters: Don't spend a lot! Look for a decent quality, small, click and pawl reel that fits the size rod you have. I have plenty of "vintage" reals that I picked up cheap and still fish.
- Primarily fishing larger freshwater: Look for an inexpensive disk drag reel that fits the size rod you have. I have some Orvis, Cabela's, and Echo, that are good and a low price.
- Primarily fishing saltwater: Find a decent priced sealed drag system reel with a large arbor. Waterworks-Lamson and Echo make some at a decently low price.
|Selection of reels I picked up for a low price.|