In our last blog post, we looked over the essential flies used in fly-fishing. To accompany your flies, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with other fishing equipment.

If you are just starting to get into fly fishing, you might not be as familiar as you would like to with the terms and accessories that can help you catch the most fish. Of course, many fishermen – especially fly fishermen – are continually picking up new tips. Check out the basic features of fly-fishing equipment to help you on your next expedition.

Fishing Rod

Yes, it’s not a fishing pole, it’s a fishing rod. This is the most essential part of your fishing gear. In fly fishing, rods are typically made from a graphite composite. Granite rods provide rigidity and flexibility and are typically 7 to 9 feet long.


The grip is the handle portion of your rod used to give you a firm hold as you fish. In fly fishing, the grip of a rod is often made of cork–especially in custom made rods. The texture of cork it porous and offers more security in a grip.


This is the plastic or (more often in fly fishing) metal component at the bottom of the rod. This holds the line and provides resistance or drag. Some reels can get expensive, but many fishermen see them as an investment that they use for years to come. 


Fly fishermen are often seen wading into rivers and lakes to do their best fishing. This is possible by waders. They are waterproof overalls that keep you dry as you fish. They come in different styles, commonly stocking foot waders and boot foot waders. 

Polarized Sunglasses

Many anglers wear sunglasses to cut the glare of the sun’s rays. Fly fishermen who spend much of their time in shallow water find polarized glasses especially helpful, as they help you look under the surface of the water.

The Mississippi River offers some of the best fly fishing in Minnesota. Whether you are just getting introduced to the sport or are an advanced fisherman, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basics. Get more tips on our blog.