To get started quickly you can purchase a complete starter kit available at your local Bass Pro Shops. Available are Dogwood Canyon, Redington, Pflueger, Hobbs Creek & Temple Fork Outfitters packages. These come in a variety of sizes (rod weights and lengths). However, purchasing a combo will not help you when upgrading or replacing other components.
Most fly lines are about 90 feet long so if you hook a larger fish you can run this off your reel rather quickly. Therefore you will need backing on your reel. Backing is a thin thread of Dacron or gel-spun polyester. Backing will keep you connected to long running fish. You must use backing on your fly reel otherwise your fly line will be coiled to tightly around the narrow spindle. Most reels have a mark on the inside of the spool as an indicator of how much backing to put on. It is a good idea to let the Fly Shop install you backing to get the correct tension.
To install the fly line to the backing, use a nail knot. The nail knot is strong enough to hold any freshwater fish and properly tied will go smoothly through the guides of your rod.
Once you line is installed, install tour leader using a nail knot also. This is the most simple way to install your leader. Use a tapered leader 7 to 12 feet long.
Putting your fly rod, reel & line together is important but is a major obstacle to a new fly fisherman. Visit us at the Bass Pro Fly Shop for expert answers to all of your fly fishing needs, ie. rod, reels, line, leaders, tippets, and accessory needs. Our Bass Pro Shops associates are always ready to help you with all of your fishing needs,
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