Chad this is a VERY expensive sport, but well worth the money once you have the hang of it.
I would suggest purchasing a fairly cheap rod and reel combo first, just to see if you will enjoy it. Find an open spot in a park or something with low grass. Set out a couple of large rings, (I use a few hula hoops), at different distances. Tie a small white piece of foam or white yarn at the end of your line.
Now... this may seem strange... but just trust me on this one. Wear a long sleeve shirt. Take your sleeve and pull it up around the end of the rod behind the reel. It will keep your wrist straight. Feels really wierd at first, but it works like a charm.
NEVER take the rod up past your ear... and NEVER let rod go down past the top of your belly. Say... 11:30 and 9:15 on a clock. ALWAYS go down a little faster than you went up... and you'll be casting like a champ.
Now... Some will say that you need to be able to cast 40 yards of line. HORSE &#!T! Three maybe 4 good pulls should be more than enough to get the job done and still allow you to control the line.
Once you have your casting down, then you want to work on something called Mending. Mending involves flicking the line from the wrist. It's just a simple roll really. Mending keeps the line down stream in line with rod, and you can set the hook much easier.
If you've done spincasting your whole life, you are in for a treat! A hit on a fly rod is MUCH different than a hit on a spincast or baitfish rod. You feel like a 10 ton truck is on the other end. Every time I go out with the fly rod now I have to prepare myself for the strike. It shocks me! What a blast though when you land the first one on a fly rod.
Be prepared to change flies often. Like hunting, you will want to scout. Check the surface for what bugs are present, then try to match them as closely as possible. Sometimes what worked one strike will no longer work the entire day. It's amazing. A week before I go out I am on the water watching for surface activity and noting the time and the water conditions. I ALWAYS stop into a local flyshop and jackjaw a while. Since I tie my own, I can usually buy one or two of the suggested flies and make about 6 of each when I get back home.
BOOTS: Get boots with FELT on the bottom. The rubber soled boots hit moss and slide like crazy. Nothing worse than falling in. It sucks.
Waders: Make sure they are light and airy. The Neoprene waders will KICK YOUR BUTT. You'll be wiped out in an hour. Remember that Fly-fishing is a labor intensive sport. You will constantly be on the move by either changing spots, changing flies, casting... Lightweight waders are a must!
About a month ago my father-in-law and I FINALLY hit the much fabled Caddis hatch here in Colorado on the Arkansas River just east of Pueblo Colorado. AMAZING!!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I had to stop after 6 hours of non-stop flyfishing. I was completely worn out! They say about 20% of the flyfishermen and women in Colorado catch the hatch. What an experience!!
Last edited by Colorado Rick; 06-10-2009 at 09:38 AM.