How to Choose Fly Fishing Equipment


Fishing has been a popular sport for all ages for generations. There’s nothing quite like luring a fish, snagging it, reeling in it, cooking it and eating a tasty fresh fish meal. Add to that the gurgles of a stream, and the aroma of clean, fresh air, and you’ve got a perfect break from the stresses of the everyday world. Lately, one particular type of fishing has become exceedingly popular: fly fishing. To achieve the perfect fly fishing experience, you need the right type of equipment.


As the popularity of fly fishing sport has grown, so has the availability of its gear. That means that there are a lot of pieces of equipment out there for sale, which can be a bit overwhelming. Just focus on the basics and you’ll find the gear you need to truly enjoy this sport.


Basic Gear for Fly Fishing


The Rod

First and foremost, you need the right fishing rod. Without the right rod, the rest of the gear is meaningless. In the beginning, flexible fly fishing rods were made from sturdy wood. Next came treated and reinforced bamboo rods. Bamboo was a step up from the original wooden rods and increased the quality of the fishing experience. The most recent advance in materials is carbon fiber, or fiberglass.


Rods made for fly fishing are heavier than the normal fishing rods. Fiberglass gives weight to the rod, while still maintaining flexibility. The additional weight also gives the rod a smooth and clean cast. When selecting your rod, be aware that the smoothness of the cast can vary from rod to rod.


The Fishing Reel

As with the rods, fly fishing reels are larger and heavier than a normal fishing reel. They are also more durable. These reels possess a distinctive design which allows it to work in unison with the rod. This means that the rod and the reel must be compatible with other. This factor is much more important in fly fishing than in normal fishing. When you decide to purchase your gear, it would be wise to buy the rod and the reel at the same time. If that isn’t possible, then take your rod with you when you buy the reel. That way you can ensure they will work together as one unit.


The Fly

The most important piece of fly fishing equipment is also the tiniest, the replicated fly. Selecting a fly can be difficult. First, there is a huge selection of flies from which to choose. Second, different flies are designed to catch different types of fish. Before you purchase your flies, you must know what type of fish you want to catch. Otherwise, instead of the perfect break from stress described above, you’ll just get frustrated.


The Clothes

Okay, clothes aren’t really important in fly fishing, anything comfortable will do. Remember though, that you may be wading out into cold water, so buy yourself a good set of rubber waders. You’ll enjoy the experience more if you’re dry and warm.


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