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  1. Closing out the Getting Started Fly Fishing series with a Product Review of the Martin Fly Fishing Kit which comes with rod, reel, fly line, backing, and leader as well as fishing flies and an instruction booklet. It comes ready to fish - just tie on a fishing fly. Review provides recommendations and tips to get started in fly fishing and some thoughts on what to do next after fishing with the combo PS: Do check back on a follow-up video where I cast the combo with the level line that reel came with compared to casting with a shooting head - specifically, the OPST Commando Head! #flyfishing #fishing
  2. Ready to closeout the Getting Started Fly Fishing $33 Amazon Challenge after one more round at a local pond. Martin Fly Fishing Kit has been a great deal... fly rod and reel; fly line, backing and leader; and fishing flies, too! And, this round... the Wooley Bugger took a beating and was retired but it came through with Bass and Bluegill caught. Also, was able to show the false casts that I used to cast the level line for distance. Do check back... plan to post a closeout video with thoughts on the Martin Fly Fishing Kit and an extra video where I add an OPST Commando Head to the combo!
  3. Martin Fly Fishing Kit came with fishing flies. Muddler Minnow did well on Bass and Bluegill, but it was beaten up. Switched to the Big Nymph and caught more Bluegill. Good to known the fishing flies will catch fish!
  4. Next in the Getting Started in Fly Fishing series is a video that shows yours truly catching fish using only 32 feet of line - 8 feet of line on the rod, 16 feet of line past th rod tip, and 8 feet of leader tippet. If you are first starting out and you get frustrated with your cast, try less line and focus on a stealth approach/presentation to fish lurking near the bank. And, gain a feel for setting the hook and playing a fish on a fly rod. Fun stuff! Do check back for more in the series... next up is a look at the fishing flies that came with the $33 Martin Fly Fishing Kit!
  5. Back to a local pond that I have not fished for in awhile to "test" the Martin Fly Fishing Combo sold in a kit by Amazon. Using a Muddler Minnow that came with the kit. It's beaten up but still catches fish. Lots of fun, and got a new idea for the next video in the series where I use only 32 feet of line to fish. The intent... you don't need to cast long distances to catch fish to get started fly fishing! Stay tuned for more!
  6. I have used 6 lbs stren mono, 4lbs stren mono, and 2 lbs fluorocarbon with good success. Stocker trout, local pond fishing... for Stripers, I make a two section leader of 30 lbs stren and 17lbs stren... have not had issues with line breakage on the local stripers. I do keep Rio and Cabelas brand tippets handy for those longer trips that have larger trout.
  7. Next in the ongoing Getting Started in Fly Fishing - $33 Amazon Challenge is a money saving DIY demo where yours truly shows you how I make my own fly fishing leader. Costing less than a dollar, much less if you don't use tippet rings, the DIY Fly Fishing Leader uses a Perfection Loop, Blood Knot, Improved Clinch Knot, and a Trilene Knot and different lengths and strengths of monofilament line. Do give it a try and let us know how it works for you. And, do check back for more in the Series... look for upcoming videos of the Muddler Minnow that came with the Martin Fly Fishing Kit that is the base for this series! Also, have upcoming videos with suggestions that may be of interest to some... and, they won't cut into your fishing budget! #fishingtips #flyfishing #fishinghacks
  8. Next in the Getting Started in Fly Fishing series - money saving DIY demo on making your own fly fishing leader. Costing less than a dollar, much less if you don't use tippet rings! #fishingtips #flyfishing #fishinghacks #fishing https://youtu.be/5BBW2vkQ5yY Try These Two Modifications for the Martin Fly Fishing Combo. Before you go fishing with the Martin Fly Fishing Combo, try these two modifications. Mod 1. If you want to change reel's left-hand retrieve to a right-hand retrieve.Mod 2. Add a section of 30lbs mono to replace the knot used to connect the fly line to the leader with a loop to loop connection. Works for similar single action fly reels that use a click-pawl drag aka clicker. Do check back for the next video if the Getting Started Fly Fishing - $33 Amazon Challenge... look for DIY Leader Recipe that show how we make our own fly fishing leaders instead of buying them!
