The amount of gear you see hooked onto brimmed hats and bulky fishing vests can be completely bonkers—but Watters says all you really need to get started is a rod, reel, floating fly line, leader, tippet and a couple of flies. (Confused? Just ask an employee at any good fly-fishing shop to help you find what you’re looking for).
“Another option is tenkara,” Watters says of the age-old Japanese method of fly-fishing favored by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. “It’s basically a collapsible rod with a line attached at the tip, which eliminates the need for a reel.
“It simplifies the learning process and is a wonderful tool for starting the sport.”
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