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Safety is paramount at all times while fly-casting and fly fishing. Polaroid sunglasses will not only help you when you are fishing but also protect your eyes against wayward flies.

The Rod

I recommend a 9-foot, 5 or 6 weight rod, an excellent all round rod. One which has a progressive action is ideal, a progressive rod loads more deeply from the tip down the more power you apply, for short casts we just flex the tip, for long casts we load it right down to the butt.

The Reel

The lighter the reel the better, it should be large enough to hold the fly line plus 50 yards of 20 lb backing.

The Line

Use a good quality floating weight forward fly line; it is absolutely essential that the line balance with the rod of your choice. Choose a bright coloured fly line. This helps you to see the form of your casting loops while practicing and fishing. Remember bad casting scares fish not bright coloured fly lines.

The Leader

Usually the leader is the most neglected part of the fly casting system, the leader must have a design and length which transfers energy smoothly and efficiently from the fly line right to the fly. With a nail knot, attach a tapered leader of about the same size as your rod with a tip strength of about 2x, to the tapered leader tie on a piece of 3x tippet about half the length of the rod with a three turn water knot. To that, tie on a small piece of yarn for practice.

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