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Fly Fishing Wilmington DE

Local resource for fly fishing in Wilmington. 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
(302) 477-9577
Brandywine Towne Center
Wilmington, DE
 
YWCA
(302) 658-7161
233 King Street
Wilmington, DE
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(302) 477-0859
4737 Concord Pike Suite 290
Wilmington, DE
 
Delaware Tackle
(302) 764-1788
509 Brandywine Blvd
Wilmington, DE
 
Sports Authority
(302) 479-7560
1100 Rocky Run Parkway
Wilmington, DE
Services
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
(302) 738-8322
Christiana Center
Newark, DE
 
Alan`s Bicycles
(302) 478-0990
4723 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE
 
Dick`s Clothing & Sporting Goods
(302) 477-9577
1000 Brandywine Parkway
Wilmington, DE
 
Adventure Kids
(302) 478-0509
(302)478-0509
Wilmington, DE
 
Bike Line
(302) 479-9438
2900 Concord Pike
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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