The Best Fly Fishing Gear Wishlist For Any Fly Angler

Fly fishing gear isn’t cheap, and if you’ve been fly fishing before that’s fairly obvious at this point.  But, there are some pieces of equipment that we believe to be the best fly fishing gear lineup under the sun.

We hold no limits to the amount of money that is wanting to be spent in this list.  We only are listing the best of the best, nothing else.  I would love to say that we personally own every piece of equipment here, but that’s not the case, hence the name “wishlist”.  We want it, and someday hopefully will have it!

Here is the best fly fishing gear checklist

Take note, this is not for the fly fisherman that is just looking for a quick and cheap fly fishing rod combo.  This is for the fly anglers that have a lot of cash and they need a great piece of equipment to finish up their outfit!

Top Of The Line Fly Fishing Gear Checklist

Sage X Fly Rod 

Sage is one of the best fly fishing companies for production of elite fly rods.  To top that off, the Sage X is one of Sage’s highest performing and most popular rods of them all.  This isn’t your weekend warrior type of fly rod, no.  This one is one of the best in the world.

Pros: 

  • Super light weight (2 11/16 oz for 9ft, 5wt)
  • Buttery smooth casts
  • Tight loops
  • Very accurate
  • Fast action
  • Easy to cast
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made in America

Cons: 

  • Expensive

There aren’t many fly rods that can out compete the Sage X rod… it’s an incredible fly rod.  It’s powerful, accurate, smooth and has a lifetime warranty.  Not to mention that it’s super light weight and is produced by one of the best fly fishing companies in America.

“Every singles model is just plain terrific” 

– John Duncan (Telleride Angler) on the Sage Foundation

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Abel SDF Fly Reel 

Abel fly fishing reels are some of the best on the planet and to not feature one of their best reels on this list would be an insult.   This reel is one of the smoothest and strongest fly fishing reels on the planet.  It looks great, is lightweight, has a large arbor and also comes with a lifetime warranty.  Not much more to ask for in a fly reel.

Pros: 

  • Extremely smooth
  • Made of 6061-T651 Cold Finished Machined Aluminum
  • Lightweight (5.02 oz, 4/5 model)
  • Extremely durable alternating carbon fluoropolymer/ stainless steel drag system
  • Strong drag
  • Drag is easy to adjust
  • Large arbor design
  • Customizable
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made in America

Cons: 

  • Expensive
  • Fresh water reel (Abel SDS is similar, but a saltwater reel)

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Related Article: Best Fly Reels Under $300

Simms G4 Wading Boots 

I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but we have several pieces of Simms equipment on this best fly fishing gear list.  That’s because there are only a couple of companies that can produce gear like Simms can, and the G4 wading boots are some of the best.  They’re made of premium quality material and designed with supreme comfort in mind.  They’re breathable, lightweight and have great traction on the bottom.  Not to mention, these wading boots also have awesome ankle support, but not too much where the boots feel like logs strapped to your feet.  These ranked #1 in our best wading boots article.

Pros: 

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • High traction
  • Waterproof
  • Look great
  • Made in America

Cons: 

  • Like a lot of the gear on this list, they’re expensive

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Related Article: Best Wading Boots For Fly Fishing 

Simms Headwater Pro Fly Fishing Vest 

The Simms Headwaters Pro fly fishing vest is another top piece of fly fishing equipment from Simms.  It has a lot of storage for fly fishing gear and food, is super light weight, breathable, cool and comfortable.  Overall, this vest is also one of the finest fishing vests on the market.  A sure thing to make our fly fishing wish list.

Pros: 

  • 20 storage compartments
  • Cool and comfortable
  • Light weight (15 oz)
  • Additional padding
  • Rod holder
  • Back storage
  • Net D-ring
  • Made in America

Cons:

  • On the pricier end for a fly fishing vest

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Related Article: How To Choose The Right Fly Fishing Vest

Orvis Pro Waders 

This is the first time we’ve mentioned Orvis in this article, but it was definitely going to happen at some point.  The Orvis Pro Waders are (again) some of the best waders that you can get.  They’re super durable and made with a 4 layer of Cordura fabric in the upper, and 5 layers of Cordura fabric in the lowers.  They have modern sock-like booties for comfortable movement and fit in your wading boots.  These waders also feature storage on the front, fly patches, hand warmer kangaroo style pockets, and mesh interior pockets.  Orvis designed the Pro waders to have an overall athletic fit and feel, allowing for superb movement and comfort.

Pros: 

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Athletic fit
  • Waterproof zippers
  • Lots of storage
  • Hand warming pockets
  • Fly patches
  • Weigh 48 oz

Cons: 

  • Hefty price tag

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Simms Freestone Ambidextrous Sling Pack

This one is for those of you that like to carry a pack or sling out to the river.  It has over a 4.5 star rating on Simms and is one of the higher quality fly fishing packs on the market.  It has 18 liters of storage, 4 way easy access zipper, vertical net carrying system, pockets on the strap for floatant, and is ambidextrous.  You can take this pack fly fishing, hiking, or camping and it will fit your wants and needs for comfort and storage.

Pros:

  • 18 Liters of storage
  • Ambidextrous design
  • High quality
  • 4 way easy access zipper
  • Net carrying system
  • Additional pockets on the strap
  • Adjustable front panel

Cons: 

  • Not everyone prefers a sling pack

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Related Article: 15 Best Fly Fishing Packs of 2020

Orvis Pro Wading Jacket 

We have another piece of Orvis equipment on our top fly fishing gear wishlist, and it’s the Orvis Pro wading jacket.  It has three layers of breathable and waterproof material to stay cool and dry.  The seams are fully taped for long lasting durability, and also has hand warmer pockets to keep warm.  It features only two pockets though, one of them being on the interior.

Pros: 

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Cons:

  • Only two pockets
  • Spendy

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Tacky Fly Box

The Tacky fly box is one of the most innovative boxes that you can buy.  It separates itself from the pack of other fly boxes with its patent pending silicone fly slots and magnetic closure system.  These fly boxes are also waterproof and can be purchased in several different models.

Pros:

  • Long lasting silicone fly slots
  • Magnetic closure
  • Strong
  • Waterproof

Cons: 

  • Not much to hate here

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Related Article: Tacky Fly Box Review

Able Nippers 

The final item on our fly fishing gear wishlist are some Able Nippers.  These nippers aren’t just a pair of nippers, they’re some of the most efficient line clippers in the world.  They’re made in the United States and

Pros:

  • Designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA
  • Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum body construction
  • Replaceable jaws – machined out of premium grade Crucible CPM S35VN stainless steel, then heat treated to 58-60rc
  • Engineered to cut 7X – 100 lb mono and braid
  • Two Year limited warranty on the jaws after initial purchase
  • Pin – 316 stainless steel

Cons: 

  • Expensive

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Related Article: Able Nippers Review

Conclusion: Best Fly Fishing Gear Checklist

There’s a lot of gear that’d be fun to own, maybe someday!  Hope this article helped!  Thanks for reading and tight lines…

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