When you’re just starting out fly fishing, it can be incredibly overwhelming to wade through all of the gear options out there. You could spend hours or (more likely) days doing your research and finding all of the gear you need to get started. Rod and reel, waders, boots, net, all of the accessories… Luckily we found this incredible beginner fly fishing kit that takes care of the tough thinking for you. The only thing you’ll have left to buy is a pack to organize all of your new gear.
There’s not a whole lot else you’ll need after this…
So What Makes this the Best Beginner’s Kit Ever?
Hopefully you’ve read our article on getting started fly fishing, but if not, there are a few essential pieces of gear you need to get out there and start hooking up your own massive trout. This kit covers just about all of it. Everyone has a different (and not always bad) piece of advice to give. There are a lot of places you can look to in order to get set up the right way, and purchased separately, you would be looking at $700 or more for all of this gear. This is one package that takes the guess-work out of it and really puts it all in one place for you at a great value.
A Great Rod and Reel Combo.
9 feet, 5 weight, 4 pieces.
There’s a reason these specs make for the perfect beginners rod and reel. 9 feet is the perfect rod to start with because not only does it give you the versatility to experiment with different flies, streamers, or nymph rigs, but you won’t be limiting your casting distance like you would by opting for a shorter rod length. A 5 weight rod will handle all of the trout you can muster (we fish in the Rockies – if you’re going primarily for Sockeye in Washington or BC, you can opt for a 7 or 8 weight.) Choose the 4 piece rod over the 2 piece because you’ll be able to pack it in and out of anywhere. It comes with a hard Cordura case, and you’ll never miss a fishing opportunity, no matter where your feet might take you.
Top-Notch Entry-Level Waders.
The Orvis Encounter Series Waders.
We’ve sung the praises of Orvis’ 100% satisfaction guarantee enough on this site. That aside, these entry-level waders are a step of above the rest and feature a multi-layer shell for added durability as well as a kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket to keep your hands warm on those chillier days. Throw in the standard gravel guards to slip over your new wading boots (included in the package) and you’re good to go. Did we mention the 100% satisfaction guarantee?!
Wading Boots to Boot!
Always go with the Vibram soles.
Now, as we’ve said before, as far as pricing goes, spending extra money doesn’t get you as far when it comes to boots, but toss in that 100% guarantee that Ovris is renowned for an we’re in. Boots will give you that extra grip when you’re moving through the river, but spending $100 extra isn’t going to do you much good. These boots come with either felt bottoms or a rubber Vibram sole – go with the Vibram sole. Felt not only wears out quicker, but if you’re fishing many different places, you could be lugging invasive mussels or parasites from fishing spot to fishing spot.
What Extras Do You Get?
This is the only beginner fly fishing kit we came across that truly gives you everything you need to get out on the water. Rod and reel, waders, and boots – now what? 1) First off, you’ll need a net. You aren’t going to be able to grab these slippery fish with your bare hands. This kit comes with a Streamside fine-mesh net – coated to go extra-easy on sensitive trout. 2) Hemostats?! Hemostat is a fancy name for a tweezer (think of them as scissors that squeeze, not cut) that you can just pinch back on to your pack or vest when your not using them. 3) Nips (think nail clipppers) to cut your line or tippet when you need to adjust anything.
This beginners fly fishing kit includes all of these basics, AND they throw in a dozen flies for whatever you might be fishing for – bonefish, bass, trout, etc. They even throw you (3) three leaders and a spool of tippet along with everything else. For dry flies, you may need to pick up some floatant (we recommend Loon Floatant) and if you’re planning on nymphing, some weights. Other than that, this is hands down the best beginners fly fishing kit we’ve ever come across, and if you’re looking to get into fly fishing, this is your one-stop-shop.
Give Credit to the Guys who Made this Possible:
Once you’ve ordered your set-up, you’ll need to let the amazing guys over at Reelflyrod.com know what you’re looking for. You’ll just need to let them know of a few options you’d like. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know your personal specs. Be sure to include your name and Amazon order number.
- A 5-weight, 9 foot fly rod
- Left or Right hand retrieve (if you’re right handed, you’ll be retrieving with your left hand)
- You wader size – S/M/L, and if you’re overly short or tall, specify that too.
- Boot Size, and Sole. Your shoe size, and VIBRAM soles.
- Choose 12 Flies – Just specify Trout, Salmon, Bass or Redfish.
These great guys will make sure you are absolutely taken care of. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com and we are happy to help with whatever advice or guidance you need to get on the river as well! Choosing a beginner fly fishing kit should be a simple choice – let us know if we can help in any way.
Again, if you have any questions, email us at any time and we’ll get back to you the same day. Gearonthefly.firstname.lastname@example.org.