Fly-Fishing Gear You Will Need
For Beginners Just Getting Started Fly Fishing for Trout in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park
For the last few years I have heard the same story over and over from those that
do not fly fish. It is generally accepted that fly-fishing is an expensive
sport. It is not. In fact, if you consider all the other fishing options, it is
one of the least expensive sports.
Lets compare it to bass fishing. You would need a $30,000.00 to 48,000.00 boat
to start and then a few reels that cost a few hundred each. If you use anything
less you will be laughed at by most serious bass anglers. Serious walleye
fishing is about the same cost.
If you take up Inshore Saltwater Fishing then your going to need even more
money. If you take up Offshore Saltwater Fishing (on your own boat or if you
frequently charter), then you are going to need several times the amount of
cash you would for bass or walleye fishing. Boats start out at about $100,000.00
but that is a small 26 foot boat with outboard engines for power. If you want to
take up Big Game Fishing and you don't have a few million dollars to spend,
forget it. You can charter for about $1600.00 per day but then you will be more
of a tourist than marlin fisherman.
I forgot about the cost of fuel. My 25 foot boat with twin 250 HP engines burned
about $400-$600 of gas per day.
You can fly fish for trout from a boat but not in the Smoky Mountains National
Park thank goodness. Facts are, with the exception of sitting on the bank
with a cane pole, about the most affordable fishing sport is Fly-fishing.
I think much of the misconception about the cost of fly-fishing comes from the
retailers and manufacturers themselves. It is such a small sport that prices for
gear gets completely out of hand. Making a few things one at a time cost lots of
money. Colorful brochures and fly-fishing magazine ads that cost thousands,
apparently necessary in order to sell a few of anything, greatly increases the
cost of many fly-fishing products.
Because of this misconception in the cost of fly-fishing and the request of
several readers, we have decided to post a list of items that one should have
with them when they are just getting started fly fishing. Although this is
specifically for fly-fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it well
applies to those fly-fishing any of the freestone streams in the Eastern