  9. Video snippet showing how I switch the Martin Fly Reel from left to right hand retrieve. Works for similar click-pawl drag single action, fly reels. For more details, see the full video Try These Two Modifications for the Martin Fly Fishing Combo.
  10. First fish of the Getting Started Fly Fishing - $33 Amazon Challenge was a Bass! Hooked and landed others, too! Yes, you can get started fly fishing without breaking the bank. But, beware you may get hooked your self!
  11. Getting Started Fly Fishing - $33 Amazon Fishing Challenge 🤑 Kicked off the Amazon Challenge to show you can get started fly fishing for $33... specifically for $32.46 for a Martin Fly Fishing Fly Rod and Reel combo.
  12. One last fishing trip with the old Cortland Fiberglass Rod, and then it will be putaway to closeout the series. What's next,... "Getting Started in Fly Fishing - Amazon Fly Fishing Challenge". Ordered a Fly Rod/Reel combo for $32, delivers this week. Do stay tuned! #flyfishing #pondfishing #fishing
  13. Quick update to kickoff the Amazon Fly Fishing Challenge to demo getting started in fly fishing for $32... plus an update on yesterday's kayak fishing at the local lake!
  14. Tough go at our local lake yesterday. Struck out at Clear Lake Park on Lake Lavon. At least got a great workout! Later, fished Highland Park. Had a few hits on Shad. Even had one on the line but did not keep it... had a lesion that I was wary about.
  15. This round I take the old Cortland Fiberglass Rod that has no drag except for the reel clicker and palming the reel to the local pond for Bass. Rod has a slow action making it really bendy!
  16. Recent trip to the Texas Coast had us fishing with Fish Bites. Worked well in Saltwater, wonder how it does in Freshwater. Took the @GoFish Cam to the local pond and watched Bass, Bluegill, and Turtles react to Fish Bites. Also, learned the Bluegill are attracted to the sound of the splash when casting the GoFish Cam... may explain why we get bit immediately when fishing with lures and fishing flies! Do checkout the video!
  17. Another video snippet of the effectiveness of this combo. Popper catches fish'. Fly Rod casts well even over the shoulder, too!
  18. More video on the old fly rod and catching a fish with it!
  19. Grabbed the old fly rod and tied on a Betts Popper and caught a Bass at the local pond! #flyfishing #fishing #betts
  20. Here is the follow-on catch and cook video to our "Kayak Fishing for Whatever Bites" video! Simple recipe that calls for Garlic Salt and Black Pepper! Do give it a try!
  21. Headed to the local lake for kayak fishing Saturday morning. Heat Advisory in effect, so we were not sure if the fish would be biting. Plan was to either bottom bounce a slab and jig rig or troll it for whatever bites. Else, would get a workout in paddling to and from the boat ramp. Managed two White Bass - one on a yellow Slab and one on a Crappie Jig. Also, had a little Channel Catfish strike a Crappie Jig bottom bounced. Not sure how we plan to cook the two White Bass, but will post a video. Do check back!
  22. First time kayak fishing Canyon Lake. Water was crystal clear and weather was sunny and hot. Only caught two little fish but did get a good workout in! Did see some Baby Buzzards feeding on a dead carp. May have been a sign to try fishing another time. LOL!
  23. Fished with the Bait Finesse System Gear - Kastking Zephyr BFS Reel with Clicker and Bass Pro Shops Microlite Fiberglass Rod. Tied on the antique Rapala Floating Minnow for a follow-on round to confirm an earlier fishing trip was not a fluke. Confirmed... Bass still like the Rapala Floating Minnow! https://youtu.be/8-PhS0yTUJY
  24. Fun trip to the Texas Coast fishing for inshore saltwater fish with our Zebco Slingshot Spinning Combos purchased from Walmart for $9.99! Overall, the feisty combo held their own except for one that got away... would say the 8lbs line was the culprit not the combo.
  25. Quick tie fly tying demo of Wapsi's Foam Spider Kit. Easy pattern, tied in minutes, and fished soon after tying it. Caught four fish, lost what could have been number five... also, lost the fishing fly. Luckily, tied another one after the trip!
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