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Equipment for fly fishing includes a wading staff, wading shoes, sunglasses, angled forceps, a hook cone and more. Learn about the practical applications of fly fishing gear with help from a fly fishing guide in this free video on fly fishing equipment.

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Today we're going to talk about equipment tips, and how they can make your day more enjoyable, and a safe outing. First is a wading staff. It's collapsible, it's great for that extra leg when you're crossing, it opens up very easily, attaches to your belt. There we go, safe crossing. I attach this little magnet to it so it stays close by instead of having the tether hanging between my legs. When it's not in use, it comes apart, not quite as easily as it goes together, which is fine, and I re-wrap, and back into the sheath, done. Great investment. Another good investment for your safety walking is wading shoes. You don't want to be slipping and sliding, today's a wet wading day, so I'm into a pair of convertible pants and shorts, quick dries. These shoes are very comfortable, they come with a neoprene booty, they're felt. I attach hardened screws to the bottom for added grip and safety. Next, the pair of sunglasses. Always want to be fishing with a pair of either sunglasses on, or any kind of eye protection. A gust of wind comes up, moves that fly into your direction, the last thing you want to do is get it into your eye. Your eyes will not replenish. So, a good pair of polarized sunglasses helps you see the bottom from where you're walking, and also to spot fish movement in flashes and splashes. Baseball cap, speaks for itself. Keeps the sun off the eyes. I wear a lanyard. These tools are great to have. This is the leader straightener as we showed in one of the previous sessions. Nippers to clip your tippet and leader material down after you tie your knots. Forceps, I like the angled forceps. This is great for removing a hook, pinching the barbs. If you pinch the barbs, the hook removal is very easy, sometimes you don't even need these. But it's great to put your hook in here, pinch it, little twist, the barb is pinched down nicely. Fasten that back to the tag. Zinger, so when you need to reach out to extend your tools, is great to have as well. Whistle, this is really for guiding, but it's also good for anybody on the river. If someone's in distress, you can hear the whistle much easier than anything else. So, this is also a good way to attract people if you need assistance. A hook cone, its great, you can see the little slot in it, flat side, slot, touch up that hook, nice and sharp, ready to go. A good sharp hook is going to set much easier than a dull hook. Great little tool. Eyeglass cleaner, just got to keep this clean, you can throw it in the washer, make sure it's rinsed well. Great for your sunglasses, regular glasses. I've got a number of these hanging around in my truck and in other places. Tuck it back in, stays fairly dry, and that's the basic tools. Picking your equipment, what you want to fish with, first know the species and the size of the fish you're going to be fishing for. Now, here in Western Mass, we're fishing for trout. So, you're looking at fish anywhere from six inches to twenty-two inches. Anywhere from ounces into three to four pound fish can be caught fairly regularly. So, choosing a rod and a four weight, five weight, is a great choice for this area. It's a light rod, it can handle lighter tippets. It can also handle up to three x tippet, which is probably in the nine to ten pound range. You can handle fish on a tippet size, a fish can be three times larger that the tippet size or even more, depending on your experience levels, and the equipment having a good drag. Your reel would want to have a good, smooth drag that you can trust. And once you set the drag, you're comfortable with it, put the fish onto the drag and let it go, you'll have a great time. There's rods from introductory levels, to high-end rods. You need to make that choice. Some of the introductory levels are okay, but the mid-range rods and up by your major manufacturers will definitely out-perform any entry level rods.

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