Find the Best Fishing Spots in a New Area

How to get insider information while traveling, Cheaply

People have told me several times, If you want to get some good fishing spots in a new area, hire a guide.

Problem is, hiring a guide can be anywhere from $400 to $600 in most areas. Justifying that cost is an onerous task for most of us.  Blindly going to different spots and casting can be incredibly discouraging and every unanswered cast only serves to amplify your inner critic. Most fly shops run their own guide service or the people behind the counter are guides.  If neither is the case, they are still not inclined to give you any insider information for free. What can you do?

The cheapest resource is found online.  In my experience, this is the most unreliable option.  People are unreliable, and the advice you get is likely to be the fishing equivalent to suggesting Chili’s as a local food option.  That may not always be the case, but you get what you pay for more times than not.

The other option is my favorite.  Find a local fly shop and buy some stuff. Spend anywhere from $20 to $50 on flies and other light tackle, and THEN ask for advice.  They aren’t going to give you their best spots, but they will give you better advice than they will the next guy.  MY favorite approach is to spend $20 one day and chat them up.  Then I come back and drop a little more money before asking them about somewhere to fish.

Some places have guides that do “DIY” trips.  They’ll take you out for 1/2 to 1/3 the normal price and row you around, but that’s it.  They’ll put you on the water, but you do the work.  Your gear, your flies, your trip.  I haven’t done one yet, but I know they exist. Ohio’s Donnie Knight offers these trips, for example.

What are your thoughts?  Have anything to Add?  Comment below!

One Hundred and Fifty Bucks

A quick search on the internet will find several articles about budget fly rods

Our problem with a lot of them is the names and prices they are throwing out.  Sage, Orvis, St Croix, Thomas & Thomas, Mystic, etc…  With prices ranging from $70-$300.  Most of the posted rods seem to fall on the $150 plus range.  That’s crap.  So sorry, but a rod shouldn’t cost much more than a nice dinner to be considered budget.

Here at the Fly & Dime, we are setting a cap.  A high-end rod on this site caps at $150.  That’s as high as we will go.  Same for fly reels, waders, wading boots, vests, packs, basically any big money item we frequently use. “Sage is offering 65% off the Sage X today!” That’s great, but that price is still four times higher than anything we will advertise on this site.  We aren’t going to spend that kind of money, we won’t suggest you do it either. This is Five & Dime Fly Fishing, folks.  We keep it cheap here.

One Hundred and Fifty Bucks.  That’s our cap.

Orvis Can be Affordable, Occasionally

We received this in the old e-mailbox this morning.

Normally, aside from some flies, we dont consider Orvis to fall in the “budget” fly fishing catagory, but when they cut some pretty deep sales prices… Well, we don’t mind making the occasional suggestion.

They are currently advertising up to 70% off certain sale items, so it HAS to be worth at least lurking. Click on the coupon screenshot or visit the store to find out what they have on sale. If you find something amazing, leave a comment!

Discount Orvis Fly Fishing Gear

This is not an endorsement for Orvis, nor does F&D see any return on this.

The Humble Eagle Claw

The Eagle Claw Featherlight.

This is easily the best damn fly rod for the money.  I mean seriously.  This thing is $29.99 retail.  You know how much the warranty cost of a TFO, Ross Worldwide, or G. Loomis is?  $30, $50, and who knows?  Essentially, you have the same warranty with Eagle Claw as those other rod companies.

But how does it perform?  It’s wrestled a huge smallmouth buffalo, several carp, plenty of bass, a couple of schoolie specks, some puppy drum, and several longnose gar into submission with no issues.  The proof is hidden in my instagram stream.  Essentially, it performs great.  They always feel better for me over lined one or two weights, depending on the model.  There are a bunch of different models too.

These are Parabolic, Fiberglass, Fun rods.  Short with a sweet action, and an even better price point.  There is no such things as buyer’s remorse with this fly rod.


Buy One Here, or don’t. I’m a link, not your supervisor.