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magic_minnow

Hiya!

I'm looking for advice from the trusted FM community.  I'm looking to get into fly fishing this year, mainly looking to fish for trout/bass/pannies.  I'm not really sure about what setup I should purchase as my first setup.  Any suggestions?  I'm looking to keep it under $200 for both a reel and rod, but if need be, I am willing to invest extra in hopes that I can grow with the combo.  I was about to jump on the cabelas fly combo but I have never really been a fan of the cabelas line of gear, however, I understand that the manufacturers are basically the same as brand name products.  Any insight on this?  Anyone have experience with the cabelas line?  Should I just invest in a G. Loomis? :) Thank you in advance!

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wildsmallie

Cabela's doesn't stay in business by offering junk, and while you may be able find somewhat better products elsewhere, going with a Cabela's kit  almost ensures that you will have a good combo.  Get a five weight, it will be perfect for panfish and trout. For bass you really need a heavier set up, like an eight or nine.

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magic_minnow

Appreciate the reply WS!  Do you have any suggestions on essential flies for trout and pannies?

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wildsmallie

These questions can spin out of control in a big hurry...worry more about location and presentation than exactly what fly you have tied on.  

OK, if you insist....get some wooly buggers [black or olive sz 6,8,10,12], hare's ear nymphs [sz 12, 14, 16], and scuds[sz 14,16]  

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magic_minnow

:D appreciate it.  heading down to the Big C tonight.

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CapnJack

I would suggest concentrating on panfish this spring from a boat or shore. Your chances of success vs trout would be astronomical! These are hard earned life experiences. Learn how to fly cast. period. Trying to learn fly fishing on  trout stream will be a lesson in frustration as you will be tangled in more trees than the stream. Fly fishing from a boat or shore allows you to figure out all of the nuances of the sport before moving on to a tree canopy!

 

  Good luck on your journey!

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jigginjim

I grew up fly fishing sunfish and Crappies, when I got better at my casting and fly placement then hitting a trout stream comes much better. Also look to southeastern Minnesota as a good starting place to begin your trout fishing.  Whitewater river is a starter river. along with Hay creek, Root and Forestville State park.

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