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Fly Fishing Saint Paul MN

Local resource for fly fishing in Saint Paul. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fly fishing gear and apparel, fly fishing stores, bait and tackle shops, fly fishing guides and fly fishing lessons, as well as advice and content on fly fishing services and resources.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(651) 633-7242
1645 County Road B2 W
Roseville, MN
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(952) 525-0200
11260 Wayzata Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(763) 323-8611
Riverdale Village
Coon Rapids, MN
 
Sports Authority
(651) 638-3000
1750 W. Highway 36
Roseville, MN
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Sports Authority
(612) 861-1200
Shops at Lyndale, 1150 W. 78th Street
Richfield, MN
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(612) 869-0200
1700 West 78th Street
Richfield, MN
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(952) 898-0743
1178 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN
 
Pepe Jon's Happy Feet
3360 Xanthus Lane
North Plymouth, MN
 
Roseville REI Store
(651) 635-0211
1955 County Rd B2 W
Roseville, MN
 
Hi Tempo
(651) 429-3333
3959 N. Highway 61
White Bear Lake, MN
 

Fly Rod Length

Choosing a fly rod length is a relatively easy decision and quite dependent on where you will be fishing. If you will be fishing a small mountain stream or spring creek with a lot of cover, then a smaller rod will be necessary. On the flip side, if you’ll be fishing medium to large streams and rivers, then a longer fly rod will be in order because it will allow for longer casts and greatly improved line mending. For trout fishing on medium sized rivers or larger, a 9’ or longer rod is generally used. For the largest rivers, a 10’ rod is generally used. On very small rivers or spring creeks, small fly rods in the 7’ to 7.5’ range are generally the most effective and most used.

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Type of Fishing

I only fish for trout so my focus here will be limited to trout but even if you’re going for something other than trout, this is still an important consideration. If you’re going to be fly fishing in the ocean or a lake, you won’t want to buy a rod designed for trout as the performance of that rod will be horrible. Even if your focus is only trout, like mine, you’ll still need to consider what type of trout you’re after. If you’re fishing for native trout in a small mountain stream, that will be quite a bit different than fishing for Steelhead on one of the tributaries off Lake Erie. Keep this in mind as we continue to step through the selection process.

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