What do you really need?
Getting all of the gear you need to start fly fishing can seem intimidating at first. The first time you walk into a fly shop you're inundated with products that are very useful, but not necessarily needed for you to get your feet wet in this style of fishing. If you're new to fly fishing and are on a limited budget, I've put together this guide for you. It won't get you a set that's going to last a lifetime, but it's a small enough investment that you can try it out without going broke. Essentially, you only need what's on this list. Don't worry, the information below will provide you with all the links you need to buy everything online for under $100.
Rod and Reel
What's more important - the rod or the reel? This age old question is still debated amongst novice and seasoned fly fishers alike, however the answer is pretty simple - there's no definitive answer, so go with whatever feels good. If you're budget limited and just want to get into fly fishing, here's a great combo that should be considered.
Fly Line, Leader and Tippet
Most fly lines will cost you between $50-$100 with some going as high up as $150, but we're all about saving money. When you're first getting started investing $50 in fly line seems like overkill - which it is. the lines we recommend, while not the absolute best, are resilient and inexpensive.
Leaders, Tippets and Flies
If you've made it this far, I'll assume you're looking to get into a low-cost setup and you're not too worried about what the purists will say. When you're first starting out you'll be tempted to spend $15-$20 bucks on leader - don't do it! Even if you're fishing for easily spooked fish, 4 or 6 lb. Flourocarbon Trilene costs roughly $7 for a 300yd. spool. Don't be fooled, when you're new you want to start the learning process by using a shorter leader and tippet than what more experienced fishers use - the Trilene will go a long way doubling as your leader and tippet material for most scenarios.
You're all set!
Getting your first set of fly fishing gear can be exciting but costly - hopefully you've found this guide to be helpful when getting started with a low-budget setup. Now that you've got all the gear - it's time to hit the water. Make sure you check out our Rivers and Lakes pages, they'll help you quickly identify great fishing spots in Central Oregon. As always - plan less, fish more!