IBM Hursley Fly Fishing Club - Fly Fishing Kit

To start to fly fish you will need some basic equipment. Fly fishing equipment can be expensive, so often people start with a beginners kit. Starting this way gives you the chance to evaluate the sport and learn the basics before investing in more expensive equipment that may well last you a life time.

Beginners Kit


This beginners kit assumes you will probably be fishing mostly small and medium trout lakes around the southern A Fly Fishing Starter KitEngland area, and will cover 80-90% of situations. You may also fish most rivers with this equipment, but to fish small streams, lighter equipment would be required. You may like to purchase a basic kit from one of the many Mail Order or Internet fishing tackle dealers. See our "other websites" page.

  • UK Environment agency - Fishing Licence
  • Polarized Sun Glasses  for eye protection and to aid spotting the fish
  • Fly Rod 9ft - 9ft 6ins #6 (ATFM 6 weight) medium action for beginners & intermediates
  • Reel with disk drag ize #5/6 or #6/7
  • Floating Line #6
  • Sinking Line #6 (2-3 Inch/sec) or intermediate line #6 (0.5 - 1 inch/sec)
  • Backing 150yds. Attach backing to reel, then backing to fly line.
  • Tapered Leaders - 9ft 6-7lb breaking strain
  • Tippet material 4lb & 6lb (attaches to front of tapered leader)
  • Sinkant to degrease tippet and leader
  • Selection of Flys, Nymphs, Buzzers, Drys, Wets & Lures
  • Fly Box to store flies
  • Floatant to aid dry flies float
  • Landing net  ideally with extending handle
  • Priest (to dispatch fish on take only fisheries)
  • Nippers to trim and cut tippet etc (Small Nail clippers are idea)
  • Forceps to aid unhooking
  • Bag - small holdall or satchel style to hold equipment (optional)
  • Hat - baseball cap or beany style for head protection and to shade eyes (optional)
  • Bass Bag or medium cool bag to keep catch fresh (optional)

Additional Useful Equipment


You may also find the following equipment useful.

  • Fishing waistcoat (multi pockets and equipment loops)
  • A Marrow Spoon
  • Marrow spoon similar to the image, used to check stomach content of your catch ( Match the Hatch)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Wading or water proof boots (Wellingtons are always useful)
  • Spare reel or spare spools
  • Additional fly lines, like fast sinkers & sink tips
  • Small towel - a bar towel size is ideal to wipe hands after handling fish.
  • Filleting / Gutting knife
  • Plastic bags or trout tube bags to store catch in fridge / freezer
  • Fly Line cleaner

Casting Tuition


A good tip is to invest a little money and get some professional casting tuition. The lessons should be approximately 1 hr each. Don't try to do to much in one go. Look for an instructor with APGAI or GAIA certification.