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If you’ve made the decision to get serious about fly fishing, you’re probably wondering, “What gear do I need to get started?”

Well, look no further, because in this post we’re going to cover the essential fly fishing gear for beginners. Though, notice the word essential. I didn’t say, “everything you’ll ever need for fly fishing”. That’ll be up to you and, fair warning, if you truly get into fly fishing, you may never have enough.

That said, let’s get one thing straight: fly-fishing doesn’t have to be a rich man’s sport. In this post, it’s my goal to get you on your way without busting your budget.

You do not need the latest, most advanced equipment to become a good fly fisher. Once you have the basics in place, focus on getting better at the craft with the equipment you have.

Better equipment does not equal better fisherman.  Better fisherman equals better fisherman, period. Some of the best fly fishermen I know could catch fish on a fly with a willow branch and some kite string.

So, with all that in mind, let’s get started.



You’re going to need weights.


Most anyone who knows anything about fishing understands the concepts of weighting. Depending upon what kind of fly fishing you’re doing, you may need weights to get your fly down to where the fish are feeding. This is known as depth control and is a huge contributor to fly fishing success.


(Note: tune in to future posts to learn about the many different and fascinating types of fly fishing.)


Yes, of course, weights come in different forms, weights, sizes and colors for different conditions and situations. However, our absolute favorite weights are Water Gremlins. They look like little Pac Men and have a pair of butterfly flanges opposite the “mouth” so that they can be added and removed easily.


Get yourself a pack of Bs and a pack of BBs and you’ll be pretty well set for most conditions you’ll face as a beginner.

Furthermore, I’m convinced that fish can sense even the slightest amount of stress emanating from a fly fisherman. Don’t believe me? Try fishing when you have to pee.


Get your license, every time. Make a habit of it. Don’t be an idiot.




Haimen Shi




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