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We place a lot of stock in products that have been tested by real world anglers. So we’ve sorted all of Amazon’s top selling fly fishing gear by category.
Best Fly Rods
Anglers don’t need to spend top dollar on fly fishing gear and selecting a fly rod is no exception. Nonetheless, as with all cheap gear, cheap fly rods simply do not perform well and can lead to frustration.
Thankfully, an affordable fly rod combo isn’t hard to find and will still provide exceptional performance. Reputable fly rod makers such as Orvis and TFO, Winston or Sage will ensure great performance that will remain practical as an angler gains experience and builds skill.
Manufacturers rate their rods by their weight, which is decidedly a confusing term. The rod weight does not refer to how much the rod actually weighs. Rather to what weight of fly fishing line it is meant to be paired with.
Very small trout or panfish are well suited for rods in 1-3 weight. Rods in 4 weight are also effective for panfish and medium size trout. General purpose rods are those in the 5 and 6 weight varieties. Rods in 7-8 weight are popular for large bass fishing, steelhead, and salmon fishing.
But the capability takes the fun out of even medium size fish. Fly rods in 8 weight as well as 10-12 weight rods are practical for larger species and salt water fishing.
Rods also come in a variety of lengths, but most are 8.5–9 feet long. If you plan on hiking or traveling, a four piece rod will break down much smaller than a 2 piece rod. Read more about how to set up your fly rod here.
Best Fly Fishing Lines
The fly fishing line carries the fly through the air as we cast and presents the fly to the fish. Unlike spin casting, flies do not weigh enough by themselves to carry any momentum. Flies cannot shoot through the air like a heavy lure can.
When we cast a fly, we are really casting the fly line. The momentum of the fly line is what carries the fly. Fly line companies produce three main types of fly lines: floating, sinking, and sinking-tip. Read more here for the full-blown guide on fly fishing lines.
Floating lines help to keep the fly on or near the surface. Whether in rivers and lakes, or the saltwater and surf, floating lines are probably the most dynamic and widely applied of the fly line varieties.
Sinking lines are designed to sink and carry the fly to a desired depth. These lines sink at specific rates as indicated on the manufacturer packaging, and measured in inches per second, or ips.
When fish are feeding at a specific depth this fly fishing line proves very effective. Lakes and ponds are where this type of line is most often used, and with great success.
Sinking-tip lines have a section at the tip of the line that sinks while the rest of the line floats. The tip section usually measures somewhere between 8-20 feet.
Like full sinking line, the sinking-tip sinks at a rate given in inches per second. These lines are used frequently in rivers and moving water, but also in lakes and ponds, and are particularly effective when paired with the right streamer fly.