Fly-Fishing Gear for Beginners

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A beginner fly fisher needs a fly rod, reel, fly line setup (backing, line, leader, tippet), a few flies, and a good pair of polarized sunglassesOur Clearwater and Encounter series fly rod outfits come with a reel, fly line, and backing. Our Vermont designers refuse to cut corners on these value-priced fly rods—each model boasts impressive performance features to help the beginner enjoy success on the water.

For a first fly-fishing trip, you’ll need appropriate fishing clothing and footwear for the conditions, gear (if you aren’t going with a guide service), and a well-designed fishing sling pack to keep necessities within reach. Learn how to pack for a fly-fishing adventure, whether you’re headed to the Montana mountains or the tropics of Mexico.

We recommend a 5-weight, 9-foot fly rod for beginners. It’s versatile, manageable, and works well for trout and bass.

Essentials for the Fly-Fishing Beginner

Find essential fly-fishing gear for beginners at Orvis, from Clearwater waders and fly rods to sling packs, wading boots, and must-have fishing flies. Explore the entire collection to find everything you need to get started—if you’ve always wanted to try fly fishing but were daunted by the array of equipment offerings, you’ll perhaps be pleasantly surprised to discover the budget-friendly options we include here. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the beginner’s fishing gear shopping list in a selection that offers everything you need to start casting. We include reasonably priced fly rod combos, ideal for the novice angler. Choose a new fly rod and then browse options for carrying your kit: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better fishing pack than the Orvis fly-fishing sling pack, designed for all-day comfort, and engineered with plenty of thoughtful features, including a unique zinger and tool attachment system, a water bottle holder, a roomy main storage pocket, and a fly-drying patch. Choose the sling pack alone or the fully loaded bag. Or, go minimalist and add a lanyard to your fishing kit to enjoy efficiency and convenience—the loaded option includes forceps, nippers, tippet, and more. Find affordable accessories to complete your fly-fishing startup kit, including strike indicators, a floating fly box outfitted with our bestselling trout fly assortment, and other fishing essentials.

We also offer the beginner enthusiast fly-fishing resources packed with helpful advice—our books reflect the wisdom of knowledgeable guides, including longtime fly-fishing mentor and author Tom Rosenbauer. Our heritage reflects a sporting legacy over a century and a half in the making: We know fly fishing—trust Orvis for everything you need to start casting, and then get out on the water to see why so many find this pastime so satisfying.