Fly Fishing Gear For Beginners


Fishing Gear Essentials

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.

Fly Fishing Gear For Beginners
Tailwater Outfitters Toccoa Fly Rod: High Performance 4 Piece, Fast Action IM8 Graphite with Rod Tube

2. Reel

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.

Fly Fishing Gear For Beginners
Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body 5/6

3. Line  

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. 

Fly Fishing Gear For Beginners
Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Line with Welded Loop Weight Forward Floating Fly Line

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.

Fly Fishing Gear For Beginners
AnglerDream WF Fly Fishing Line Kit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9WT Fly Fishing Line Leader Braided Backing Fish Line

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. 

SF Fly Fishing Landing Net Soft Rubber Mesh Trout Net Catch and Release Net

6. Flies

Choosing flies all depends on the species you want to catch. A few classic patterns are enough for a beginner.

Piscifun Dry Flies/Wet Flies Fly Fishing Flies Kit Bass Salmon Trouts Flies Floating/Sinking Assortment with Fly Box

7. Hats

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. 

LETHMIK Fishing Sun Boonie Hat Waterproof Summer UV Protection Safari Cap Outdoor Hunting Hat

8. Polarized Sunglasses

This makes sense because they provide protection for the eyes during a long sunny day fishing.


TOREGE Polarized Sports Sunglasses with 5 Interchangeable Lens for Men Women Cycling Running Driving Fishing Golf Baseball Glasses TR002

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.

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