S2:E24 Assessing Our Fly Fishing Gear

Fly fishing gear matters. It just does. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive or the brand of choice of the fly fishing literati, but the right fly fishing gear can make a good trip great. In this episode, we discuss our fly fishing gear and how it performed during our most recent trip to Montana. Click now to listen to the episode.

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6 Replies to “S2:E24 Assessing Our Fly Fishing Gear”

  1. As far as gear goes I think I have all my bases covered. It’s taken me a while to figure out what I like. I also use the foot tractors from Patagonia. I love them. I also use the waders and sling pack from Patagonia. I am also a big fan of the wading stafff.
    I think for me, my next purchase is going to be a camera. Maybe a GoPro or something similar. I want to be able to take pictures and video both on dry land and underwater. I think taking the time to capture my surroundings when I’m out fishing allows me to see things in a whole different perspective.

    1. Yep, the GoPro is a must. So is college tuition payments for my two older kids in college! Ha! Guess which wins?


  2. I’ve been fishing about four years now and I’ve learned enough to realize that I have a lot to learn. One piece of equipment that I’ve only recently come to appreciate is quality fly line. I’m coming to think that a good fly line might have more of an impact on casting than the fly rod I use.

    1. I think you’re on to something, Bob. I was so surprised this summer at how a relative’s cheap rod cast like a much better one after we replaced the cheap, level line with a quality weight forward taper. It’s certainly true that a quality rod will not make a low quality line perform better. And for what it’s worth, I’ve been fly fishing seriously for two decades, and I realize that I still have alot to learn. But that’s part of the fun of it. Thanks for your reply.

    2. I agree with you. One thing I would suggest is to keep your fly line clean. You can use fly line dressing and a rag or the moist towelettes you get at chicken and rib restaurants. Keeping your line clean will keep you casting smoothly and you will get better drifts.

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