Fly Fishing Gear: Our Guide to The Best Brands

fly fishing gear

Fly fishing successfully depends on good gear. It doesn’t have to always be expensive gear, but you can’t cast effectively with a rod that’s as stiff as a broomstick or as soft as a noodle.

In this article we take you through our thoughts, as dedicated fly fishers with decades of experience, on the best fly fishing gear.

Best fly rods

A rod is the most important piece of gear in your fly fishing arsenal. We have compiled a separate page on the best fly rods that looks at all the factors that go into choosing the right fly fishing rod and what rods are most suitable for various conditions and species.

Our top fly rod for trout: The Scott Centric

Scott Centric Fly Rod

Fly Fishing Waders

Waders are vital for most fly fishing situations, where it is walking up a trout stream or swinging flies for steelhead and salmon.

We think Simms are the best waders and personally use the G4Z model shown here. But that’s a high end pair of waders and isn’t for everyone.

But the beauty of the Simms range is the Tributary model starts at just $180 and it and the Freestone are highly affordable models.

See our full selection of waders

Our top pick: Simms G4Z

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Best wading boots

Wading boots are the other necessity for every fly fisher. You need a comfortable, functional and reliable boot for those days clambering over slippery rocks and hiking into mountain rivers.

There are a big variety of fly fishing wading boots on the market. Again, in our experience, Simms make the best wading boots on the market and can’t be beaten for comfort and durability.

The boots we recommend here are the FlyWeights – comfortable and light for everyday fishing. For longer overnight missions you may want the extra ankle protection of the Simms G3 Guide boots.

I have a pair of each and recommend both with Vibram rubber soles and Simms HardBite Studs or Simms Hardbite Cleats (not suitable for the FlyWeights) to aid grip.

Our top pick: Simms Flyweight

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  • Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He is a regular on fly fishing podcasts and appeared in the international fly fishing film Predator.

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