The fly fishing world can be a tough nut to crack. On top of equipment costs and learning to fly fish, you also have to deal with the elitists, the people who have their noses in the air and scoff anytime someone wants to try something new or maybe a little different. If you aren’t tossing hand-tied, dry flies to rising fish, then you have somehow violated some laws of fly fishing and are an outsider.
This is usually the attitude I get when I mention to someone a good option for beginner fly fisherman from Bass Pro Shops. Instead of trying to learn all of the different types of flies right away, why not try a life cycle kit that will give you the flies you need in every stage of their life?
It makes a heck of a lot of sense to me, because when I first started to fly fish, my single biggest hurdle was understanding flies and how they related to what fish actually ate. Instead of going into the fly shop, standing in front of a fly display that has hundreds of options, the beginner can now buy a life cycle kit that follows the life of the insect from larvae to adult.
So, if your favorite local river is a mayfly river, you can get one kit that will allow you to fish all year long.
Mayfly, Stonefly, And Caddis Fly
These life cycle kits are offered in three different species of fly—mayfly, stone, and caddis.
For the beginner, that is going to cover most of the options and allow you to catch fish quickly. In my testing, these flies held up very well to multiple fish being taken. Despite being from a large retailer, they do have a good deal of craftsmanship to them, and are tied with good quality.
If you are just getting started, give these a try. If you are experienced, but know someone who is just starting out and trying to get started, tell them to give these a try. They are a great learning tool to help you understand when to use what stage of fly.[cjwizard],,,,,,,,,97579-1364406,,,[/cjwizard] [cjwizard],,,,,,,,,97583-1364405,,,[/cjwizard]