Posted by Wolfy from 126.96.36.199 on May 22, 2001 at 10:56:38:
In Reply to: Teaching youngsters posted by Jim F on May 15, 2001 at 09:23:26:
Definitely the 8 1/2 - 5 wt. The best "Learning to Fly Fish" book available is First Cast by Phil Genova. Any tackle dealer can get it from Cortland. The advice received from bob is very sound - 30 ft. casts will catch all the fish (trout) you ever need. Most people try too hard to overpower their casts, and they end up being frustrated. It's all about the rythem and timing. There are a lot of people stronger than Joan Wulff, but not many (none?) are better casters. Speaking of Joan, her video is excellent, and would be a sound investment for your trip.
A key component of the outfit you choose will be the fly line, probably more important than the rod. Do yourself a favor and get new lines for your rods before the trip. I've always been a Cortland fan, and their 444SL is still the best line on the market, IMHO. Not the most expensive, just the best. Clean the line every evening, and you will cast better and enjoy the trip more.
As for the 3 wt, the 7 1/2' Winston is the definition of sweet, but there are precious few hours out west with little to no wind, and that rod does not drive line into a headwind very well. I know - I own 3 of their 3 weights, and have fished extensively out west. Good luck, and post the results of the trip so we can all live vicariously through your experience!
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