Fly fishing book for beginner, fly line DT or WF? Buying a fly fishing outfit. A curly fly line!

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Questions can be about any aspect of fly fishing, fly casting, casting instruction, fishing in Scotland or abroad, fly fishing courses, fishing flies, etc. The following is just a random selection of questions that have been send by readers and answered by Ally. If you have a question that you wish to ask please do not hesitate to complete the form.

Questions:

Book for beginner
Fly line DT or WF
Buying a fly fishing outfit
Curly fly line

Book for beginner

Question: Can you recommend a book that is a beginner’s guide to fly fishing for an adult who has come late to the sport. Something that includes basic information such as how to tie knots, which flies to choose (and I mean basic such as when to use a dry fly and when to use a wet fly) what type of line and leader to use, basic technique of casting. I know that there is no substitute for doing it but it would help if I had some basic knowledge. My fishing companion and mentor is my teenage son who is keen to get on with the fishing and finds his mum a bit slow on the uptake!

Answer: "The Complete Fly-fishers Handbook" by Malcolm Greenhalgh and Denys Ovenden ISBN 0 7513 0499 9 I think matches your needs fairly well.

Fly line DT or WF?
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Question: Question: What is the best fly line profile to use for roll casting double tapered or weight forward?

Answer: You didn't say what kind of rod you are using, whether single or double handed. The modern Spey lines are more efficient than at DT line for longer distances (25 yards +), for short distances a DT line is fine. For a single handed rod a standard WF line with over forty feet of head is fine for a rod of about a third of that length. If you want longer then you can get long belly WF lines which offer a good compromise.

Buying a fly fishing outfit
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Question: Question: Which is more important when you buy a fly fishing outfit? Should you put the money in a really good rod and a cheap real or the other way round.

Answer: There is lots of very good tackle available without spending a fortune. Much depends on what and where you want to fish. If you want to fish in both fresh and salt water the gear must be corrosion resistant and you won't get a cheap reel to do the job. The rod too must have corrosion resistant fittings. If you only want to fish in freshwater then the cost of tackle could be less. The rod and line (don't buy a cheap line!) are the most important components re casting. Good quality reels last a long time and that would an argument for buying one, but they don't help you to cast. But a good quality reel is essential for some species because a cheap reel will let you down when fish run hard. So first ask yourself where fishing will take you, what you will fish for and divide your budget accordingly.

Curly fly line
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Question: I have just bought new fly line and put it on the reel but on using the line it curls up on the water and doesn't lie flat or straight. I haven't been fly fishing long so am new to this problem. Could you please help?

Answer: Try stretching the line. Unless it is a non stretch line you should feel it stretch and the curls might come out of it. Some line need a bit of a stretch each time they are used but other lines have problem with curls and if you have one of them take it back to the shop and ask for a replacement line preferably of a good quality brand like Scientific Anglers, Rio, Orvis or Snobee.

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