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03-19-2007, 10:01 PM
Well i really want to get into fly fishing this year but really have no idea where to start or how to do it, I did see a couple of courses for beginer fly fishing in Calgary and was wondering if anyone could recomend a good one, or is it something someone could just research and get out on a river and learn, thanks in advance for any suggestions.

03-19-2007, 10:23 PM
You can do that classes but I would reccomend talking to alot of people who flyfish about rods and tackle. Then go out and buy one you like. DOnt go out and drop a bunch of cash but dont buy the cheapest on the market. Then just go out into a field ( i used a school yard) and practice. Once you got the casting down make yourself a 4-6 foot circle and practice landing your fake fly in the circle. Once you got that down shrink your circle and practice in the wind.

Like I said I used the back field and once I could cast I hit the streams. I am by no means a pro and look like a fool but I really enjoy it.

03-20-2007, 12:10 AM
Hey Ryan. Glad to hear about your interest in fly-fishing. I'm a stillwater guide here in Edmonton and I used to be the Manager of the north side fishin' hole as well. If you haven't purchased your rod and reel yet, I would strongly recommend buying a temple fork signature series rod (6 weight, maybe a 7) depending on where you'll be spending most of your time fishing. If 70% of your time will be on the Bow I'd get a 7 weight but if you'll be fishing lakes, streams and the Bow then a 6 weight would be best. If you'll be spending very little time on the Bow and fishing mostly streams and lakes then I'd go down to a 5 weight. You can get a temple fork rod for around $100.00 and they cast great for the price. You'll also need a reel in the same weight (not as important as it just holds line) maybe something cheap like a martin or a flywater by Ross (great reel, self lubricating). On top of that you'll need fly line (this is where you want to spend good money) $45-$75. Cortland, scientific angler and Rio all make good lines (your line will be the same weight as your rod and reel). As far as casting, your best bet is to take casting lesson as you'll be casting decent by the end of the day. You can also buy a book or a dvd and teach yourself but that can take time. If you can make it to the fishin' hole in Calgary, ask for Bill Robertson (manager) and he'll take good care of you. He puts on casting clinics in the spring and summer. I hope this helps.