What Do You Need to Get Started With Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable pastime. It offers a unique experience that can’t be found with other types of fishing, and it can be enjoyed in a wide variety of settings.

From rivers to lakes, fly-fishing is an excellent way to relax and take in the beauty of nature. If you’re thinking about getting into fly-fishing, there are a few things you’ll need to get started.

Rod and Reel

The most important piece of equipment you’ll need is a rod and reel. Fly rods are typically longer than traditional fishing rods and have smaller guides, which are designed to help the line travel smoothly through the guides.

Fly reels also differ from traditional reels in that they do not contain a spool but instead feature a large arbor design to help store extra line. When selecting your rod and reel, it’s important to consider the type of fish you’ll be Targeting as well as the type of water you’ll be fishing in.

Fly Line

Fly lines come in different weights that are suited for different types of fish and environments. Weight forward lines are great for casting long distances, while double taper lines offer more control when casting close to shore or into small pockets of water. It’s important to select the right line weight for your conditions so you can more accurately cast your flies.


When it comes to flies, there is an endless selection available. Dry flies float on top of the water while wet flies sink beneath the surface.

Nymphs imitate aquatic insects while streamers imitate baitfish. There are also terrestrials such as grasshoppers or ants that imitate land-based insects. The type of fly you choose should depend on what type of fish you’re Targeting.


Tippet is used to attach flies to your leader and allows for greater flexibility when casting your flies. Tippet comes in different diameters from 0x (the thickest) to 8x (the thinnest). The thicker tippet is best for larger fish while thinner tippet works better with smaller fish.


Waders can be very useful when fly-fishing as they provide protection from cold water or sharp rocks. There are various styles available including wading boots, hip waders, chest waders and waist waders; each offering their own advantages depending on where you’re fishing.


To get started with fly fishing, you will need a rod & reel combination suitable for the type of environment & species you plan on Targeting; appropriate line weight; various types of flies; tippet; and waders if desired.


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Emma Gibson