We often hear, “I’d really like to get into fly fishing, but it’s just too dang expensive.” There is some merit to this as the start-up cost is significantly more than a bait-cast pole, hooks, and a tub of worms from your local Walmart.
Sure, you could blow $2000 on "the latest and greatest" gear, however we are here to tell you it's overkill for someone just getting into the sport.
Below you will find two different lists. THE NEEDS is gear that you absolutely "need" to start fly fishing. THE WANTS are a few extras that make fly fishing less troublesome and easier. As we will see, you could get started with a set of high-quality gear for just $350.
Before you’re tempted to complain about that price, let’s compare it with a few other hobbies.
A starter golf club set will cost you $200 to $300. This doesn’t include green fees, golf balls, or shoes! A decent pair of skis and boots will cost about $300 to $500. Don’t forget to add on lift tickets and warm clothing. Hunting can also get pricey in a hurry. A standard Remington or Winchester rifle is in the ballpark of $450. Add on a mediocre scope and you're looking at the mid $600’s.
That being said, fly fishing is reasonably priced. We are here to help you avoid excess costs and get the best bang for your buck.