Basic Fly Fishing Setup

Rainbow 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


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.


20 pound test (50 yards should be plenty)

Line Weight


Leader Tippet:  7x – 0x (2 – 10 pound line)