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Fly fishing

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by eagle1980, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. eagle1980

    eagle1980 Engaging Member

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    Anyone tried Fly fishing?

    I fancy giving it a go but the equipment, licence and start-up costs look hugely expensive for "giving it a go". I've done all types of coarse, carp and pike fishing but fancied a change. A friend recommended trying fly fishing for coarse fish ie Chub, grayling or Barbel etc Would this still be covered by a normal rod licence?
     
  2. mattyts

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    combine carp fishing with fly,it's fun,very active :D
     
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    I've got a rod reel and line you can have cheap as a startup / testing the water setup ;) it can be difficult at first but great fun
    Atb nath
     
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    Yep, fly fished for years, worth giving it a go in my opinion. Much more interesting than the course fishing as your constantly casting and retreaving... I used to practice my cast in the field oposite until I could lay the line gently and straight... I loved fly fishing but sadly sold the gear as it was the cheapest of my fishing gear, well, compared to my carp and course gear. Give it a go, I'm sure you won't be sorry.
     
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    Cheers nath92 will have to raise some pennies first :D
     
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    I usually fish on a small lake with a 6m carp pole which is fun but sat there watching a float gets a bit boring sometimes
     
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    hello, yes i started at 19 on a lake in west sussex at £1 a day and since then have fished many years until present day from small streams to huge lakes from southern ireland to cornwall devon dorset hampshire berkshire and around south oxon. what area in uk are you??
     
  8. eagle1980

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    West Yorkshire, Nr Middleton - now that We've finished moving house the Rifle and the Fishing gear needs a good dusting off i think :D
     
  9. ratman60

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    ok, just google trout fishing in west yorkshire, nice county and have visited york area. i think some good trouting around there, rivers/lakes
     
  10. Elk hunter

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    I've fly fished for a number of years and enjoy it on a sunny day. I've made two rods from blanks bought from the USA, both work well, especialy a seven foot 4/5 wieght brook rod. It's a fast light action before dusk on the farm lakes catching anything from rudd, roach to perch with daddy long legs.

    I highly recommend it, but when I first tried I did struggle casting and 3 one hour lessons at Thornton Res were invaluable. It defently breaks up the day if your course fishing. Plus you can buy a basic package rod, reel, line and flies ect for around £60.

    Andrew
     
  11. Ganton Gunner

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    I had a go at fly fishing but couldn't catch anything from the damn plane :(
     
  12. nath92

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    ^^^ haha
     
  13. David M

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    Hi mate, yes girlie and I have been fly fishing since the mid nineties and have tried a lot of English, Welsh, Scottish and southern Ireland fisheries. You can pay as much as you like at them, usually ranging from about £8-15 for four hours catch and release to £35 catch and keep for a full day. Larger lakes/lochs charge for a boat option for half or full days on top. I'd recommend finding a fishery that offers catch and release tickets and maybe hiring a set up for an evening or two to see if you enjoy it, plus get the flies that the owner recommends at the time, then just have a go at casting the water to a froth. Don't get despondent if you blank for quite a few sessions, good techniques in casting and retrieving are sometimes a lot more important than choice of fly and need to be learnt over time.

    There is no licence required in Scotland but a game fishing licence is required for England and Wales. You can get them on the net or from post offices for the day, 7 days or a year. It can get a little expensive if you go for the catch and keep tickets all the time and blank, but the more experience you gain, overall, the better your chances. Early morning/evenings are best during the warmer months and the trout are higher in the water so a floating line is all that's required. Very hot/bright days or colder days, the fish are usually found skulking nearer the bottom so a sinking fly line are the order of the day to reach them. Then there's dry (floating) flies, suspender flies, nymphs, lures..etc....etc.... I recommend a book from the library and a good few evenings getting clued up before you go mate, but it's a great past time.....:up:

    P.S.... a rabbit meal costs me a 2p pellet for a great buzz though and trout average around £8 a tug......:eek:
     
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    Cheers Guys, I'll look to buy a book and have a good read up on it.

    @David: thanks for the advice - very useful especially the renting of gear before buying it never thought of that.

    @Gatongunner: You need to fly very low with a big net :D
     
  15. Honest Bob

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    Bin sea and coarse fishing most of my life, did have a go at bug wafting once, did not have enough interest in it to master the skills required, just could not get the hang of it, hope you do better than me, and enjoy it. Bob.
     
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  16. highland chief

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    hi mate

    I have fly fished for over 35 years for both salmon and trout I have also tied flies for over 25 years and used to supply anglers all over Europe with my flies. I love being on the river, mostly the tay and spey. I am lucky enough to be invited onto beats by gillies as I still tie the flies for some of them. I had 3 decent salmon last week on the tay up at catholes. all 3 on one of my tay specials fly. I can offer you advice as well as sort you out with an outfit and flies. fishing up my way is not cheap, in fact fly fishing in general is not a cheap hobby, but once you get all sorted with gear you are half way there. I currently own around 17 fly rods and reels and probably have about 30,000 trout flies and 10,000 salmon flies this is what happens when you tie your own lol. I used to fish competitions so you are always tying that so called special flee. so please don't hesitate to get in touch mate.

    cheers and tight lines.

    gus
     
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    hello, just to say you dont need to but expensive gear like a rod/reel/lines, i have some hand made cane rods for river fishing and use silk lines but still prefere a shorty carbon bought for a tenner as for lakes a 9ft 6 line will do most or big lakes a 9.5ft 7/8 line. i have seen people pay £500 for a super duper rod and same for a reel but if you buy wise can get a kit for about £50, another thing is rod flex, rivers its the full rod, lakes its middle to top, big lakes it top flex well you will understand, thats a nice offer from highland chief re flies or try these www.ukflies.co.uk. happy fishing
     
  18. ben_tucka

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    If you want to try it I'm from Halifax and go fly fishing every weekend without fail. It says your from leeds so of you want to come with me and borrow some kit I'm more than happy to lend you all the stuff you need. And I have plenty of flies as I tie my own just drop me a pm if interested.
     
  19. eagle1980

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    A kind offer ill drop you a PM
     
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    A gent

    Atb
    Nath
     

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