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The perfect starter kit for me
by Robert Demoret
(Highlands Ranch Colorado)
I am a rank beginner at fly fishing. Looked online and found rods from $65 to $350 in various lengths and flex points (I now learn). I decided I needed expert help to keep the cost of trying fly fishing to a reasonable level and yet get the right gear.
I read Chris Stewart's description of his starter kit and decided to use his expertise on picking a good starter rod, matching line and tippet to the rod, and getting the type and size of fly to use. The price was quite reasonable for all he provides. When I got the kit I was very impressed with the quality of the Shimotsuke rod (smooth operation and great flex) and both the florescent-yellow level line and tippet included. I now know the value of his including two line spools in the kit. The small fly box with six separate bins, and the dozen flies, is perfect to carry. By far the most complete starter kit I found online. I also bought the tool kit and am very glad I did.
Went to a big open area on the Platte river and learned to cast that tiny fly to the area I wanted, not the spot, in about 30 minutes. I learned overhead, side arm and also the fun sling-shot casting. I later went up a canyon to a spot with a 12 ft. high bank and big shrubs behind and along side me and a 5-7 mph wind blowing. Very tough for fly flishermen. I found that my tenkara rod allowed me to repeatedly make good casts to the areas behind rocks and above a small overflow between rocks; both side arm and sling shot. Had a ball.
I live in Colorado and now have the perfect rig to learn mountain stream fishing. I rank my overall experience with Tenkarabum as 5 Stars plus.
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