How to Rig a Fly Fishing Rod

How to Rig a Fly Fishing Rod
Fly fishing anglers can pursue a multitude of freshwater species thanks to advancements in fly fishing tackle. With lightweight rods and reels, anglers can cast all day with little fatigue and land that trophy of a lifetime on this specialized gear. Properly rigging a fly rod will lead to many enjoyable hours on the lake or stream. Read on to learn the tricks to get that fly fishing rod catching fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Rigging the Fly Rod

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly fishing rod
  • Fly fishing reel
  • Fly line backing
  • Fly fishing line
  • Fly fishing leader
Step 1
Mount the fly fishing reel on the fly fishing rod by placing the foot of the reel on the reel seat found at the bottom of the rod handle. Tighten the reel seat on the rod until the reel is firmly in place.
Step 2
Tie the fly line backing to the spool of the reel. Begin reeling the fly line backing onto the spool, keeping tension on the line so that the backing is tight on the spool. Once all the backing is on the reel, you are ready to add the fly line.
Step 3
Tie the end of the fly line backing to the fly line. A nail knot usually works fine. Reel the fly line onto the spool of the reel. Once again, be sure to keep tension on the line.
Step 4
Grab the end of the fly line and put it through all the guides on the rod. Once the line is through the final guide at the tip of the rod, leave a couple feet of line hanging so you can attach the leader.
Step 5
Tie the leader to the small loop found at the end of the fly line. At the other end of the leader, tie on your favorite fly and your fly fishing rod is rigged for action.

Tips & Warnings

Fly fishing reels advise how much backing the reel will hold, so be sure to pay attention to the line capacity so that there is enough room on the reel for the fly line.
Make sure to use the proper line weight for the fly rod. Five-weight rods are designed to cast five weight lines, not heavier lines.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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