Fly Fishing Equipment For Beginners

White river brown trout


White river brown trout

White River Brown

If you are looking for fly fishing equipment for beginners, how do you know what to look for, how do you know what you need and how do you know if it’s worth the money? It’s never easy when deciding on products that you are not familiar with and may not know much about.

Experience helps

Our crew has been fly fishing for over thirty years and we have, through trial and error, made mistakes, we have made good choices and bad choices when purchasing equipment. We would like to think that with all of our good or bad purchase decisions, throughout the years, we have been able to figure out what are the best choices when making purchases. Sometimes we suggest the safe choices and sometimes we encourage the most practical choices but as we do our research and testing and reviews we always try to think about the early years and how we could have made better decisions, how we could have stretched our budget and what we would have done differently to get great equipment for the best value.

What We Offer

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned angler, whether you are looking for equipment for a spouse, getting equipment for your kids or anyone that is looking to fish, then we think we can help you out.

The reason for our site is to help educate and simplify what is needed to get started in the great sport of fly fishing. Its our goal to help make it easier to understand what is needed, what is not needed,  as well as what it just fun to have, regarding fishing equipment.

Rods and ReelsFly rods

To get started fishing you will first need a fly rod and reel. This can be the most overwhelming area in all of fly fishing. There are so many choices out there, so many different types of rods and reels, including sizes and weights as well as brands. A rod can range from $100.00 up to $1000.00 and that doesn’t include the reel, fly line and tippet needed to get started fishing.

That’s why we think that as a beginner the best choice to make for your first purchase is a fly rod and reel combo. The reason for this suggestion is that when a manufacture suggest a rod and reel together they have taken the time and used their knowledge to pair them together and compliment each other. They also usually take the time to include fly line that is a perfect fit for the rod and reel that is included,  If you think about it that is key, they have taken a lot of time and effort to take all of the guesswork out of it for you. As a beginner this is something that should not be overlooked. Its also a good idea to take a look at the warranty that may be available for each manufacturer.

We like to look for fly fishing rod and reel combos that are put together by reputable rod builders and that include not only a rod and reel but fly line, tippet and hopefully some nice extras. You can check out our fly fishing kits suggestions by clicking here. Fly Fishing Combos.

Wading bootsWading boots

The second thing you will want to look at is wading boots. Although it is not completely necessary as a beginner to purchase boots right out of the gate, at one point as you go down the fly fishing road you will certainly want to add wading boots to your arsenal. Wading boots will help you navigate those slippery river bottoms as well as help to protect your precious feet and ankles, below the water’s surface. Manufactures have come a long way over the years and if you don’t go with the cheapest out there and stick with the quality boot builders it’s hard to go wrong. The biggest decision you may have to make is what type of soles that are going to be best for you. Most boots have choices between felt soles or rubber soles, they also come with an option to add studs to the felt or the rubber. There is a company out there, check out Korkers wading boots, that makes interchangeable soles which lets you have one boot with many different soles. This is a great way to get what you need in one boot. Visit Wading Boots for our recommendations.


Fishing waders are the next step but make no mistake it will not be the last thing you want if you continue in your fly fishing journey. There are many different thoughts about what type of wader you will need as a beginner. It really comes down to the commitment of the angler when deciding on what type of wader to purchase. We of course always like to stick with reputable companies, when suggesting any fly gear. Companies that take pride in their products are usually the best choice. If you are a beginner that may only fish with waders a handful of times a year then it may be best to pick a wader on the lower end of the cost scale. If you pick a wader for around $100.00 your not really breaking the bank and if they last a couple years, well that’s economical and when you decide to upgrade you will feel like you got your money’s worth. If you are going to be using waders more than a handful of times a year then It’s in your best interest to look at a mid entry wader. A mid entry wader will offer better construction and will last longer than an entry level wader. If you are serious and really want to take the leap and commit to fly fishing then by all means take a look at the higher grade wader. The higher end waders have great construction, as well as all the bells and whistles that come in handy while on the water. Take a look at Fishing Waders for our suggestions.

Fishing accessoriesFishing accessories

Polarized sunglasses. It’s important to take eye protection seriously. A good pair of sunglasses with side guards can be the difference when keeping your eyes safe from casting mishaps. Choose polarized lenses they cut down the sun’s glare off the water and help the angler see below the water’s surface. This is important while trying to stalk fish.

Fishing net. A good fishing net makes all the difference when trying to land that trophy fish. Make sure you choose a net that is made of soft rubber or vinyl. The netting material is important to the fish, the soft rubber or vinyl helps prevent the removal of the fish’s protective mucus coating.

Fishing jacket. It’s always nice to have a good “go to” waterproof fishing jacket. There are many out there but it’s a good idea to choose one with a built in hood, lightweight and breathable with  lots of pockets.

Chest pack. A nice chest pack has pockets for all your fly boxes, tippet material, gloves, water bottle or whatever you need to carry. Most also have a back storage area for a fishing jacket as well as a built in hook to store your fishing net.

Go bag.  A go bag or duffle bag is a great way to store your boots, waders, net, fishing jacket and fishing vest along with anything else you like to take on a fishing trip. It makes it nice because it’s all stored in one neat place. Look for something that is waterproof and something you can easily take a hose to if needed. Take a look at our Accessory page for more information and great tips.

So if you have any questions regarding fly fishing equipment for beginners, check out our site or leave a question below.






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