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What kind of Rod do I need?
Most of the streams in NC are small so you won't need a big rod. A 7.5 to 8.5 4-5 weight rod is a good place to start. Many companies have "starter outfits" that come with just about everything you need to get started: backing, line, leader. Bargains can be found at: VFS Classified Ads
What else do I need?
A good pair of wading boots are essential on our slippery streambeds. In the summer you can "wet" wade, but in the spring and fall you'll want a pair of waders. Hippers work well in most streams, but you might want a pair of waist waders for some of the bigger rivers. You will need chest waders if you are going to fish the Tennessee tailwaters.
What about accessories?
A silicone base Floatant to help keep your fly afloat, Nippers to trim knots, Vest to hold all your gear, Flybox to hold flies, Ketchum release to remove fly from fish.
How do I put the line/leader/tippet together?
This link shows you how step by step. Knots: Putting it All Together by Dave Whitlock
Is there one simple book that will explain everything?
Yes! The Curtis Creek Manifesto by Sheridan Anderson. Portland, Frank Amato Publications, 1978. This book is essential for the beginner, simply the best introduction to fly fishing!
What is the best dry fly?
A good question, but fly selection depends on what is happening on the stream when you are fishing. If I could only choose two flies (At last count I have over 400 flies in four flyboxes) I would pick: #12 Elk Hair Caddis and a #12 Adams parachute.
What about nymphs?
Prince, Golden Ribbed Hare's Ear, and Caddis Pupa are good starters in size 12 - 16.
How do I practice "Catch & Release"?
Trout must be handled carefully as rough treatment can damage the delicate internal organs of the fish. A fish that is played for a long time should be revived before being let loose. Use of tools such as the Ketchum Release or forceps enable the fisherperson to remove the fish without touching. For a complete list of proper technique read the VFS page Handling & Releasing
Why should I join Trout Unlimited?
Our Mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. We accomplish this mission on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer network. The national office, based just outside of Washington, D.C., employs professionals who testify before Congress, publish TU's quarterly magazine, intervene in federal legal proceedings and work with TU's grassroots volunteers to keep them active and involved in conservation issues. Join online and get a free book along with the other membership benefits. Or get more information by signing the TU guestbook and enter the montly contest to win flies or landing nets or other goodies.
updated: February 3, 1999