Tool 1: A Fly Rod
So the first thing you’ll need is a fly rod – there is an extensive range of brands, models and sizes to choose from, so you can find one that’s just right for you. And with some many to choose from there’s no need to break the bank when picking one out. In our opinion the best one to start out with is a rod that is approximately nine feet in length and either a four or a five in weight fly line. For those who aren’t in the know this is what we call an all-around the weight, and it can be used to fish anything from bass to trout – so it’s a pretty good place to kick off your fly fishing hobby.
Tool 2: A Fly Reel
Next up we have the fly reel, this little gadget is going to be of the utmost importance from the minute you start your journey to become a fly fishing master. The basics are what you need to be aware of when purchasing one of these – you’ll need a fly reel that can match the weight of the rod you’ve purchased so it’s advisable to purchase both at the same time, and don’t be shy to ask for a little help if you need it.
Tool 3: Fly Line and Backing
This is one of the most essential pieces of equipment (obviously) as without it you’ll just be a guy with a stick standing on the edge of a large body of water, watching everyone else having a good time and nobody wants to be that guy. There are plenty of different types of fly line from floating and sinking to sink-tip and more. But we would recommend a basic line like weight forward line; this tends to be the easiest one to learn to cast with as the bulk of the line weight is built into the front part of the line. Remember the weight of the line will correspond with the weight of both the rod and the reel. Then we have the backing, which is used for when that fish of a lifetime gobbles up your fly. Since typical fly lines are about 80-90 feet long, your backing will provide you with “extra” or back-up line you can work with and may even help you get your hands on the catch of a lifetime.
Tool 4: Leader and Tippet
This is the “stuff” that connects the end of your fly line to your fly. The purpose of the two parts is to enable you to cast and have your line straighten out by transferring the energy through the line and down to the fly. The leader and tippet are tapered to allow this process to take place.
Tool 5: Flies
And last, but by no means least the flies! A good selection of basic fly patterns is an essential part of you getting started with fly fishing. Luckily you can buy packages that will include a variety of dry flies, nyphms and streamers that will get you off to a good start.
Happy Fly Fishing!