Buying fly fishing gear can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner. There is a lot of gear involved when you’re fly fishing. Just the selecting the fly rod alone can be a handful and a rod is not the only thing you need when you’re fly fishing. This article will give you a much clearer view of what to purchase when you’re about to go shopping.
1. Fly Rod
There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a fly rod. But first, you need to match the line weight with what species you want to catch. O-2 lines are for small fish like small trout or panfish. 3-5 lines are for bigger trout, small bass, and medium fish. 6-7 lines are for bigger flies, slightly bigger fish, and strong winds. 8 and above are for larger and stronger fish, specifically saltwater fish. If you’re going to select make sure it matches the line weight you want. For example, you want to catch medium size trout, which requires a line weight of 5, make sure your rod is designed for line weight 5.
In choosing a reel, it requires the same process in choosing a rod. You just need to match the line weight you want to have. So it all needs to line up. But no worries newbie, manufacturers nowadays have a rod and reel combination. So it saves you the time of choosing a reel because it already comes with the rod.
Different fishing environments call for different types of lines. The WF Taper Line has additional thickness and weight in the first 10 yards and tapers down to a thinner diameter. This is the recommended line for beginners because it is easy to cast.
4. Backing Line, Leader, Tippet
Once you get your line, you’re gonna need to set it up properly. The backing line is the first line on the spool, this is useful against stronger fish. Next is the fly line itself, then the leader that is the transparent line that prevents the fly line from being seen. Then last on your set up is the tippet where the fly is attached.
5. Fly Fishing Nets
It is really difficult to land a large fish without a net. A net is important especially for a catch and release types of fishing like fly fishing. Catching the fish in the net and removing the hook is much easier than trying to beach the fish and then remove the hook. In selecting a rod, you might want to select something that is lightweight because this will be attached to your vest most of the time.
Choosing flies all depends on the species you want to catch. A few classic patterns are enough for a beginner.
Fishing during the summer can take its toll on your body. Having a hat not only helps you prevent heatstroke and sunburn, it can also help you sunglasses perform better.
8. Polarized Sunglasses
This makes sense because they provide protection for the eyes during a long sunny day fishing.
Now that you have the essential gear for fly fishing, head on down to your local pond/river/lake. Start with these gear and you will get an idea of what other things you need as you progress.