New year, new gear, right?
At least that’s what your wife says.
Whether you’re just here to dream, or you’re a serious fly fisherman—the top fly fishing gear for 2018 is here. And here to stay it is.
We’ve come quite a ways from the days of classic creels and ties tied at the kitchen table. Our list of must own fly gear should give you at least a solid starting point when it comes to laying out your year.
Best 2018 Fly Rods (and the ones you can afford)
Orvis Clearwater 5 Weight Rod/Reel Outfit (something you can afford)
My credibility on the line here, if you’re the 1-2 fly trips a year type of fly fisherman, this is your rod/reel combo for the next 10 years. Dropping $300 on a fly outfit is a decent amount of coin, however, it’s justifiable enough that it’ll slide under your spouse’s radar.. On a serious note, you simply cannot go wrong with Orvis. The entire unit comes ready to fish.
G Loomis NRX Trout Rod (something you cannot afford)
Let’s face it, no gear guide would be complete without gear built for the pros that average Joe’s like myself cannot afford. I have personally never used this rod (please do not question my credibility, it’s $700) and I do not plan on it (unless it’s given to me). All that said, the internet says this rod is a beast, lightweight and extremely durable.
Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Reel with CNC-machined Aluminum Alloy Body
One of the top rated fly fishing reels on Amazon, this perfect little trout fly reel comes with a nice 3 year warranty. The reel itself boasts Precision CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum alloy for high-impact durability in addition to a larger CNC hollow design (which makes the reel lighter than competing reels).
Cumberland Float Tube
If we’re completely transparent, I’m not a huge fan of float tubes. However, I have fished this one—and I loved it. The Cumberland Float Tube is a sturdy piece of equipment, it comes with a PVC bottom and raised seat (love) to keep you high and “dry”. The tube offers plenty of storage to go with it’s double rod holders. As far as floats are concerned, if you’re looking for something built to last in an affordable price range this model from Cumberland cannot be beat.
Anglatech Fly Fishing Backpack With Hydration Bladder
Every special ops fly fisherman needs high tech gear for the stream and this backpack fits the bill perfectly. It comes with rip-stop nylon, a 1.5 liter hydration bladder, a BACKPACK (big time plus for day trips), and the best part—your built in fly pouch zips in. No more losing that lucky wooly bugger. It’s lightweight, built to last, and has pockets for just about every thing you’d need.
Anglatech Mesh Fly Fishing Vest
For those of you who still operate, yet do not neccesarily need the extra hydration our first recommendation brings you—this mesh fly fishing vest from Anglatech is the perfect fit. Tons of storage, built to last, and extremely light. Will not let you down.
Redington Sonic Pro Stocking Foot Wader
These waders are built using 100% nylon, breathable/waterproof wader fabric and put together using a high tech ultra sonic weld and double taped seams. Not likely to rip in even the toughest river scenarios, this wader setup should be at the top of every fly gear junkies wish list.
Korkers Greenback Wading Boot
The perfect mid-priced boot built for both novice and experienced fly fishermen—this boot boasts a unique feature not every boot can. That would be offering two soles, both felt and Kling-on. They’re extremely durable, also tested for saltwater. Purchase any Korkers 3.0 style soles for your preferred traction, swap them out, and you’re up the river in no time. Highly recommend adding a pair of these to your arsenal in 2017.
Orvis Passge Guide Sling Pack (comes in Olive/Grey)
Yeti 18 OZ Rambler
Need a rambler for that Orvis sling pack? Try the 18 oz (also comes in 30+ oz) Yeti Rambler, perfect for that afternoon trip up the stream. Not much else to say here, if you know anything about keeping your beverage cold or hot, you know YETI = results. Pair with your favorite afternoon/pre-evening beverage for best results.
Wuudi Cookware Set
This 2 piece aluminum alloy cookware set weighs in at just 224g, including the carry bag. I took this set on an 11 day moose hunt in Alaska—it performed perfectly on the entire trip. Take it on both overnight and day trips, nothing says backwoods like campfire cooked pasta sides..
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent
When it comes to overnight fly trips, I’m typically thinking a 1-2 night trip out from the main camp. Despite the urge to go out and purchase a $500 tent built for the Himalayas, this Morrison tent by Moutainsmith is a perfect option for 2017. It’s lightweight, built to last, and it sleeps 2 people. Unless you’re bringing the entire family, it’s a comfortable, waterproof option for you and your buddy. After all, the goal is less time setting up and more time fishing.
Slumberjack Borderland 0 Degree Sleeping Bag
I actually own the -20 degree Slumberjack bag (perfect for my big game trips), but on a Bighorn Mountain Fly trip this past summer I was forced to sleep naked to stay cool. Bottom line is, these things work. Get the 0 Degree bag so it’s not sauna-like and you’ll be good to go. 7 lbs. I’d recommend getting a waterproof pack
COR Waterproof Roll Top Backpack
This bag comes in two sizes, 25L & 40L, which makes it a super versatile choice for your over-night fly trip. If you’re the type who likes to take a laptop in the woods, a padded sleeve inside the backpack has got you covered. Drop it in the river, submerge it, leave it under a tree during a rainstorm, this durable backpack will cover your butt. Unlike a typical dry bag, you wear it on your back—which makes it the perfect over-night backpack for any situation.