17 thoughts on “Is fly fishing worth the effort or should I stick with the basic spinning gear?

  1. Yah get fly fishing gear. But what i have learned fly fishing is that the first couple times out suck balls. It was so hard.

  2. Fly fishing is about relaxing. Catching the fish is not the goal. Just standing there at the river’s edge enjoying the fresh air is the main thing.
    If you really want to catch fish….because you want to eat…..there are better ways of catching fish.

  3. Try it ! It’s another form of a sport you like! I think it’s always nice to try new things. you may enjoy it.

  4. if your going to be eating freeze dried food stick with the spinning gear.

    if your packing in the wine and cheese, go with the fly gear.

    just kidding, fly fishing takes patience and practice to do it well.

    sort of like golf, first hit the ball, then work on making it go where you want it to.

    to you ppl who are giving me thumbs down, I said the thing about the dried food because he asked a ? about it .
    it’s a joke

  5. Schnurrb –
    Well, as I’m sure you already know, the answer depends totally on who you ask.

    I’ve been fishing for 40 years. I got into spinning gear when I was a teenager because the guys on the shows were using them. I never got used to baitcasting reels, but then – never had a good reason to mess with them.

    I did get interested in fly fishing for a short while, just because it was so different. My experience was – it’s a pain in the a&&. I got that part figured out and dropped it.

    Unless you already know how to do it, and have been practicing for years, you are going to ruin a good trip and miss alot of fish while you are screwing around with gear, trying to get a feel for the casting, the floating line, fighting the fish with the reel being how it is, and if you are fairly new to it, you’ll whip your lure off alot, and your range will be short and inaccurate.

    On the other hand – if you’ve been spin fishing for years – you can put a spinner behind a rock under a cut bank from 10 yards away no problem. You can control it’s motions down to tiny twitches, and you’ll be able to fight the fish on familiar grounds. If you want to use flies, put one on your line, and put a split shot six inches up on the line. If you need more weight, use a bigger one. If you want it on the surface, forget the weight – just use a clear bobber 18″ up.

    If you are casting close in with a spinning setup – just flip it out there with no weight, then twitch it. Sometimes, I’ll tie flies on a foot below a decent sized weight, then twitch them through deep lake water and catch all kinds of stuff – but they are particularly effective on crappie. I know you are going for trout, but I was standing next to a buddy when he pulled a 5 lb rainbow out from under a cut bank deep in the Ozarks (little piney river, south of Rolla, Missouri) using a small rebel crawdad. Trout that are in streams where crawdads also live consider them a very tasty morsel.

    I found absolutely nothing beneficial about fly fishing, other than it was an arcane specialty skill that some people got into because they took a shine to it. There seems to be some level of prestige attached to it too, for some people, but I’m immune to that kind of crap and the expensive vests and reels don’t impress me.

    You give me a shimano spinning reel loaded with 8 lb spiderwire line on a 6′ spinning rod, the smallest bronze and orange rebel crawdad and a silver black 1″ rapala floating minnow and I’ll bet on myself against anybody with a flyrod on any river in the country on any given day.

    Just 2 cents from a hillbilly with a computer.
    – Kevin

    ps. I agree that fly fishing can be quite affordable. I’m a cheapo and went that route w/ a used browning automatic and a shakespear rod, but it just wasn’t my bag. Part of my trouble w/ fly fishing was the fact that the Ozarks are covered with trees. It’s a beautiful area, but if you have a small stream full of willows and weeds, you are either dead accurate, or you spend alot of time getting unhung. The ones that do it use a boat, stand in the middle of a wider stream, or get better in the yard.
    Also, regarding the lighter gear. Totally agree. It just seems like anytime I get too light, I randomly tie into something that tears up my stuff – usually a smallmouth.
    HEY, just an idea here – take both. Take a flyfishing lesson on day one, plug away at it for a couple of hours, find out what you are missing, then go to the car for your other stuff and a cold beer any time you get frustrated.
    Good luck

  6. I couldn’t agree more with Kevin. Fly fishing is an aquired skill which takes time and a good teacher. I always feel more comfortable with what I know best, my spinning gear. Good response Kevin! That said, I might go with a little lighter gear than Kev for your trip. Smaller trout on an ultra light spinning rig is loads of fun!!

  7. Where you’ll be fishing is absoulutely premo for fly fishing, do it, you’ll learn more about the sport, and I assure you, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked for life.

  8. if the sole object was to put fish on the table, stopping by the grocery store or using a beer can, mono and nightcrawlers would work just as well as a good spinning outfit…

    its worth the time to learn how to fly fish, its not about how far one can cast, but how careful of a presentation you make…..if you want the best of both worlds(fly fishing and spinning) try starting out with these Trout Magnet jigs (1/64th oz) very easy to cast….or go with a San Juan worm pattern…

    only you know where you are going to be fishing , high alpine lakes ….maybe a spinning outfit will work better, smaller streams , maybe a fly rod

  9. it will give you something to try and learn when the fish are not hitting what you are fishing I have had a fly rod for three years and it has never left my yard but I will take one of these years

    “dude” we do not need to learn how to fish at your house ohh and I reported you

  10. i live in south Florida & we have a lot of lakes that are exelent for fly fishing.
    i have been fishing for over 50 years & fly fishing for abour 45 of those.
    i won’t say that YOU, will love it, but it is a really fun way to catch fish.

    i have fished with only a few people that tried fly fishing & didn’t enjoy it.

    you can get a fly outfit for under $ 100.00
    if you buy 1, i would suggest something like an 8″, 5 weight for a starter rig.
    if you don’t like it, you won’t have wasted several hundred dollars

  11. well it kinda depends on u man if ur a take a challenge kinda person then go fly fishing if u like to staaay basic then stick with the spinners but me i like to try new fishing techniqes u know explore when it come to fishing try it see if ya like it dont ask if its worth it peoples goin to tell u there opinion they might not like it but who knows u might acually enjoy it just remeber this if u do try it 10 o clock 2 oclock well that is all the advise i can give u the rest is up to u …..and remeber tight lines

  12. You will like fly fishing and you will have more fish that. I”m a fly fish man for some time.

  13. You’ve got to give it a go if for no other reason but the experience, and not becoming a one trick pony !

  14. Three positive things about fly fishing.
    1. If you do catch and release fishing fly fishing has a higher survival rate than live bait or lures with treble hooks. Fish don’t swallow flies as deeply as other baits.
    2 . More places to fish. I don’t know the rules in your area but here in Maine there are a lot of places that are restricted to fly fishing only. These tend to be some of the best trout waters.
    3. Once you learn fly fishing you will catch more fish.

    When you buy your fly fishing gear, take 1 or 2 lessons. It will speed up your learning curve and could prevent any bad habits from developing if you try to teach yourself.

  15. As an obsessed fly fisherman in both fresh water and saltwater then i really do advise you give it a go, the advice i would offer to you is that you take a fly fishing class, that instructs casting and also techniques, that way you can see if you like it without wasting money on expensive combos only to find you don’t like it, stick with lakes to start out on about a7wt outfit then when you get better move onto smaller wild brook trout with a 3-5 wt out fit.

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