Basic Fly Fishing Setup

Brown Trout

For most river and stream conditions, if you’re going to be fly fishing, the following recommendations should work just fine.

Fly Rod Weight

Small Trout Waters


Big Trout Waters


Fly Rod Length

8 to 9 feet unless you are fishing a small stream with lots of obstacles. Go shorter if you have casting obstacles.  6 or 7 feet might be better.

Line Weight


Leader Tippet:  5x – 0x (12-20 pound line)


20 to 30 pound test (100 to 150 yards should be plenty)