Fly Fishing Equipment List

Fly Fishing Equipment List

Fly fishing is no simple task. Many consider it a form of art, as it requires a deep understanding of the way the sport works and an intricate level of skill and precision toward executing the task. But despite some of the difficulties of fly fishing, with the right equipment, even a beginner angler can find success on the water and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Fly Fishing Equipment

Fly Fishing Equipment

It’s essential to carry the right equipment for the type of fly fishing in which you are choosing to partake, which can make the list of equipment quite complicated. But have no fear! This list will cover the essentials for successful fly fishing, from the tools to the clothing, and fully prepare you to embark on your fly fishing journey. However, it is important to note that many of the pieces of equipment have individual variations specific to the type of fish or body of water you are fly fishing on. So just make sure you are obtaining the correct version of each piece of equipment.


If you choose to pass on the waders or choose a pair of waders that do not include integrated boots, it is important to purchase a pair of waterproof boots capable of being completely submerged. Fortunately, there are boots designed specifically for fly fishing and wading, typically ranging in price from $80 to $200.

Fishing Net

Having the right fishing net can make the process of approaching and landing fish easier for the angler and the fish. Depending on the speicies you are fishing for, fishing nets vary in material, size, and weight, with certain plastic nets even containing properties to make the net look invisible in the water, which can help to calm the fish.


Fly fishing is based around the concept of disguising the end of the fishing hook with the common insect “flies” of the natural environment as a form of lure bait. To successfully fly fish, you will need a wide assortment of flies. The type of fly you use depends on the type of water on which you are fishing and the fish you are trying to attract. Flies can be purchased individually, in sets, or in fly fishing equipment packages. Each individual fly should cost no more than a dollar each.

Fly Box

With an abundance of flies which can be separated into different insect types, shapes, and sizes for different types of fly fishing, organization and storage of these flies can be an issue. It is recommended to purchase a fly box to help hold and store your flies and allow for organization of these flies by type and size. These boxes are relatively inexpensive, but depending on the material and size of the box prices may range between $5 to $30.

Fly Line

The fly line is the backbone of fly fishing as the tool that connects the rod and reel with the fly and hook. There are various fly lines, distinguished by the line’s weight and thickness, to serve different angling techniques and desired fish sizes. However, the fly line is just one of the components that make up the entirety of the fly line, which contains three additional components that when put together make the fly line such a critical piece of fly fishing. Each equipment component can be individually purchased or as a part of a fly fishing package.


Fly line backing is an undervalued yet critical piece of equipment that hides inside the fly reel and serves to attach the reel to the fly line. The backing also adds additional length to the fly line itself if needed (backup line), and this additional length pushes the fly line to the perimeter of the reel which allows for each initial turn of the reel to cover more ground. 


The leader line is the fly line component that gradually tapers in thickness and connects the thick fly line to the thin tippet. The leader line helps to disguise the fly and the tippet from the fish, and plays an important role in the casting of the fly, transferring energy from the fly line to the fly. Choosing the right leader line is instrumental in determining the accuracy and success of the cast.


The tippet line is the thin line connecting the leader line to the fly. The tippet must be extremely thin to help disguise the fly and make the fly line indistinguishable to the fish. However, your line is only as strong as your tippet, and fly fishing for larger fish requires stronger and thicker tippets.

Fly Reel

The Fly Reel is a spool that attaches to the fly rod and is the main feature used during the act of physically reeling in the fish. These reels vary in type, depending on specific angling features like drag, and should be compatible with the type of fly line being used. The reel helps to balance the fly rod while reeling, and its weight should be compatible with the weight of the rod and the size of the desired fish. Reels can be purchased in fly fishing packages but also individually purchased at prices ranging between $30 to $200.

Fly Rod

Fly rods may be the main piece of equipment for fly fishing, with a wide variety of rods specific to the details of your fly fishing experience. Rods generally vary by weight, with certain rods being better for certain types of fish and angling techniques. Focus on details specific to your fly fishing experience, as you should give great thought and consideration before selecting your rod. Generally, the larger the fish you are targeting, the larger the rod, and depending on the weight and classification of the fly rod, rods can vary in price, and can be purchased individually or in fly fishing packages.


Having a multitool on hand can make the tedious processes of fly fishing much easier for the angler. From cutting the fly line to removing the hook, having a good quality multitool makes these tasks quicker and more efficient.

Rod Case

The rod case is another essential piece of fly fishing equipment when it comes to storage for other pieces of equipment. The rod case can hold most of your fly fishing gear in addition to the rod itself, including the reel, the fly box, and most other essential accessories. Rod cases can be purchased as a part of a fly fishing equipment package or individually, typically at a price between $20 and $60.


In terms of the proper clothing for your fly fishing adventures, it is recommended that you obtain a pair of waders. Most fly fishing is done while the lower half of your body is submerged, and waders will keep the lower half of your body warm and dry. Some waders come with an integrated pair of rubber boots, simplifying the number of clothing purchases you will need.Waders can vary in price, but a good pair of waders are priced between $50 and $100.