A lot of anglers love fly fishing because it improves their fishing experience and offers them the opportunity of learning new techniques while having fun and targeting various species. Nevertheless, the gear needed to attempt fly fishing, is quite different from that used for your usual fishing techniques. First and foremost, what makes this method so different from others is that the line plays an important role when you cast, being specially weighted so that you can achieve optimal casts.
The lines used in fly fishing are considerably heavier than the ones used for spin or baitcasting gear. This happens because, as the bait for this technique is very light, a heavy line is needed to perform the casting. Similarly to other fishing methods, the weight of the line must be adapted to your type of rod. There are many ways through which you can achieve a perfect line/rod duo. But, if you’re a beginner, you may want to match them by using same weight items. In addition, make sure your line goes well with the bait you are using.
As a general rule, lines used in fly fishing float and are coated with a range of materials to increase their weight and maintain them above water. However, in some circumstances, you may be in need of a sinking line, used with baits such as nymphs that go underwater. As you can see, choosing a proper line for your beginner’s kit is not simple. Moreover, the fly line is connected to the rod through the leader and tippet that have to be adjusted to the weight of your line too. My advice for novice fly fishermen is to rely on the manufacturer’s choice for their first fly fishing kit. Many brands offer complete packages that include basic rod and reel combos, various lines and simple baits. The difficult part in choosing such a kit is to make the right brand choice. As such, to ensure you get a decent pack, you should check the offer of famous manufacturers and see what the fishing technique they specialize in is.
If you’re not willing to buy a complete package, because you’d like to have more space to choose the gear on your own and according to your preferences, you may acquire the lines and baits separately, but choose a rod and reel combo that you find appropriate for you, as it is more difficult to team up these two in a harmonious combination and efficient combination. Nevertheless, as a general rule, the shaft of the rod varies between 8 and 9 feet long – this being considered the optimal length for fly fishing.
Besides the basic items: baits, reels and rods and lines, fly fishing makes use of an entire range of auxiliary equipment. Clothing, for example, is essential, if you want to fish at all during your trip. An important garment you must keep around, if you want to fly fish are waders that will allow you to get in the water and, thus, be closer to your catch. If you don’t have them, a pair of high waterproof fishing boots can be used as a replacement. If you do get into the water, a waterproof vest with many pockets for gear storage can come in handy (don’t forget to check if the zippers are waterproof as well). You may have a hard time in the beginning in assessing the costs of your entire gear, but you’ll learn how to acquire them at an affordable price when you gain experience. However, your first gear purchase may cost you a pretty penny, if you want to buy everything you need at once and be ready for fishing.