Recommended Fly Fishing Equipment

Dale Penn Rogue River, Steelhead Fly Angling

Dale Penn Rogue River, Steelhead Fly Angling

Part of the successful formula for catching fish on a consistent basis is having the right equipment.  As a professional fly fishing guide, I need to maximize my clients’ fish count.  Rods, reels, fly lines, leaders, tippets, and a vast array of useful accessories all work together to get the fish on the hook and eventually to the net.  The following items are what I use and recommend to you.  Where possible I have linked to Amazon sellers who allow for FREE SHIPPING if the item(s) total is more than $35.



NEW GoPro Hero 5 black waterproof camera.  And voice-activated remote control.

  • The NEW GoPro Hero5 black camera is the latest and greatest.  Here’s why —
  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes.
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.
  • AND it can be equipped with a cool additional accessory, a VOICE-ACTIVATED waterproof remote, the GoPro Remo.  With simple voice commands, such as “GoPro, video mode”,  “GoPro, start recording”, “GoPro, stop recording”, or “GoPro, photo mode” . . . Crazy simple!
  • Click on the photo above to go to Amazon to purchase the GoPro Hero5 black camera, or the “Deluxe Bundle” which includes the voice-activated remote + a double battery charger with extra battery.


SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC UHS-3 Memory Card with Adapter for GoPro cameras

  • Recommended by GoPro for use with HERO, HERO3, HERO3+, HERO4, HERO5, and HERO+ LCD
  • UHS speed Class 3 (U3), video speed Class 30 (V30) and Class 10 for 4K UHD and full HD video
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Click on the image above of the Memory Card to go to Amazon to purchase thias ite,.



Five star recommendation.  I have been greatly impressed by my new GoPro Hero Session camera.  One button on & off engages the video function.  EASY!  FOOLPROOF!  Great video quality.  And, this camera is waterproof.  Reasonably priced at $199, and free shipping with Amazon Prime.  Click on the image to go to Amazon to read about and purchase this item.

 Orvis Andros Flats Hiker.  A flats fishing boot designed to be worn barefoot — no socks of any kind needed required — with all day wading comfort. The boot features an integrated, fully adjustable neoprene gravel cuff that allows the user to create a tight, but comfortable seal at the top of the boot to keep debris from irritating the foot. Cuff also serves to keep the excess laces under control. Screened drain holes allow water to easily flow from the boot while keeping sand and gravel out. The flats fishing boot is fully-lined for all day comfort while hiking the flats. Non-marking sole is safe for boat decks. Order your shoe size. Weighs 2 lbs. in a size 9. In tan multi. Polyurethane/nylon. Rinse with fresh water after use. Men’s whole sizes: 7-14.
To purchase this item now click on the photo of the flats boot above.

You can spend more money on a fly line, but I have had excellent casting and fishing results with this less expensive RIO Weight Forward fly line. Available in floating and intermediate models. Click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase the RIO MainStream Trout WF Fly Line.


Here’s what I want from a fly reel: solid construction, a superb drag that will perform flawlessly even when wet, adequate backing & fly line capacity WITHOUT jamming on the frame if I don’t retrieve line evenly, and excellent service if I ever have trouble with the reel. I have used Orvis Access Mid-Arbor Reels with zero problems, and have landed many hard-fighting salmon and steelhead with these fine reels, which are very reasonably priced. Click here to go to AMAZON now to buy the Orvis Access Mid Arbor fly reel. Three of the 4 reels have free shipping. The gold model has shipping charges.


Can’t decide on the perfect gift? Here’s the simple answer. Amazon Gift Card – Email Delivery in seconds, or choose a specific email delivery time. Click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase your gift card. Want the gift card delivered to the door? Opt for Amazon Gift Card with Greeting Card with one-day shipping included. For the shipping option click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase your gift card.


These leaders turn over properly, even at distance, for a nice extended presentation of the fly. Excellent quality control, in my experience. Consider the economical 3 Pack. Click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase RIO Powerflex Trout Leaders. I use these for my steelhead fishing, too. Maximum stealth! For FLUOROCARBON RIO Fluoroflex Leaders, click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase.


I use fluorocarbon tippet exclusively for all my fishing. With a standard nylon tapered leader I replace the tippet section with fluorocarbon for maximum stealth. I need every stealth advantage, especially for steelhead. Click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase Rio Fluoroflex Plus Tippet. 30 or 110 yard spools.


I have used this tool for more than 20 years. To minimize any harm done to a fish you wish to release without even touching it, use the Ketchum Release Tool. Click here to go to AMAZON now to order this “must have” tool. 3 sizes. I use the Standard and Big Bug sizes most.


These are my strike indicators of choice. Click hete to go to AMAZON now to purchase the THINGAMABOBBER 9 Piece Assortment Pack. 4 sizes.


An inexpensive little pocket book, Guide to Fly Fishing Knots, is available by clicking here to go to AMAZON now to buy this handy reference.


Skin damage caused by the sun can be serious! Protect the back of your hands while on the water fishing or boating with Warmers Sun Paddling Glove. Reinforced palms make for added durability, especially those of us that row or paddle to get to the fish. 4 size choices. Click here to go to AMAZON now.


Sun damage prevention. Protect your neck, ears, and face, depending how you position your Buff Headwear. I have 2 and have purchased others for friends. Cool color choices. One Size Fit All. Click here to go to AMAZON now to purchase this item.

I need charged batteries for my electronics: depth inder/fish locator, GPS, flashlight, cameras. On fishing trips I may not have a handy electrical outlet. All I need is sunshine! Click here to go to AMAZON to purchase the Solar Powered Battery Charger. Charges 4 at a time: D, C, AA and AAA Batteries.

Protect the back of your hands from the sun’s damaging rays. Click here to go to AMAZON to purchase Glacier Glove Islamorada Gray Sungloves.

Looking to go Old School in a fly reel?  The model 1195 Pflueger is a dependable, moderately priced choice.  Receiving a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon means the vast majority of purchasers have been very happy with this reel’s performance.  Click on the reel’s image above to check it out and get more details about the reel.

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