Fly fishing is a sport that involves concentration and strength, especially if you're pulling back a larger fish from the water. Before deciding to start in the sport, you should focus on purchasing or finding the correct gear and equipment. This goes beyond the rod and includes the right type of clothing and accessories.
The most important piece of fly fishing equipment you'll need is the fly rod, also known as the rod. Rods come in a variety of sizes and materials including wood, stainless steel and aluminum. The best thing to do is try out the different sizes and materials to find one that suits you. Most sporting goods stores give you this option and it helps you find the right fit. Larger poles are generally better for those with more experience since the rods are harder to carry and use. You'll also need a reel and a fishing line, though some fly fishermen prefer fishing the old-fashioned way without a reel to pull the line up.
The type of clothing you use when fly fishing depends on the time of year and the climate. In cold weather situations and areas where there is ice in the water, you'll want to use thermal underwear and layers of clothing such as a fleece jacket underneath a rain jacket. You'll also want fingerless gloves to give you more flexibility and a hat that protects your head from the wind. In warmer months you won't need the layers, but you'll still want clothing that lets your skin breathe such as shorts and a shirt made of microfiber and sunglasses or a hat with a brim.
Accessories for fly fishing include waders, which many people consider the most important piece of gear you need. Waders come in different sizes like hip-length and chest-length. These waders are worn over the top of your clothing and protect against the water. Waders also come as boots, which only ride to the knee or hip and you can also find wading sandals. Accessories also include fly boxes for storing your flies, a wading belt to hold your gear and a fishing basket for bringing home the fish that you catch. If you plan on fishing in remote or rocky areas, you should also invest in a wading staff, which helps you keep your balance.