Your casting skill will often make the difference between catching and not. If you feel you need some work on your fly casting, I am available for casting lessons at $30.00 per hour - Book me
The fly rod is the most important tool you have as a fly fisher. The rod dictates your presentation and your distance. Heavier rods will cast further but can be 'less than delicate' on the presentation, while lighter ones can't get as far out. Generally in Montana on the streams, 3 to 5 weight rods are best. The reel is much less important to a fly fisher. It's primarily used to take up and stow line. If you were to cut corners on price, this is where to do it, NOT on the rod. We can provide rods and reels if you prefer.
Fly line is quite important as well. Poorly maintained fly line can cripple your cast and dry-rot can severely weaken it. A cleaning solution is recommended for best performance and the line should be cleaned after each day of use. Leader begins the process of converting your opaque fly line to something clear and hopefully invisible to the fish. 5 or 6x 9 to 12 ft leader is the norm for Montana streams. Tippit extends your leader if it is becoming short and can also provide a delicate extension for a tricky presentation. Flourocarbon is best for strength and invisibility but isn't biodegradable. We can provide for all of your line needs if you prefer.
The quintessential fly fisher's fly! These can result in noisy splashy takes off the surface of the water, however, frequently the fish are not looking up and are instead grazing on insects in the water column. When they are turned on the surface action though, this can be very productive. Takes some skill in presentation and control after the cast and often requires a completely drag-free drift. We can provide all of your dry flies - and we can attach them to your tippet - if you prefer.
For larger fish, sometimes we need to go sub-surface. Nymphs are juvenile bugs that are in a transition stage before they 'hatch' into something that has wings. They are always in the water column and fish, being efficient eaters, prefer these as they usually come to them. We can provide all of your nymph patterns - if you prefer.