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Fly Fishing West Chester PA

Local resource for fly fishing in West Chester. 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
(610) 518-5200
Brandywine Square Shopping Center
Downingtown, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 409-9790
Providence Town Center
Collegeville, PA
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(302) 738-8322
Christiana Center
Newark, DE
 
Sports Authority
(610) 594-9368
107 Swedesford Road
Exton, PA
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Modell's Sporting Goods
(610) 565-9360
1067 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA
Hours
10:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 6:00PM SUNDAY

Dick's Sporting Goods
(302) 477-9577
Brandywine Towne Center
Wilmington, DE
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(610) 323-7100
Coventry Mall
Pottstown, PA
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(610) 363-7881
289 Main Street
Exton, PA
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(610) 363-8432
283 Main Street
Exton, PA
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - THURSDAY
9:00AM - 9:30PM FRIDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Kinetic Skateboarding LLC
(302) 477-1533
3460 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE
 

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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