PFB Beginners’ Guide
At Postfly we encourage anglers of all skill levels to participate in the one thing we love most: fly fishing. Our products are geared to help anglers of all levels – whether you’re a professional guide looking to explore new patterns or a novice seeking to build out the ol’ flybox. In an effort to motivate our novice members to get out there and fish, we created the PFB Beginners’ Guide as a quick reference tool to help introductory fly fisherman navigate the complex and somewhat intimidating terminology surrounding equipment and setup.
If you are trying to put a rod setup together, we recommend a 5WT rod paired with a 5WT reel as a starter. Its a very versatile setup that will work in almost all freshwater situations that you’ll find yourself it. Our friends at Taylor Reels have a great 5WT at a great price, the Array. At $179 you’d be hard pressed to find a better reel for the money.
You’ll want a WF (weight-forward) floating line, also 5WT. Every fly shop and most large fishing retailers (Bass Pro, Cabelas, etc) will carry a decent line option.
For leader, try out a Postfly Tapered Leader in 5X or 6X. The advantage of using a tapered leader is you won’t have to use tippet as the leader tapers to a fine point. All of our leaders are top quality and available at a price that can’t be beat, and ship for free.
The most important piece of equipment is the fly. You either have the right fly, or you don’t. The easiest way to build a diverse and functional fly box is with a Postfly Subscription. Each month you’ll get a selection of nymphs, dry flies, emergers, wet flies and terrestrials for trout fly fishing. We also offer subscriptions for steelhead, warmwater species, such as bass, panfish, and pike, a saltwater box and a monthly fly tying subscription. Get your first box for just $9 with code BLOG2016
Choose the box thats right for you and get out on the water!
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