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What You Need To Start Fly Fishing

Monday, 28 September 2015  |  Admin

If you’re new to the art of fly fishing and don’t know your carp flies from your trout lures, have a read of this quick guide to the equipment you’ll need to invest in, from fly fishing clothing to rods and reels.


First of all, you need to invest in the right kind of rod for you. Five-weights are perhaps the most versatile so would be a good place to start.


There are lots to choose from so consider what type of fish you’ll likely be going for the most. For example, if you want to catch salmon the reel will have to have enough capacity to hold sufficient backing and a speycasting line.


You need to have room to backcast when you fly fish so standing on the bank often isn’t an option. Sometimes, you have to get in the water. Get yourself some waterproof waders so you can go in the river if you need to.

Wading boots

These typically come with felt soles so you can stand on the rocks without slipping.


Go for a floating line if you’re just starting out as these are easier to cast.


You’ll need some backing, which attaches the casting line to the reel. This stops the fly line from wrapping tightly around the reel.

Fly box

Make sure you have one of these to keep your flies in. Otherwise it’s very easy to lose them as they’re so small. Make sure it can keep them all secure – if you drop the box, flies will go everywhere.

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