Go Fish

Don’t be caught up the creek ill-prepared. This fly-fishing gear will help you fill your basket in no time.

(left) Lake Fork Taxidermy
Price: $350 average

Modern fly-fishers know that old-school taxidermy is so passé. Lake Fork Taxidermy in Emory, Texas, specializes in fiberglass replicas, which allow that trophy fish to be caught and released by many a lucky fisherman. Their impressive client list includes B.A.S.S. Classic qualifiers Alton Jones and Kelly Jordon, along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Be sure to take detailed photographs of your fish along with its measurements. (903-765-9999, www.lakeforktaxidermy.com)
photography courtesy of Lake Fork Taxidermy
(right) Tibor Tail Water CL reel
Price: $352

This lightweight reel requires little maintenance and has been thoroughly anodized to prevent rusting. It features ConstaLubeTM, which will help you tire a fish with one of the smoothest drags around. With a 120-yard line capacity, you’ll have no problem getting a freshwater bass to glide into your basket. But this rugged reel is durable enough to help you fight a tarpon in salt water, too. (Available at www.tiborreel.com)
photography courtesy of Tibor Reel Corporation

(left) Sage 690-4 XP Rod
Price: $595

This graphite rod is perfect for the delicacy of freshwater fishing. The 9-foot gold standard weighs in at a mere 3 9/16 ounces and features a handmade handle of Flor-grade Portuguese cork. The graphite couples control and accuracy with a quick-loading line. Like most high-quality rods, it has a lifetime warranty. (Available at www.sageflyfish.com)
photography courtesy of Sage Manufacturing
(right) Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoots
Price: $425

For the cost of a small boat, these third-generation Gore-Tex® waders are breathable and waterproof—and when you’re fishing for trout in 45-degree water, that can make all the
difference. They have a hand-warmer pocket for chilly days or camera storage. With 20 sizes to choose from, there’s a perfect pair for every fly-fisher. (Available at www.simmsfishing.com)
photography courtesy of Simms

Classes
Learn how to swim a fly at Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s. Both offer classes for beginners that cover equipment basics, casting techniques, and fly-tying. Complimentary classes at Bass Pro
Shop are every Wednesday night as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Cabela’s offers free 3-hour classes every fewweeks. Learning how to cast a line from the pros: $0. Catching
your first big one: priceless. (Bass Pro Shop: 972-724-2018, www.basspro.com; Cabela’s: 817-337-2400, www.cabelas.com)

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