There is one reason and one reason only why I haven’t really gotten into fly-fishing: I’m afraid I’ll like it too much. To some, that’s not a very good reason. I have many outdoor hobbies and, if fly-fishing becomes one of them, then it will be just another excuse to spend money. However, if you’ve given it a shot and have fallen in love with fly-fishing, I’m here today to highlight some of the basic tackle you’ll need to make sure you start off on the right foot.
Obviously, a rod and a reel are the two most important things you’ll need. Since you’re already interested in pursuing the sport, you’ll definitely want to pick up a quality setup. Worthwhile investments won’t be cheap, with rods starting around $100 and reels a little less than that. Just like any other combo, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting a well-made, durable product, so spending a little extra can’t hurt. Next, you’ll need fly line and backing. Scientific Angler is a great manufacturer and offers several different products for a variety of situations and needs.
Of course, no fly angler’s collection of tackle is complete without flies. Walk into any fly fishing shop and you’ll see hundreds upon hundreds of flies to choose from, ranging in price, style, and size. The motto to go by here is “Match the hatch,” which advises anglers to use flies that reflect the insects in the area. Be prepared to spend a few dollars on each fly, but be sure to pick up a variety. Some retailers offer starter kits with a few different flies to handle different situations and techniques, as well. Picking up a fly box to carry your new arsenal is advised, too, as it makes organization a breeze.
Other useful items include a fly-fishing vest or waist pack, a landing net, and a quality pair of waders. Vests and packs are great for keeping your various items at the ready and conveniently organized for on-the-spot action on the water. Landing nets are extremely handy, as well, as they make securing fish a breeze, especially when you’re standing chest-deep in a river. Waders allow fly anglers to reach spots otherwise inaccessible, but choosing a good pair can be daunting. Check out my recent article on buying waders for an in-depth look on all the styles to choose from.
Fly-fishing is like golf. It’s very relaxing and fun, but it’s also pretty expensive. As you do it more often, you’ll fall into your own groove and tastes and eventually, finding equipment will become more about you and less about conventional purchases. Though, if your interest in the sport has already been peaked, and you’re looking to get more serious about it, then I hope this article will help you find the right tools to ease you into it.