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Fly fishing resources for beginners (and hacks)

by Kirk Werner on March 6, 2013

If you’re a beginning fly fisherman the first thing you need to accept is that the term “fly fisherman” encompasses both the male and female gender. The next thing requiring your acknowledgement is that you have no place being here at the Unaccomplished Angler, where only seasoned veteran anglers and obsessed hacks hang out. In other words, if you’re a fly angling noob and you are reading this then you are in way over your head, which is something no fisherman (or woman) ever wants to experience.

So, beginners take note: please leave. But not before clicking over to the Redington website. Check out the New To Fly section where you’ll find, among other things, a series of helpful videos. Redington is a company in the fly fishing industry that is really making a concerted effort to attract those who’ve yet to wet a line and provide quality gear at reasonable prices for those who’ve already been on the water. For many beginners the myriad choices of gear and information to get started can be daunting. The information provided by Redington should go a good ways toward helping you make some sense of all this fly fishing madness.

The guy in the Redington videos may be no expert fly fishing guide like Hank Patterson, but the videos cover important topics and will aid you in your quest for compleat fly fishing comprehension. Or at least the information contained therein may get you started on the right foot so that you avoid the multitude of mistakes that often plague new fly anglers.

Hank Patterson

Not Hank Patterson

 

One thing Redington didn’t cover on their website is photo etiquette. When you pose for a photo with your first fish, don’t put your rod in your mouth. There’s no reason for this.

 

 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

jergens March 6, 2013 at 5:20 AM

So I don’t know how to appropriately say “That rod in your sons mouth looks like mine” Hahaha. Definitely missing not spending time with you and Schpanky on the coast this winter.

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Kirk Werner March 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Those words are words no man ever wants to hear, so thanks for that, Joe. Hope things is good—instead of the OP maybe we can hit Rocky Ford.

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Dave March 6, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I just wanna say… Hank is the MAN!!!! Kirk, just snap it a little harder, and slam it down a little bit harder. You might just get yourself in the big leagues with Hank Patterson catching those monster rainbrowns, brownbows, and cuttierainbrowns! Oh and you don’t forget to use those PMD purple mountain damsel majesty flies, golden stone grass shrimp nymphs, and size 22 Betty White nymphs.

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Howard Levett March 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You’ve brought up some good points. Fly rods in the mouth just look so lame. Along those same lines, really pathetic fishing hats to also. Good thing your contest came along at just the nick of time. Why don’t fly fishing classes teach this stuff?

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Fly fishing March 8, 2013 at 1:41 AM

You might just get yourself in the big leagues with Hank Patterson catching those monster rainbrowns, brownbows, and cuttierainbrowns..Fly rods in the mouth just look so lame. Along those same lines, really pathetic fishing hats to also.

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Kirk Werner March 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I could not possibly agree more with everything you said, except the part about the big leagues. I’ll never get there, and besides, if I did, I’d have to change my web address. It’s better this way.

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Fred Telleen March 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Let’s just please keep the oral fixations out of fly fishing. It’s already confusing enough for the noobs.

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