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Fly Rods for Beginners

By May 12, 2011

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Fly Rods for BeginnersWhat are the best fly rods for beginners?

Well, there are a number of solid fly rods for novice anglers, including some great rod and reel combos that make things easy on the newcomers on the water.

Here are some popular fly rod and reel combos for beginners hoping to try their hand at fly fishing this season:

Redington Crosswater Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

The Redington Crosswater is my new favorite because it's not only ready to fish right out of the box (preschooled with backing, fly line and leader, not to mention a rod and reel case), but it's very inexpensive (available for $119.95) and still represents the quality you'd expect from a Redington rod. In fact, I was so impressive with this combo, I bought one to hand down to my kids when they're old enough to get out on the water. Read the review of the Redington Crosswater Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo.

Compare prices of the Redington Crosswater Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

Hobbs Creek Fly Rod and Reel Outfit

Another inexpensive fly rod and reel combo worth looking at is the Hobbs Creek Fly Rod and Reel Outfit available via the White River Fly Shop at Bass Pro Shops.

It's a little more expensive ($139.99), and doesn't have a name brand like Redington behind it, but they're decent starter rods for newcomers to fly fishing.

In fact, this was my first fly rod and reel, and the combo held up well for a couple years.

My reel took a beating, because I did a lot of hiking and boulder hopping with my rod in hand, but I was able to get a replacement reel for $39.99.

Talk about a bargain.

Read a review of the Hobbs Creek Fly Reel.

Redington Minnow Fly Rod and Reel Outfit for Youth

If you're a fan of Redington, the Redington Minnow Fly Rod and Reel Outfit is another nice setup for kids ages 6-12.

The rods are "kid friendly" in their design and are easy to cast thanks to the medium-action graphite rod.

These rods also come with the Crosswater Fly Reel, which we've previously noted is great, and is also prespooled with RIO Mainstream WF Fly Line and knotless leader. And they're reasonably priced at $69 to $99.

Compare prices for Redington Minnow Fly Rod and Reel Combo

Pflueger Fly Rod Starter Kit

One of the most trusted names on the spinning reel front, Pflueger also makes a solid fly rod starter kit that includes an 8-foot, three-piece, #5/6 weight fly rod.

The metal, single-action fly reel comes fully equipped with 50 yards of backing, 25 yards of 6-weight line and a 7-6 4x tapered leader, not to mention a knot booklet and fly assortment and box.

At $59.99, it's not the best beginner rod and reel combo out there, but it's one of the most affordable.

Compare prices for the Pflueger Fly Rod Starter Kit (just $39.99 on Amazon!)

Ross Journey Youth Fly Combos

Another solid youth combo is the Ross Journey Youth Fly Combo, which is a little more expensive than the previously mentioned combos because it comes with a instructional DVD and is great Ross-designed Flystart arbor, disc drag reel.

The Ross Journey Youth also has a smaller handle size and shorter rod for the little ones, so it truly is a quality fly rod and reel made for young, beginning fly anglers. Priced at $229.

Scientific Anglers Fly-Fishing Starter Kits

Scientific Anglers might be best known for their lines, but don't sleep on their rod and reel kits for newcomers to the sport.

The kits include a graphite rod and reel pre-spooled with line, backing and leader. Like the Rodd Journey combo, it also includes and instructional DVD and box full of flies.

The kits come designed for trout, bass and panfish, and are priced at $95.

Compare prices of Scientific Anglers Fly Fishing Starter Kits


May 12, 2011 at 4:13 am
(1) Kirk Werner says:

Great list of starter fly rods for kids. When we were searching for kids rod outfits to feature on our site we found many of the same, plus a couple more that you may be interested in adding to your list.

May 12, 2011 at 7:37 am
(2) Ed says:

I am new to flyfishing and a buddy has asked me about getting a flyfishing setup “cheap”. This is great info that I will pass along to him and use myself.

Several years ago I bought a LL Bean “starter” kit and it is Quest 1 (this is my first year using it). From a beginners perspective the rod is fine but I can sense the I will need to upgrade the reel after this season.

Thanks for the reviews.

May 15, 2011 at 2:06 am
(3) flyfishing says:

Great additions guys. Thanks for sharing. Keep the beginner rod suggestions coming and I’ll keep updating my list. I want this to be a true list of the best fly rod and reel combos for beginners, not only from my perspective but from reader perspectives since I can’t fish every rod on the market, unfortunately!

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