- The Curtis Creek Manifesto. This book is an illustrated guide to the basics of flyfising; excellent for someone like me who was learning fishing vocabulary for the first time.
- The Orvis Guide to Flyfishing. This book was a bit of a dry read compared to the first, but it is a thorough introduction to the world of western style fly fishing. Obviously it is a little bit slanted toward Orvis, but there's lots of good information for beginners who want to get a feel for all the different aspects of fly fishing.
- Fish Don't Think: How to Catch Fish Using a Fly and Bubble. This book was recommended as THE book on high/alpine lakes spinning reel fishing. The theory goes that the spinning rather than fly fishing setup allows for much further casting distances, which can be very useful on high country lakes where rugged shorelines or overgrowth limit your ability to move around the lake or setup long casts with a fly reel.
- An ultralight spinning reel and rod intended for use with the fly-and-bubble sytem mentioned above.
- A simplified fly fishing style called Tenkara, which uses a shorter telescoping rod without a reel, to which you attach your line and tippet directly to the end of the rod.
Fly and Bubble Spinning Kit
This setup is intended to be a simple and effective means of cathcing fish for dinner in backcountry lakes. Whether I ever get good enough that I consider catching dinner simple... I'm sure I'll still be carrying those freeze dried dinners for a long time. Here's what I'm looking at.
- Eagle Claw Pack-It Telescopic Spinning Rod: This rod is compact and cheap. The internet seems to think that for spinning setups, spend on the reel and save on the rod, and the opposite is true for fly fishing.
- Pflueger Ultralight Spinning Reel: I found this reel mentioned a number of times as a good balance of quality and price.
- I'll also pickup a couple small spinning lures, a few bubbles, and a small selection of split shot weights.
Fly fishing has that romanticism to it (go watch A River Runs Through It), and it seems that fly fishing is about the experience, and many (if not most) fly fisherman fish catch-and-release much more than they fish for dinner. I can see myself enjoying fishing casually as part of the camping trips I typically go on each year, as well as doing some day trips to local stream. Here's the kit I'm considering.
- Tenkara Starter Kit from TenkaraBum ($170+$14): The main kit ($170) comes with an 11-foot rod, line, tippet, line hoders, flies, and a flybox. Nearly everything needed to hit the river. I'll probably also pickup the optional tools kit from them too, which is $14 for forceps, line clipper, and a 'zinger' which is just a retractable lanyard for the foreceps and clippers.
PS - I just realized one thing I didn't lear yet: flyfishing, fly fishing, or fly-fishing?