Choosing the right gear is important in any sport, but especially in fly fishing. As a novice angler, sometimes gear can be confusing, overwhelming, and difficult to navigate. If you're looking for essential fly fishing gear for beginners, we have a comprehensive guide you can find here.
Once you have your rod and reel picked out (click here for beginner fly rod advice and here for advice on choosing a fly reel), you're going to need a fly line. This post is designed to give you the tools to choose the fly line that will work best for you.
Next, consider which fly rod you have. The best fly line for a particular rod differs based on rod action. If you're confused about fly rod action, watch this YouTube video about fly rod action explained.
Of course, refer back to bullet point #1 in 'The Basics' on this one, too.
As a beginner angler, you may not want to spend $130 on the high-end fly lines. I'll let you in on a little secret here... you don't have to. While the more expensive lines are great for technical scenarios or anglers who spend every day on the water, there are plenty of quality lines that are much cheaper. Here are some of our favorite affordable fly line series.
Finally, here are some other blog posts that will help you choose the right fly fishing gear to increase your chances of success on the water. And if you know which species you're targeting, our blog is FULL of posts about choosing fly rod/reel/line for a particular target species.
You can always call the shop at (888) 413-5211. We're here to help and we love outfitting entry-level anglers with the gear that fits their needs (and budget). If you prefer email, email us 24/7 at [email protected].