The Gear

In this first video, I briefly describe the 9 pieces of gear that you’re going to want to have to hit the water so as to be prepared to catch trout, and to have a good time.



I.  Rod and Reel

At the bare minimum, you need a fly rod, and a reel with fly line, pictured here:


For rods, I advise that beginners start with either a 9′ 4 weight or 5 weight rod, depending on where they live and are going to be fishing the most.  What’s even better is to buy a preassembled kit containing a rod and a reel wound with backing and line.  Take the guess work out of it and hit the ground wading.


II.  Waders

Unless you live someplace warm and enjoy being a minimalist, you’re going to want waders.  The average water temperature year around where I live is 42 degrees.  Unless it’s a warm day, I will be wearing waders.  There are an assortment of wader types available, but you’ll get the most mileage in a myriad of situations if you buy chest waders, pictured here:



III.  Boots

Boots are required almost all the time, unless of course you’re fishing a lake from shore or maybe on a boat.  Usually a newbie will be better off with felt soled boots as they grip pretty well on most rivers.  Felt boots pictured here:




IV:  Leader and Tippet

Your leader and tippet is what connects your bright colored fly line to the actual fly that you will tempt the trout with.  Leader and tippet both are clear in color, so as to be invisible to the fish.  From the reel to the end of the fly rod, the sequence is fly line, leader, and finally tippet.  This image illustrates the concept nicely:




V.  Flies

We’re not going to get into the specifics of flies in this lesson, however you will need flies to catch fish!


Alaska. Open tackle box with coho flies.


VI.  Net

Although a net is somewhat optional, I advise that you have one.  Why?  Simply put, it’s easier on the fish if you have one, and one with a good rubber net.




VII.  Tippet

You’ll tie tippet onto the end of your leader usually, and tie your flies to tippet.




VIII.  Hemostats

Hemostats serve multiple purposes.  They’re great for handling really small flies, and also are really awesome for getting those smaller flies out of a trout mouth.




IX.  Nippers

Lastly, you need nippers.  Why?  To trim the excess leader and tippet at your knots.

nippersThat’s it.  That’s all you need, gear-wise, to start catching trout.  After the next short lesson, we’ll get started on how exactly we’re going to pull it all together so you can dominate on the stream.

Next Lesson:  The Gear – Putting It All Together.