1.Try a rod before buying it; those that know me are aware of the rod I bought on a whim. I even got a discount after mailing the owner of Fulling Mill. It is a Fulling Mill Ti4 Fly Rod 9ft 4 Piece #5 rod. Looks lovely, I fished with it once and did not take to it immediately so have not used it again. To be fair I should fish with it properly but do so like my old trusty Greys that I just donâ€™t have the heart to fish with a different rod (other than my Tea Stick Bamboo).
2.If you fly does not come out the bush after the first couple of tugs, go after it- donâ€™t bother pulling again as you will weaken your tippet even if you do manage to get it out. If you do keep on pulling then you will lose your fly to a rather nice trout making you damn your luck when in fact it had nothing to do with luck but stupidity.
3.No matter how many flies you tie you will always have â€œonly oneâ€ of that essential fly in your box- you will then lose it in a tree. (see previous)
4.I get panicky when wading- so why did I buy rubber soled wading boots? Oh yea it is because I walk to the river, even though my last felts lasted the test of timeâ€¦.kind of. I suppose the trade off was between saving Â£25 or slipping every few steps and spooking every trout in a hundred yards- hmmm gimme the cash I said to myself.
5.Look at a rooster cape before buying it- if you are going to spend over Â£25 on some feathers make sure you donâ€™t buy it mail order. I know some people have managed this and won, unfortunately I was not one of them. I did manage to get a nice cape from Ebay but seemingly they are not shipping feathers across the pond anymore.