I am a fly fishing expert trying to pass on my knowledge of fly fishing and helping beginners get there feet wet. This article is written with the beginner in mind and bluegill fly fishing is the best way for a beginner to start out.
Bluegill fly fishing is a very fun sport to get into there are a few pieces of equipment you will need to start. one is a rod which we will talk about here in a minute. Also you will need a reel, line, a leader, forceps or pliers, and flies. These are the bare minimum that you will need to get started. If you really want to go deeper into fly fishing you can get waders, boots, tubes, hats, vests, fishing glasses, fish finders, and everything else under then sun. But today we will focus on bluegill fly fishing and choosing a rod.
Ask any fly fisherman expert what the most difficult part of beginning fly fishing was. It is not finding fish, or decided on what kind of fish you want to fish. They will most likely tell you that it is choosing a fly rod. Well I am here today to help you choose your very own fly rod. 1st off lets start by setting a price. I would say a good starter fly rod should cost around $100. now you must answer a few questions.
1. What type of fish are you pursuing?
If you are perusing steel head and other large fishing a larger weight rod such as a 9 or ever 10 weight would work. as for pan fish, trout, and bass a 5-6 wt would work great.
2. will you be fishing small creek, lakes, or large rivers.
Again this should determine what rod you get but for most of us I would just go with a 9 foot rod.
I ask is there are different weights and lengths of rods. but if you were to own one rod I would suggest a 8 1/2 to 9 ft rod casting a 5 wt. I recommend this because it is very versatile. I love bluegill fly fishing and I light weight such as a 2 wt rod is what most experts would recommend but not me. Here is why. You can’t really fish for trout or bass with a light wt rod. So for the ability to fish multiple fish I would say not to get a light weight rod. Remember your 1st rod you want to keep for a while and not have to upgrade for awhile so the only way to do this is to go with a rod such as the one I recommended before.
there are a lot of fly fishing companies out there. L L bean is a great company to get your 1st rod from, Cabella’s is another great company that sells a lot of equipment for fly fishing. don’t forget the rod is just the beginning you will need waders, vest, polarized glasses, etc. all of which would be best to get from the same company to start.