Before you choose your outfit think about the following:
Where do you think you will fish most?
- large rivers mainly, with a few smaller streams
- smaller streams mainly, with large rivers occasionally
- larger rivers and lakes
By asking this question you can decide on a 5-wt. or 6-wt. outfit.
For example, if you will be fishing mostly smaller streams and the occasional large river then
choose a 5-wt. which is lighter than a 6-wt.
Outfit weights can be very light, as in a 2-wt or very heavy, as in an 8-wt.
3-wt, 4-wt, - light weight outfits for special circumstances such as a small stream, where delicacy is crucial.
5-wt - this is a versatile outfit. It will work in most situations.
6-wt. - nice for larger rivers and good for nymph and streamer fishing.
7-wt, 8-wt, - these can work well for folks who like to nymph with heavy setups or cast large, weighted streamers.
There are other factors for choosing a fly rod and the easiest way to find the right rod for you is to
take casting lessons first. With some casting experience you'll be able to choose the rod more that casts best for you.
Here are some of our recommendations about tackle for people taking up fly-fishing in western North America.
- Fly Rod - 8 1/2-foot or 9-foot rod for 5-wt or 6-wt line
- Fly Line - Weight forward floating line
- Reel - single action reel (standard, mid or large arbour) that will hold the line plus between 50 and 100 yards of backing.
- Leader - 9-foot 3X leader to start, changing tippet size as circumstances and the fly size dictate
- Waders - Breathable chest or waist-high stocking foot waders
- Wading shoes - felt or rubber soled
- Vest or chest pack - to carry all your stuff
- Stuff - forceps, nipper, split shot, strike indicators 3X, 4X, 5X tippet material, fly floatant, fly boxes
(Posted April 20, 2020)