If you’re certain you’re going to become a lifelong fly fisher you can purchase all the above equipment, but other anglers might want to avoid cashing out on a hobby they might not like. You can choose to purchase all the equipment above brand new, concentrate your money on important items like a rod and reel, or try these alternatives to getting started.
Used Equipment – Sporting goods stores, Craigslist, and NextDoor, are great places to scout for used (and cheaper) fly fishing equipment. It’s not recommended to purchase a used rod or reel but everything else should work fine for an angler even if slightly used.
Renting – Many fly fishing outfits near popular fishing destinations offer guided tours with equipment or offer beginner rental packages that include a rod, reel, waders, and more depending on the spot and store. Rental packages run anywhere from around $50 for a basic package up to several hundred (or even thousand) for a full day guided trip. If you can afford it, taking a guided trip first is recommended for rookie anglers.
Getting the Basics with River Fly Fishing
River Fly Fishing is all about getting more people fishing and we believe the above equipment is a great start. Check out our other beginner blogs, get yourself outfitted, and reach out to us with any other questions about starting fishing. The sooner you have your equipment in hand, the sooner you’ll be writing your own fishing story.