It seems that more and more people are taking to the water these days. Last year, almost 52 million Americans went fly fishing.
Fly fishermen agree that this is one of the best ways to get a sense of achievement and satisfaction during their downtime.
If you’d like to take up this rapidly growing hobby, check out our list of the best fishing gear to improve your odds out there.
Already a fly-fisherman? We bet you didn’t even know you needed some of this stuff – but you do.
1. Waders and Wading Boots
Rods, reels and flies aside, one of the most important things you need to enjoy your fly-fishing is the right clothing.
Waders are a must for those hours standing knee-deep in unknown waters. Not only will they keep your legs warm and dry, but they’ll protect you from scratches and even nibbles.
Be sure to choose Gore-tex or dry-plus fabrics, which are breathable and comfy.
The latest designs in wading boots have flexible metal strips on the soles. This helps you get a grip on the rocks while you’re fighting that big boy.
2. Sun Protection
Always wear a hat and high-factor sunscreen while fishing.
Even when the sun is lurking behind the clouds, it can still scorch you with its nasty UV rays.
Polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from the suns glare on the water and help you fish for longer. They’ll also help you see if there’s anything promising lurking beneath the surface.
While you’re protecting yourself from the great outdoors, insect repellant or a small, personal bug zapper is a great addition to your armory.
3. Fly Fishing Bags
Dedicated bags for your hobby might seem like a needless expense, but once you have them, you’ll never look back.
For starters, you can keep all your best fishing gear packed in one place and ready to go.
Specialized fly fishing bags have a protective compartment for your rods. That way, you won’t arrive at your destination with damaged goods.
A separate bag for wet clothing, waders, and boots keeps the rest of your gear dry.
4. Fishing Journal
Every experienced angler needs a fly fishing journal to make the most of his hobby.
This app lets you keep track of all your best fishing spots, and keep detailed records of what you caught in each place.
You can even take photos of your conquests to prove your expertise to anyone who’ll listen.
5. Waterproof Cases for Your Electronics
Sure you went out into the wilderness to get away from it all, but you do need your mobile phone in case of emergency. You also need it for your fishing journal.
Investing in waterproof cases is a small expense compared to replacing water-damaged equipment.
Find the Best Fishing Gear at a Great Price
Buying second-hand is your best bet for getting high-quality gear with a low price tag. Our classified ads and deals great for finding used equipment.
In many cases, people are selling their rods, reels, and other fishing gear because they’ve upgraded to the latest model.
Classified ads make it easier to pick up quality used goods that are still in perfect working order.
If you don’t see anything you like, you can place an ad of your own asking for what you want. Start today – it’s quick and easy!