Must Have Fly Fishing Gear for 2020

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New year, new gear, right?

Riiiiigggghhhttt..

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 2020 is here. And here to stay it is.

Must Have Fly Fishing Gear for 2020 

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 the year.

Rods

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 (probably out of most people’s price range)

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.

Reels

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).  Buy it here.

Floats

Cumberland Float Tube

If I’m being completely transparent, I’m not a huge fan of float tubes. However, I have fished this one—and I actually like it a lot.  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.

Apparel

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.  Check it out here.

Anglatech Mesh Fly Fishing Vest

For those of you who still operate, yet do not necessarily 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.  This vest will not let you down.

Waders

Simms Tributary Stockingfoot Waders

These waders made by Simms are going to be some of the best on the market today.  This set features 3 layers of material on the top of the waders, and 4 layers on the bottom.  This provides awesome durability for the pants so they’ll last while also keeping the water out.  The material is breathable and mobile to prevent overheating at the same time.  However, some complaints of these waders is that it doesn’t have a water proof pouch on the inside to place gear.  Overall you are going to get what you pay for in these waders.

Footwear

Korkers Greenback Wading Boots

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 2020.

Accessories

Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System

Ok, if you do not have one of these and you camp a lot, you must get one ASAP.  This cooking system will heat ur your water/ liquid in no time flat.  All it takes is a twist of the gas lever and a hit of the ignite button and you’ll have your stove going in a second.  The liquid on the inside of the cup will heat up very fast, but if you turn on the stove with the cup attached with no liquid in it, the cup will melt.  My buddy learned this the hard way.  So lesson learned, next time put water in it first.  Regardless, this stove is very easy to throw in the pack and is a game changer down the stream.  Buy it here.

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.   Buy it on amazon.

Packs

Orvis Passage Guide Sling Pack (comes in Olive/Grey)

If you are looking for a little trip up the river for some fishing and want a simple pack to store some of your gear, look no further.  This pack features a water bottle holder, storage area for flies and tackle, and a padded sling with D – loops to hold accessories on.  What’s nice about this pack is that when it’s out of use just rotate the pack to your back.  When you need to use the gear inside of the zipper, just rotate it back and grab your flies or water bottle and then send it back again.  Boom!  Check it out here.

Overnight Gear

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.  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.  Check it out here.

Slumberjack Latitude 0 Degree Synthetic Sleeping Bag

I actually own the -20 degree Slumberjack bag (perfect for my big game trips), but on a Bighorn Mountain Fly trip 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.  Buy it on amazon.

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Now the key is to get out on the river!

I hope that this list helped you out in some way or another!  Fishing is always the best when equipment is up to date and ready to go for the season!  Best of luck this season and tight lines!