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    I Caught My First Ever Fish on Fly!

    I finally worked up the courage to get my first fly kit. Not much, picked up a cheap pflueger kit from amazon and just wanted to dip my toes into the world of fly fishing. I know I had asked for advice on here before, but I just couldn't swing the money for an expensive combo. So after getting the combo about a week ago and practicing my casts and watching tutorials basically all this week, I finally took the combo to my usual spot to see if I could at least catch a small largemouth. Within this time I decided to try tying my own fly. I saw a version of a mayan cichlid fly on here and wanted to try for myself. After attempting to make one with yarn, a feather, a sharpie, and some eyes from other lures its not the prettiest but it worked. Within 10 minutes I was connected to a respectable peacock, about 3 pounds.
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    Man it felt good to catch a fish on something I made myself. I know it's not the glamorous bonefish or permit on fly like you guys catch on here, but it felt special to me to catch a peacock on fly as my first fish with a home-made fly. I think I'm addicted to fly fishing now, way more fun than spinning tackle! Thanks for reading.

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    Great job! Hope you get lots more!


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    Quote Originally Posted by redjim View Post
    Great job! Hope you get lots more!

    Thank you!

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    Great job, keep up the great work. Nothing better than catching a fish on your own fly!!!


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    That's awesome!

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    Congrats! I find any fish caught on fly to not only be extremely rewarding but also a lot of FUN!

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    Congrats. It is a good feeling to catch a fish on your own fly
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    Well, I have been fly-fishing in florida for about 7 years, and I have never caught a single peacock... so you have me beat.


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    Jonathan: there is a HUGE price difference in fly fishing tackle. The implication is that to obtain really good equipment you have to pay a lot of money. I would avoid the lowest priced tackle but there is a lot of very serviceable gear out there for a reasonable amount of money. I've broken tips off some fly rods and "Ouch". Would a more serviceable rod have worked as well? On a rod, I like a long rod. It moves a lot of line and that can be a plus. On a reel, any reel is okay until you get into a really large fish that starts ripping line off the spool. On a cheap reel the spool starts vibrating around and you might worry that the whole deal is going to come apart. Even so, I've caught 20 pound plus fish on $50 reels.
    I think the line IS important. Get a name brand in the $50-$70 range and you should be okay. Some of the really cheap lines aren't that good.
    I once read a book by Ted Williams- fly fishing legend. In some of the pictures he is salmon fishing in New Brunswich with a standard Pfluger Medalist reel.
    It's true fly fishing can be a challenge but sometimes it is the BEST and EASIEST way to catch fish. A fly is weightless. You can cast a long distance and the fly lands without a splash and suspends mid-depth. The best choice in many circumstances.
    Try bluegill fishing. Liven them up by tossing bread out on the water. When there are bluegills everywhere then start casting a fly. They are eager biters. Let them run out the line under pressure (line between fingers and rod-etc) and then play them off the reel. Bluegills let you catch a 100 plus fish an outing and that will give you a lot of practice getting the fish on the reel. When I started out I just stripped in the line- fast and easy on a little fish but getting it on the reel is the proper way.
    And....nice first catch on a fly rod.

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    First fish I ever caught on a fly ... ladyfish May 2005. Thank god for ladyfish!

    Funny thing, I put it in my livewell to photograph. Then I went out with crabs on gear for tarpon. I put the live ladyfish on a tarpon hook drifting, with no real target in mind. I just didn't want to put cut bait out and get bitten off by a shark. The ladyfish then turned into the first cobia I ever caught!
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