Salt and freshwater fly fishing is one of the fastest growing Australian sports. The size of the rod and line to be used will depend on three key factors, namely, the size of the fish to be caught, the size of the fly to be used, and also the wind strength. Fly rods and lines are numbered by category and measurement which is known as AFTMA standards (American Fishing Tackle Manufacturer’s Association). The standards are set by what is referred to as the working part of the line, or the first nine metres (29.5 feet). In essence, the greater the number is, the heavier the rod and line will be.
The line casts the fly and is the most important piece of equipment in fly fishing. Quality fly lines not only last longer but they also cast better. Depending on the type of line, there are three or four sections:
- Forward taper
- The ’belly’ or working part of the line
- Rear taper (not all lines have a rear taper)
- Running line
Fly lines come with a variety of characteristics. However, the most favoured one is the weight forward floating line. This is the best line available for those who are new to fly fishing because it’s the easiest to use and certainly the most practical in freshwater situations. The line comes in an assortment of tapers though, generally speaking, if trout is on the menu, then a long tapered line is a good choice. This type of line will provide not only a more gentle presentation, but will also enable a far longer cast.
With a bulky fly, a short tapered line allows easier casting. Nevertheless, these lines are not suited to more nervous fish as they land heavily on the water. There are other line varieties including sinking tip, intermediate, and sinking and shooting-tapered lines though these are all more difficult to cast, while the weight-forward floating line is the easiest.
To get started fly fishing, a 5- or 6- weight rod makes for a wise investment. This rod is light to hold and it’s also a good all-rounder when it comes to trout. The 5- or 6- rod may additionally be used for light saltwater fishing. However, should the angler have a preference for tropical saltwater estuarine fishing, a better choice would be an 8- or 9- rod. A good length for the rod is anything from 2.6 metres (8.5 feet) to 2.74 metres (9 feet), which is actually useful in most fly fishing scenarios.
The reel is the least important piece of equipment in freshwater fishing and merely acts to store the line. A simple freshwater reel will have a simple drag or clicker and those types are fine, though for something a little more upmarket, a reel with a disc drag or calliper is more appropriate.
A saltwater fishing reel should be more robust than a freshwater reel and must resist corrosion. They should also have a smoother drag as saltwater fish tend to pull with more ferocity than freshwater species. Fly reels do not have a gear. Instead, they enjoy a 1:1 ratio and to retrieve the line more rapidly, rely on their large diameter.
Because most fly lines are merely 30 metres (9.1 metres) in length, a backing line can be particularly useful. The backing line is attached to the fly line and wound onto the reel first. The quantity of backing line a reel may hold is referred to as the reel’s line capacity.
The best quality of backing line is gel-spun polyethylene which is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, does not absorb water, and is thinner in diameter than older line types allowing for a greater line capacity, and has little stretch.
How to Buy Fly Fishing Products on eBay
To get started on eBay, go to the Fishing section, then click the Refine Results tab. Click on Fishing under Categories and the select Fly Fishing at which point make a further choice from the appropriate category.
Read over eBay’s Buyer Protection policy which covers the price of the product as well as original shipping fees, and have a look at the seller’s warranty, shipping terms, pricing options, and returns policy. Check the seller’s feedback ratings and feel free to ask any questions should anything be unclear prior to making a purchase. Most sellers are happy to accept credit cards as well as Paypal.
Browsing on eBay for fly fishing products makes for an excellent option, simply because of the sheer number of products available and the highly competitive pricing. The final choice really comes down to buyer requirements and preferences.