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Old 12-21-2009, 06:30 PM
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Default Buying gear for beginners

You can find inexpensive stuff in the sports department at a local discount retailer but is it the right way to go for a beginner? How much difference is there between the inexpensive stuff compared to the equipment found at a fly shop?
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:56 PM
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The old addage - you get what you pay for, is never truer than when selecting fly gear. If you want a rod that you can call "friend" for life then buy at a tackle shop / fly shop where you can try the rod first. If you want a reel for saltwater or stillwater, or running water there are reels which are ideal for all of the above but will cost a small fortune. Start with a sound reel, graphite is good, but there are some rubbish plastic reels out there so beware, always test the reel ask for a spare spool and try it on the reel, it is amazing how many times it won't fit, or it binds as you revolve the spool. Stick to makers you know are good by asking other anglers where you fish. Lines and accessories are a matter of personal taste, but when you try the rod and find one that suits you, ask what line is on it, and BUY one the same profile.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:35 PM
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The first time I shop for fishing tackle, I asked my friend (an experienced angler) to go with me to choose the best tackle for me. I said that budget is not an issue. I got the best but it emptied my pocket. I think it's good for a beginner to start with quality tackle.
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:18 PM
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Always get help from a pro, I would say. You don't want to buy gear that is too advanced for you, but you also don't want to buy stuff that will break on you as you learn the ins and outs of fishing. If you don't have a trusted friend, hopefully you can find a good person at a pro shop who won't just be after your wallet.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:38 PM
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See now I don't agree with this. I wouldn't go out and empty my pocket if I was a beginner. What if I did and then hated the sport. I would rent first, go to a fishery that rents out equipment. Take some lessons or go out with someone who knows that they are doing. After you decide that you want to continue, then go buy the equipment.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:12 PM
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That's a good point, Mike. I wouldn't rush to the tackle shop if I still doubt whether I will really enjoy fishing or not. But I assume that the beginner we are discussing has made a decision.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:56 PM
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There are fisheries where you can rent your gears and learn how to do everything else. That would be a good way to gauge how you would like it. Buy the good stuff afterwards.

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Old 01-02-2010, 02:32 PM
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Could be alfon, that they already made their decision. I know when I'm a beginner at something, then I'm just starting out. We are all different though.

Yes, I like the places where you can rent gear.
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