Advice For the Beginner:
1. If you are just getting started fly-fishing, first and foremost don't be
intimidated by those who want you to believe that fly-fishing is difficult to
learn and master. It is not. Casting isn't difficult, selecting flies isn't difficult,
the rigging involved isn't difficult, and hooking and fighting fish on fly tackle
isn't difficult. It may take some time and practice but anyone can do it.
Those who want you to believe otherwise are merely legends in their own
2. Don't be fooled into taking lessons or attending fly-fishing schools from
anyone whose main purpose is to sell you something other than the school
itself such as fly gear, trips to destinations or services of any nature.
3. Don't purchase any gear until you know something about it - fly rods,
reels, lines, flies, etc. Don't rely solely on salesmen who want to tell you
what you need. Learn a few basics of fly-fishing before you start spending
money on gear or trips.
4. Read all the fly-fishing books and magazine articles you can find for the
5. Hiring a guide is fine provided the guide is qualified to teach you
something about fly fishing. If they aren't and many aren't, you will make
little progress towards learning the sport. Check with others that have used
the guide prior to hiring one. There are no set qualifications for being a
6. Study our fly-fishing DVDs in the order we recommend. We call this "Fly
Fishing DVD's - School of Fly Fishing - 12 Steps to Success:
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