I am the oldest of three daughters born to an avid, Montana fly fisherman. Since it was just we three girls, fly fishing is something that we learned young and learned to love. There is no better place to fly fish than Montana and I envy my sisters their easy ability to do just that. However, I live far away and have to live vicariously, weeping every time I plug “A River Runs Through It” into the DVD player, so that I can “go home.”
Back then, all that you really need to go fly fishing was a rod and reel, flies, and a box. Sure, you could get some hip waders, but bare legs in the summer dry fast, as do wet tennis shoes and shorts. Of course, these days most everything is about the gear, and keeping it simple isn’t that simple anymore. Doing the research for this article I came to find that fly fishing gear costs a whole lot of money, so I suspect that I’d still be out there in shorts and tennis shoes. However, if you have a bit more money and want to get the extras, you can do that and keep to a budget, as well. Here are some great deals that I found online.
After looking at numerous sites that offer discounted fly fishing gear, I came upon www.flyshopcloseouts.com. This is a site dedicated to the fly fisherman on a budget. Offering greatly discounted, brand name, closeout fly fishing gear, someone new, or returning, to fly fishing could get set without breaking the bank. These are my picks for five fly fishing essentials.
Rod and Reel
The Orvis Zero Gravity Rod is a beauty to behold. My choice is the rod and reel outfit, though you can by the rod as a stand alone unit. The Zero Gravity Rod Outfit comes complete with a Lamson Radius Mid Arbor Reel with line and backing for 4 and 5 lb weights. This 4 piece rod promises to make you casting more accurate and powerful–your best cast made better. Tip: Look out for little sisters and such standing behind you, as those hook accidents take a lot of fun out the a day fishing. You can choose a 9′ rod with a 5 pound weigh, or an 8′ rod with a 4 pound weight, easier for a woman fly fisherman. Both come in right hand retrieve or left handed.
The Radius Mid Arbor Reel 1.5 reel is a top quality reel at a mid 100 dollar, budget price. This reel is zero maintenance and high performance. Fly Shop Closeouts will add a forward weight and a floating fly line to this outfit for you. This rod and reel outfit is priced at $498.99, a 43% savings from the original cost of $875. An amazing rod and reel at an equally amazing price!
Fly Lines and Leaders
Once you have your rod in hand, you are going to need some line. FlyshopCloseouts.com offers a great steal on Orvis Green Mountain Floating Fly Line in a three pack. These lines are weight forward, floating lines with a built in loop for the leader. The lines come in 4, 6 and 7 weights. With a dandy price tag if $19.50 for the three pack, the ninety foot lines offer true quality for the budget conscious. Don’t let this deal slip off of the hook!
Boots and Waders
Again, Orvis is an easy choice in the Christmas island High Top Flat Boots. These are heavy duty, non slip boots with hard rubber soles for stability. Hitting above the ankle, these boots are perfect for these long days in the river. You cannot top the low price of $29.50. These boots come in sizes 5-13, women should order two sizes smaller. I also really like the looks of Chota Wading Sandals. At $19.95, these wading sandals look comfortable, but very supportive. With a molded, all terrain sole, these sandals will give you all of the traction that you need without the weight of a traditional boot. Besides, you can still feel the water on your toes!
The Marsh Hawk Stockingfoot Waders are breathable waders, with a four layer construction. These waders come with neoprene booties to slide right into your boots, and adjustable nylon straps. These waders promise great comfort combined with ease of movement, allowing you to fish all day without turning into a prune.
Certainly, you are going to want an vest for keeping your flies and other essentials in, and to just look good, too. The 24 pocket Guide Vest has an extra wide neck opening to distribute the weight in the vest more evenly, to keep you comfortable. Ten pockets on the front, and two, large pockets at the top back are designed for easy access. Take along a lunch or a lightweight jacket and pack it in the extra large pocket in the back. This is a vest that can carry everything you need, and more, and the budget friendly price of $23.99- and unbelievable bargain!
I like the looks of the lightweight, Zipper Fly Carrier. A tough nylon cases encloses 2 sides if flat foam, suitable to all of those pretty flies that you’ve been tying all winter long. With a heavy duty zipper, lanyard and carry strap, this is a must have accessory at the low price of $10.50. If you want something a bit larger, FlyShopCloseouts.com also has a large foam, slotted fly box that should provide you with enough room for every possible fly that you might need. This box comes with a 23.80 price tag. With name brand fly fishing equipment at prices 30-50% below retail, the budget conscious fly fisherman can afford to go a little wild before heading out into the wild when shopping at www.flyshopcloseouts.com. Cast one for me, won’t you?