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Paul Proc­ter on what to look for when se­lect­ing your first river rod

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

Select your first river fly rod. Paul Proc­ter ex­plains

THOSE new to river fish­ing are of­ten un­de­cided as to what might be a good first out­fit. Ini­tially, most fly­fish­ers make the cross over to rivers from still­wa­ters when early out­ings are con­ducted us­ing their reser­voir tackle. Es­sen­tially, there’s noth­ing wrong with this, though if you plan to visit rivers and streams on a reg­u­lar ba­sis then you will ben­e­fit from an out­fit with a bit more finesse. How­ever, with rods rang­ing in length from 6ft-odd to lofty 11-foot­ers the be­gin­ner can be left be­wil­dered when it comes to se­lect­ing their first rod. This isn’t helped by the vast choice of line rat­ings ei­ther!

If you are plan­ning reg­u­lar vis­its to the river it’s worth in­vest­ing in a ded­i­cated out­fit.

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