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Fly Fishing Essentials for Beginners

Looking for a new hobby?  Try out fly fishing this year!  The first thing you’ll need to acquire is the equipment needed for a successful fishing excursion and a taste for adventure.  Not entirely sure what you’ll want to have with you on the water?  Check out this list of gear you should grab on your way to the river.

Fly Rod

Designated much differently than the standard fishing pole, a fly fishing rod is the most necessary for your outing.  Fly rods are categorized by weight, and that weight refers to the size of line that matches the rod. The larger the fish desired, the larger the line required.  Choosing a rod is not all that different from choosing a standard fishing rod since you’ll base it off what fish you are trying to catch.

Fly Reel

As a general rule, your fly rod and fly reel weights should match.  This means if you have a 7-weight bass rod, you’ll want a 7-weight reel to go along with it.  The easiest way to go might be a fly-fishing rod and reel outfit that you can buy, as it is already rigged up and ready to go.

Fly Line

There are a few things to consider when choosing the correct fly line to put on your reel.  You will mostly want to consider fly line weight, matching your reel and rod.  Taper and density are important factors as well.  The line taper will help you cast more efficiently, and line density will affect how your line behaves on the water.  Floating lines with weight-forward tapers are the best choice for beginners since they are easier to cast.



If you are new to fly fishing, you should keep this key item simple and just use a few versatile fly patterns.  Woolly Bugger, Clouser Deep Minnow, and Dahlberg Diver are generally the most effective patterns when fishing for a variety species. You can also buy fly tying equipment and learn how to tie your own flies.

Line Nippers

If you’re wanting smooth, clean cuts in your leader or tippet, invest in some line nippers prior to your excursion.  The most common line nippers are created with machined aluminum or stainless-steel jaws, and you may want to get a pair that comes with a built-in needle for clearing obstructed hook eyes.  When tying, the built-in needle can be used to clear head cement or excess fly material from hook eyes.

Hemostats and Landing Nets

Finally, hemostats and a landing net are must haves. While hemostats are most often used for removing flies from hooked fish, they can also be used for crimping down on barbs too.  If you are lucky enough to catch some hearty fish, a good landing net is essential. A rubberized or silicone landing net will come in handy when it is time to safely catch and release your fish. Rubberized nets are the best choice from a conservation standpoint as they help to keep the slime coat on the fish intact.

Seem a little overwhelming?  Let our experienced guides show you the ropes this year and come on a fishing trip with Fly Fishing Colorado!


*Featured image courtesy of 5280 Magazine.


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