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Buyer's Guide Index

Ask the Experts | Buyers Guides for the Novice, to the Pro's.
Buyer's Guides
A go-to source for all things fly fishing from sink tips to float tubes. There's no shortage of gear one can add to the arsenal but trying to figure out what you need or want can be overwhelming. Search our guides and you might find info on what your looking for.



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Wading Boots - Finding the Right Size

Buying the wrong boot can cause turmoil. Try not to do this. Fishing is supposed to be enjoyable, so while looking over your options, keep these general rules in mind.


Waders Sizing Demonstration

From our online guru product specialist Greg Darling.†



Sink Tips, Polyleaders, Versileaders - A Buyer's Guide

So whatís up with all this talk about tips and sink tips and polyleaders and so on? Well, it can be complicated but we can work through it. Letís first start by going over the major difference between a tip and a poly/versileader.


Yes, itís true, fly reels can be just as expensive as the actual fly rod in hand. Certain reels can go upwards of a thousand dollars or more, but this sort of dollar outlay is rather luxurious. A more frequent price range for fly reels is between $60 Ė $600. What determines this price? Well it really comes down to the quality of materials used, the design and the size of the reel.

Finding the right line for switch rods (rods between the lengths of 10.5 Ė 11.5 feet) can be confusing. Let us try to clear a few things up by talking about the different types of applications that switch rods are used for.

One of the biggest recommendations to newcomers is to head out with a buddy who has some experience with the sport. Also, if it is an option, hiring a fishing guide for a day is truly invaluable.

Choosing the Right Float Tube: If you like to fish still water you should seriously consider a float tube. No, they donít go fast and you canít tote your family along, but as far as single-person fly-fishing vessels are concerned, they are tough to beat.

Floating atop the surface of a lake or a river is a beautiful thing...
For those of you interested in purchasing a pontoon boat, the three most important things to consider are: Durability, Function and Your Budget. Pontoon Basics - 101.



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