Choosing Equipment

It's all about the right tool for the job.

Fly fishing seems like an intimidating pastime at first. It doesn't have to be. With a few basic skills, you will enjoy many fun and productive hours on the water. Choosing fly tackle can also be confusing and overwhelming. It's not because we want it to be, it's because fly fishers today want choices. They want different price points depending on their budget, but also because today's fly fisher could be chasing anything from a tiny sunfish to a giant sailfish, and be fishing anywhere from a tiny mountain stream in July to a raging steelhead river in December.

Equipment Articles

Eastern Hatch Chart

Hatch chart for eastern trout-stream insects

How To Sharpen A Hook

A really sharp hook is so sticky that many fish hook themselves.

Leader Length

The length of your leader depends on water conditions, not on the length of your fly rod.

Western Hatch Chart

Hatch chart for western trout-stream insects

Choosing Tippet Size

Choosing the right tippet size

Equipment Videos

How do you pick a fly rod? How do know which one is right for you?
Fly lines range from very thin to very thick. This video explains the various sizes for you.
Fly rods are designated by length and line size. What do you need to remember to pick the right rod length?
How To Pick The Right Rod Length
That last important decision with a fly rod is how much to pay. What's the right amount?
A lot of people get confused about the right leader to pick. Here we explain all you need to know.
Basic leader lengths range from four to five different lengths. Here are the explanations.
What is the tippet size and how do you choose?
A quick tip for taking a leader out of its package.
Nylon has a memory and when you uncoil it, it has several annoying coils.
See this real easy way to put your leader on your fly line, without any knots!
It's very easy to change your tippet sizes. It can be confusing for people, but we'll show you how to do it.

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