Aside from the rod and reel setup, there are a few other pieces of fly fishing gear that are key to a successful day on the stream. Some of these items are optional when you’re just starting out but eventually you’ll want to invest in the following:
Waders and wading boots- waders and wading boots are essential pieces of fly fishing gear when fishing rocky or slab streams where slipping is a real danger. A good felt-sole pair with neoprene wading socks will get you started, but eventually you’ll want to add waist-high or chest waders to keep you warmer and drier in colder temperatures. Waders and wading boots are tricky to size, so stop by your local fly shop to get a good fit. A note on wading boots: felt-sole waders have been legally banned in Maryland and other states are likely to follow. Read more about it here. If you plan to fish at all in Maryland, be sure to get rubber-soled waders with studs for added traction.
Fly boxes- these are to hold all the flies your new friends are going to give you! How you organize your flies is a matter of personal
preference, but you’ll probably want at least 2 different boxes to keep things in order.
Vest/chest pack/lanyard- this hardly needs explanation but you’ll definitely want something that has everything you might need on a stream handy.
With all of the fly fishing gear on the market it’s easy to get caught up in buying too much, or getting overwhelmed with the options and not buying anything. I hope I’ve helped demystify some of the important pieces of fly fishing gear and helped you gain confidence when buying your next fishing equipment!