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Fly Fishing Saint Petersburg FL

Local resource for fly fishing in Saint Petersburg. 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
(727) 791-8580
Countryside Centre
Clearwater, FL
 
Sports Authority
(727) 343-2088
3700 Tyrone Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Anderson David & Lori
(727) 341-0007
3328 Boca Ciega Drive North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Gold Seal Cutlery
(727) 327-0757
1501 22nd Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Gulfport Bike Shop
(727) 321-3085
5016 Gulfport Boulevard South
Gulfport, FL
 
Jim Harte's Marauder Soccer Camp
P.O. Box 15221
Clearwater, FL
 
Beach & Trail Bike Shop
(727) 384-6608
7100 9th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Sports Authority
(727) 343-2088
3700 Tyrone Boulevard North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Advantage Hitches & Trailer Sales Inc
(727) 573-6055
5755 54th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL
 
Car Clean Mobile Detailing
(727) 343-7202
1517 Hull Street South
Gulfport, FL
 

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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