So the choices for buying fly fishing gear are pretty brutal in MB. Does anyone have recommendations of online retailers to order gear from?
Thanks in advance!
Thanks in advance!
Thanks MBflyguy!Yeah tough ask TBH !!! depending on where you are " down south" bonefish fly fishing can have different meanings. Many places they can top out at 3-4 lbs and others from 2 to 3 plus times that size . So while many folks suggest an 8 wt fly rod that can be overkill, an 8 wt is good for up to say 15- 20 lb fish, you could use it for cats on the Red. Generally the reason for the 8 wt for bonefish idea is that it allows you to also target other larger species of fish that you might also encounter in the same location without being under gunned. Or you are fishing for GIANT bonefish!!! So really you could consider a lighter outfit say 6 or 7 wt for the bonefish if you don't need the extra muscle where you are heading.
Bonefish fly fishing is a casting to target fish game , you see/spot the fish and cast and intice , which means you need to be able to deliver the flies accurately , delicately and quickly without a lot of commotion. It is a lot like fly fishing for spring carp in MB lakes if you want to practise , although our carp are lot bigger than bonefish)
The most important part of the rod/reel/line equation to get all that working is the fly line. Luckily Rio and Sci Anglers and some others make Bonefish specific lines designed to punch flies to distance , accurately with minimal surface disturbance in lots of conditions including nasty winds on the flats!!.
Fly reels are really just line and backing holders with drags that very from effective to useless, that said any reel you buy should be saltwater rated. You jump in at the pricepoint and marketing hype you are comfortable with.
Rods need to be matched up to the line style you are using. For bonefish/sight fishing the lines are very weight forward designed and in order to deliver those line types quickly and also make change of direction casts very fast you want a very fast action rod. Most rods for that style of fishing are 9 ft plus and usually have a small extension of the handle below the reel to allow you some relief when fighting fish.
So where do you get this stuff ??- Orvis+Cabelas sell stuff that would work if you know what you are looking for. Why not find a tackle shop close to where you are heading and plan on buying a setup from them as they will have the local fishing figured out and have the appropriate gear you need to get going at a variety of pricepoints. They probably also will have good local flies and location/times advice!!.
For MB smallmouth unless you have a secret spot an 8wt setup is brutal overkill. Go to the FishinHole and pickup a 5 or 6wt rod and reel and a WF floating line and some backing and have a it!!
Hope that helps