What You Need To Start Fly Fishing
Tuesday, 6 June 2017 | Andy
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. Rods are the starting point for every person starting fly fishing, for beginners mid action rods are often easier to cast, find out more about rod action here. As a simple guide decide what you want to spend on a rod, they vary greatly, then if you are fishing :
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. Always match your reel to your fly rod. For more advice check our full post on fly reel features
Why are polaroid sunglasses required? These are an essential piece of equipment, firstly safety - the glasses stop the fly which whizzes back and forward entering our eyes .....yes it has happened! With a fly passing close to you, your boat partner or anyones eyes, sunglasses are essential. Polarised sunglasses do, of course, also remove the surface glare from the water and allow us to see and target fish with of fishing flies.
Lenses come in polycarbonate or glass lenses and vary tremendously in price. Polycarbonate glasses are usually the lightest. Different shades of lenses are available whith different uses as follows:
Copper Color Lenses: These are general fishing lenses in freshwater ideal “all rounder” for rivers and Stillwater’s alike.
Waders & Wading Boots
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. We can be wading knee deep searching for grayling or waist deep chasing that illusive salmon or trout. Waders are available in different forms, breathable, neoprene and rubber, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Breathable Waders are ideal for fishing! Under your breathable waders you will wear undergarments. Even in winter breathable waders simply add more layers under your waders to keep warm. Layering up with breathable waders means that your investment will be protected and you can use these all year from the hottest summer day to the depths of winter chasing grayling. Neoprene Waders are strong and insulated these keep you warm in the coldest water with their thick layer of neoprene for warmth. Additionally Neoprene has the added advantage of floatability. The small air bubbles trapped in the neoprene help to float the waders.
Wading boots typically come with felt soles or boot soles so you can stand on the rocks without slipping. It is important that you buy wading boots one size larger than your standard shoes. You waders usually have neoprene socks which are large and need room in their boots. Check our range of wading equipment here
There are many different types of fly line, floating, sink or midge tip, intermediate or fast sink. Each have different benefits based on where the fish are in the water. However for a new fly fisherman we usually advise starting with a floating line its easier to cast and also easier to see bites.
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. Fly boxes come in many sizes from small patches that fit on your wastcoat used for storing and drying flies to boxes that fit in the pocket and large fly boxes storing hundreds of flies used when boat fishing.