What Do You Need to Get Into Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a popular sport that requires careful technique and practice. It involves anglers using a rod and line to cast an artificial fly onto the water’s surface. The fly imitates an insect or other food source that fish are drawn to, so when your line lands on the water, it’s very likely that a fish will take the bait. To get into fly fishing, there are some essential items you’ll need.

Rod and Reel:

The first item you’ll need is a rod and reel. You can find these items at any sporting goods store or online. Fly rods come in a variety of lengths and weights, so be sure to select the right one for your height and the type of fishing you plan to do. A good place to start is with an 8-foot rod with a medium-light weight.

Fly Line:

Your next purchase should be a fly line that matches your rod in both length and weight. Fly lines come in different colors, sizes, and tapers, depending on your preferences. Be sure to select a line that is easy to cast and will hold up over time.


You’ll also need flies in order to catch fish. These come in different styles for different types of fish, so research what type of fish you plan on catching before purchasing any flies. You can buy them at most sporting goods stores or online.


A leader is the thin piece of monofilament or fluorocarbon line that connects your fly line to the fly itself. Leaders come in various lengths, strengths, and tapers depending on what type of fishing you plan to do.

Other Gear:

In addition to these items, there are other pieces of gear you may want for fly fishing such as waders for protection from cold water, polarized sunglasses for better visibility underwater, forceps for removing hooks from caught fish safely without getting hurt yourself, nippers for trimming tippets and leaders when needed.


To get into fly fishing all you need is a rod and reel combo matched with the right length and weight of fly line; flies that match your type of fish; leaders; waders; polarized sunglasses; forceps; nippers; etc.. Fly fishing is an enjoyable sport once you have all the necessary items – so go out there and get started!

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Michael Allen