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fishingInTheDesert 06-24-2010 05:53 PM

New to fly fishing
 
Well, I was lucky and blessed enough to receive my first fly rod and reel combo for my birthday a few days ago. I have never fly fished in my life but a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park changed all that. There were many anglers out fishing the rivers and streams and a high percentage were fly fishermen/women. It seemed like such the perfect place for fishing.

So, I asked and received a rod/reel/line combo from Temple Fork Outfitters at bass pro. I told the old timer in the fly shop (I think his name was Dan) that I had never even held a rod before and he kindly escorted me outside for a very brief lesson and use of one of their demo rods. Needless to say I was...inefficient for the few casts I could get in.

I would like to know, first, what people think of TFO and their equipment. Second, besides bass pro, are there any good places an amateur can get some casting lessons in the valley ( I am in Mesa)?

And if you see some guy fly casting like an idiot in 100+ degree weather in a park one day, please don't laugh too hard. :)

Seldomseen 06-24-2010 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by fishingInTheDesert (Post 81227)
. I told the old timer in the fly shop (I think his name was Dan)


LOL!

The old timer will likely read this. And it if is the Dan I think it is, he is very, very old.

:ROFL:

The TFO rod will work just fine.

Welcome to the sport.

fishingInTheDesert 06-24-2010 06:13 PM

When I say old timer, I don't mean in age necessarily. I just mean he was a long time enjoyer of the sport and, as such, a much needed helping hand in selecting what I needed.

Dan, if you read this I meant no disrespect ;)

MudBug 06-24-2010 06:22 PM

There is a casting lesson there this saturday at 9:30 am. See if there is still room to sign up. I'll be there making everyone else look good.

mikeyboyaz 06-24-2010 06:25 PM

Basspro offers regular fly casting classes, and they are free... so does sportsman's warehouse, but they don't have a pool... From what I have heard you can go to the casting pool at BPS anytime you want... that's why it is outside... aside from that there is DFC and AZFC as clubs... you can also go to papago or any other urban lakes and cast bad close to another fly fisher, and you will most likely attract attention, and I am sure you will receive plenty of tips. as far as TFO, I don't own they equipment yet, but it's my next rod... the fineness series at least... their reels are solid, but their drag is a little rough ... imho, but I think the combos are usually hobbs creek reels, and they are good for the money.

troutramp 06-24-2010 06:54 PM

there used to be........................

rushthezeppelin 06-24-2010 07:01 PM

TFO should work great for you, very good quality rod for the price. I have the Lefty Kreh Pro Series myself and I just love that rod compared to my starter 5# which was a Hobbs Creek. And BTW Dan hasn't been fly fishing for THAT long. In fact I think his boss, Flygirl on here, has been fly fishing longer than him and shes only like 20 :p Also nobody has mentioned it but Orvis in Scottsdale and I believe Cabela's in Glendale does lessons too.

Jojackc 06-24-2010 07:02 PM

I have two TFO pro's. I love them both. Great rods and if you break them there only 25 bucks to get replaced so its great for a beginner or someone like me who likes to break rods 8 times a year. Only rods I like better are my sage's. But its 50 bucks when I break those lol.

lady_angler 06-24-2010 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by rushthezeppelin (Post 81241)
Also nobody has mentioned it but Orvis in Scottsdale and I believe Cabela's in Glendale does lessons too.

Yep, this is true. I give private lessons (about 3 or 4 a week), we have a fishing school in the White Mountains where you learn to cast, tie knots, and fish streams, and we also have a free school every Saturday in July.

Give us a call if you need some help.

Cinda Howard
Fishing Manager
Orvis Scottsdale
(480) 905-1400

mikeyboyaz 06-24-2010 07:46 PM

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Originally Posted by lady_angler (Post 81245)
Yep, this is true. I give private lessons (about 3 or 4 a week), we have a fishing school in the White Mountains where you learn to cast, tie knots, and fish streams, and we also have a free school every Saturday in July.

Give us a call if you need some help.

Cinda Howard
Fishing Manager
Orvis Scottsdale
(480) 905-1400

I missed those because they are really far away from mesa... in comparison... ...I mean no disrespect.


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