Fly Fishing Gear

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Fly Fishing equipment is advanced and materials are high-tech and ultra light weight. Fly rods are tools of exacting precision, and the correct rod for a specific set of conditions can easily be as much as 50% of the formula for success. Reels, lines, leaders and tippets, as well as the myriad of other gadgets and tools used, can be intimidating and confusing.

There are many other pieces of gear that are not necessary to go fly fishing but that can greatly improve your time spent on the water.

  • Waders – Made of lightweight, breathable materials or neoprene, these keep you comfortable and safe in a wide variety of weather conditions.
  • Vest – An efficient means of carrying all of the necessities while maintaining freedom of movement required for casting.
  • Net – To practice catch and release effectively, a landing net is often required depending on the types of species being pursued. These can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Reel – The reel should balance with the rod and be able to hold enough line for the species you’re after. Bigger reels for bigger fish!
  • Boots – A good pair of wading boots will keep you comfortable all day and keep you safe while in and out of the water. Felt is standard on the soles as it will grip slippery underwater rocks and gravel.

Many other accessories are available and all have their own unique purpose. Anglers must decide which items are appropriate for each type of fishing they will pursue.

Our equipment section has links to fly fishing equipment manufacturers that can be sorted by fly rod, fly reel, or fly line manufacturer. Use the links to get information on your current equipment or discover some alternatives when considering fly fishing equipment purchases.

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