Re: For beginners
im going to assume that the rod is going to be a tip flex rod so its going to be a little be harder to cast in the beginning but once you get it down it will be great for a first rod. Each rod will have a different flex, pretty much a slow, medium, and fast. A slow rod the whole rod will flex to the butt section it will be easier to cast but harder to get a good hook set. A fast rod will flex at the tip making it hard to cast (but it is more accurate) but you will be able to get a better hook set. A medium action rod is basically the middle of the 2 others. Now that are also some other pro and cons from each style but that can be for later. If I was you i would look for a medium or a medium fast action rod, but like what seeker said go out and cast some lines and see what you like. A good many of my buddies go to International angler and a good buddy of mine works there so i dont think you could go wrong by stopping in there. Now the next thing you are going to need are some flies. That is going to all dictate on what streams you plan on fishing. There will be caddis and midges in just about every stream you fish and most of your mayflies. I would start out with some pheasant tails in sizes 10-20 and that will cover ALOT of bugs (mayflies and stones) with just that fly. Some caddis larvae in green, cream and brown will be another fly that you should have in sizes 8-18. Always have some zebra midges in your box. A hares ear and a price nymph will also be some other great flies to have. Those are just some flies that will get you started for fishing underneath where the trout will be feeding 95% of the time. For dries some BWO in size 16-20 will be good some Elk hair caddis in sizes 12-18 and some adams in 12-18 well get you going for most of your mayflies. Now i know i have wrote a lot of information but dont be scared by it all, just learn how to nymph fish at the moment and in about a month or so when that bugs starts to hatch pick up a dry fly or two and give it a go.