Over the years, I dialed in the perfect outfit for fly fishing adventures. You need a packable rod, a waterproof bag large enough to hold food, layers, tackle, electronics, and water, sleeping bag in case you just can’t leave, a lightweight wading jacket for spending all day on the river, and a lightweight reel for throwing over 1000 casts in a day.
Nowadays, these products exist, and are much better and lighter than the wool and canvas outfits of yesterday.
Here is the dream list of fishing gear for getting off the beaten river…
Honestly, this is one of the most important pieces of gear. Every fly fisherman should have a durable waterproof wading jacket. The Patagonia Minimalist is perfect for long days on the river.
This is the pack I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Patagonia nailed this one, 20 liters is perfect for layers, gear, camera, lightweight sleeping bag, food, stove, etc.…
The most important things I look for in waders are flexibility and durability. There is nothing better than being able to nimble along stones, take a slip, and still be waterproof. The Rio Gallegos do just that! The anatomically shaped knees and upper reduce drag and provide flexibility both in the river and in the woods. They are the world’s toughest, and most puncture resistant waders on the market!
Orvis designed this rod to go off the beaten path. They say it is for the person who spends hours pouring over topographic maps looking for little blue streams out in the middle of nowhere. I’ve trusted Orvis rods for over 20 years!
A perfect little reel for this rod built with Orvis’s trusted craftsmanship.
Orvis designed this line for slow moving springtime streams that are as clear as ice. The line boasts superb casting and floating abilities while maintaining a stealth appearance made to present natural looking insects. An excellent fly line for when technical casting precision and stealthy approaches is important.
Looking for more fly-fishing gear? We put together an updated list of the best fly fishing equipment for you everyday fisherman.