The first thing you need to do is obtain the proper licenses for you to go fishing. Also, find out where you can legally fish. Know your state rules for fishing. Do not fish illegally.
Purchase a high-quality pair of waders. Lightweight, insulated material is best. Waders come in different styles and with different soles. If you plan on fishing year-round invest in a pair of chest-high waders. These will protect you more in the cold water and some can be rolled down to waist-level in the summer months. Look for soles that you can attach cleats to.
Cleats will give you added traction that is sometimes necessary when walking in the streams and rivers. You will also need a wading staff. This isn’t necessary, but you might find one useful in keeping your balance. A wise investment for beginners.
A fishing vest is necessary since you can’t carry a tackle box along. Try on several different types to get the perfect fit. Choose one with many compartments that are easily accessible.
It is always best to have a flotation device. River currents can change quickly and to be on the safe side a flotation device can save your life.
Rod and line selection depend on where you are going to do your fishing. The smaller the stream or river, the smaller the line size you will need. Really big river fishing requires a really big line. You will also need to choose a rod that corresponds with your line. If you are just starting, longer rods are easier to cast than short ones.
You will need a fly reel. Again this depends on what you plan to fish. The bigger the fish, the bigger the fly reel should be.
Fly Line Backing is also needed, especially for those big fish.
All that is left is an assortment of flies and lures.
If you are unsure about making the right selection, ask around for advice. Fishermen love to talk and they will be happy to give you plenty of tips.
Learning To Cast
Casting requires a back and forth motion of your rod and line. It does take some time to get the hang of it. Keep practicing and you will soon be able to land the fly wherever you want it.
The best way to learn how to cast is to watch and learn. Have another fisherman teach you or watch fishing shows on television. Many websites have videos on how to properly cast.
Keep practicing and soon you will get your big catch.