Bass Pro Shops Altoona Fly Fishing expert Scott Sickau says fly fishing isn't hard, but it takes patience.
"Patience and perseverance...anyone can learn to accurately cast a fly rod good enough to catch fish. In many ways, you have to be more precise with your casts. DVDs and videos offer some help. But, understand that there are many styles of fly casting and not everyone casts the same way. It is still recommended that you find someone to help you one-on-one. You will then learn a casting style that suits your needs best.
"Fly fishing kits range in price from $50 to over $400 for the more advanced combos. Many lower-priced combos still offer the slower fiberglass rods. These will commonly frustrate beginners to the point of leaving the sport.
"Weight forward fly lines are definitely better for beginners. This is because the belly or weighted portion of the fly line is located closer to the leader and fly. This allows the caster an easier time to shoot or make the cast with less effort.
"For beginning casters, many think that it's easier to use the smaller (7'6" and shorter) fly rods. I don't usually recommend the short rods due to the fact that beginners oftentimes treat them like a spinning rod, i.e. they have not learned to feel the rod load. I prefer a beginning caster start with at least an 8' rod, allowing them to feel the rod load. An experienced caster can make any rod work even in tight quarters, no matter the rod length."