Beginners Fly Fishing Kits

Complete Fly Fishing Starter Kits Review

I have always and still am a big fan of getting people into the great sport of fly fishing for as inexpensively and easily as possible. With that in mind I have compiled a few different options for a beginners fly fishing kit that won’t set you back too much cash, and will get you on the water in a jiffy. All of these beginners flyfishing kits include nearly everything you will need to hit the water (some even include flies!) Fly line, leaders and backing are included in all of these great combos.

Wild Water Fly Fishing Kit

This combo comes with a lot of great accessories such as:

  • Rod sock
  • Storage tube
  • 9 trout flies
  • Fly box
  • 5/6 weight rod
  • Die cast large arbor reel
  • Floating line and backing
  • Spare leader
  • 4 piece rod w/ lifetime warranty

The main gripe people seem to have with this setup is the quality of the reel. The rod is 4 piece slow action mid flex. This rod alone weighs in at 5.7oz which is quite heavy, but since this is a beginners setup you are probably not expecting a feather for a complete setup for around $100.

My opinion of this combo is for the overall price it could be hard to beat in this price range. Don’t expect any of the included accessories to be top of the line, but you can expect to get your monies worth. The rod also comes with a lifetime warranty which is likely the deciding factor for most people who buy it.

Bottom line:

A fly fishing kit that comes with everything you need and a lifetime rod warranty is a great deal for just over one hundred dollars. The soft action rod should be easy to learn to cast with, but in the long term it will probably not be an extremely versatile rod for big fish, large flies and heavy wind etc. You will without a doubt be getting your monies worth for this inexpensive and bargain fly fishing combo.

Redington Path 9′ 5 weight Combo

This combo has a price tag higher than the one at the top of the list, but is likely to have a little more versatility and surely has much nicer accessories included. This complete fly fishing kit includes:

  • Path rod with lifetime warranty
  • Redington path reel
  • Rio Mainstream fly line
  • Backing
  • Leader
  • Rod tube

This combo costs about $189.99 so essentially almost 2x more than the first model listed on this page. But in return for the cost you are getting a rod that has much more backbone, providing new casters a more versatile rod with much easier casting in the wind and while casting heavier rigs. These snappy rods could be used for trout, bass or bluegill. Another obvious advantage is the Redington path’s super light weight. This rod weighs in at 3.1oz for the 9′ 5 weight model. That’s almost 50% less than the wild water model above.


For the angler with a little bit higher budget and looking for a higher quality setup than the Wild water fly fishing kit mentioned above, you will be happy with the Redington path outfit. Use this versatile rod for bass, bluegill and trout while easily casting large flies.

Scientific Anglers Trout Fly Fishing Outfit Combo

In my days of working in fly shops and sporting goods stores I have sold absolutely tons of these great combos. For a bargain price of $85 (current price on Amazon as of 7-1-14) these are a steal! I have given casting lessons to atleast 20 new fly fisherman with this rod and have found it more than acceptable for learning on and using for a fairly long term setup until you are ready to invest in higher end gear.

This fly fishing kit includes:

  • Flies (not great quality)
  • Flybox
  • 4 piece rod
  • Disc drag reel
  • Fly fishing made easy dvd
  • WF Line/backing
  • Leader

One of the great benefits of this combo is not only it’s minor price tag, but the nice inclusion of the how to fly fish dvd. You won’t find a fancy case included in this combo, but for the money it is totally worth the price. The action of this rod is in between the action of the 2 rods mentioned above and is nearly ideal for beginners to learn to cast with.


I have tried to appeal to the average price range that most new fly anglers seem to expect to pay for a beginners fly fishing kit. All of these setups mentioned above are great deals and will satisfy new fisherman’s needs.


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