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anglingbc Mon, Oct 25, 2010 - 5:46 PM     Subject: Best way to learn how to fly fish? Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 Hello ! What is the best way to learn how to fly fish? I live in Nanaimo
I dont have any equipments yet,,,, Been thinking to buy a pontoon boat..
one that you can sit on... is that a good choice? Hans....
Sandman Mon, Oct 25, 2010 - 7:56 PM     Subject: RE: Best way to learn how to fly fish? Quote
Joined: Feb 2006 The best way to learn how to fly fish is to make friends with a fly fisherman and learn from them. Another way to visit a local fly shop or guide service and sign up for lessons and seminars. Your gear need not be expensive, but do not "cheap out" too much or you will get a lot of head aches from it. I had always fished with inexpensive gear and did quite well, but when I picked up my late father's Sage I discovered why people spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on gear. The Sage added ten yards to my cast (I now frequently cast a 90' line right to my backing). This allows me to reach rising fish without getting too close, and to work larger areas of shoals without moving the boat. Your choice of gear is going to be determined by your choice of quarry. If trout fishing is your primary objective a six weight rod/reel combo is good. If you plan on going after salmon and steelhead in bigger rivers, you will want an 8 or 9 weight combo. Your initial out lay for a good rod/reel/line combo could run you as little as $300, but you want to tackle larger salmon or steelhead, you will want to invest in a good reel with a solid drag system and interchangeable spools to store a variety of lines.

As for the boat choice, I have not used a pontoon boat (I have an inflatable runabout type), but have heard both good a bad about them. One of their criticisms is that pontoon boats can get blown around the lake pretty good and some have even broken apart in a strong chop, so do keep an eye on the weather (the boats rated for white water use are going to be better for rough water so you may want to look into that even if you are not planning on using it in rivers). For still water fishing in small lakes, they offer a good stable fishing platform that is higher above the water than a float tube (allowing better sight lines to see the fish). It is this higher profile that adds to the effect of wind on the boat. I find my runabout has the benefits of the pontoon boat (I can stand in the boat without fear of tipping) but the lower profile makes it less affected by the wind (and I can use a 8 horse motor to really get around). I find both are available at similar prices (the runabout of comparable size are probably slightly more expensive), but the pontoon is definitely lighter for packing (my runabout, with its rigid floor is not very portable) and the newer model pontoons set up in less time (my runabout takes about 1/2 hour to inflate and assemble.

I do hope this is helpful.
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