Fishing Gear Checklist: 16 Essential Items To Start Fishing
Here are 16 must-haves for your fishing gear checklist:
If your looking for waders that will take a beating than these are your waders. I am hard on my waders an I expect them to perform in all four seasons the Rockies have to offer. They are top of the line waders that Pro Guides use worldwide.
I owned the Pro Guide 2’s for two years until they finally sprang a leak in the inter-leg seem. I sent them to Orvis for repair. (Under Life Time Warranty) And to my surprise, they sent me a brand new pair of Pro Guide 3’s. Orvis takes care of and treats their clients better than anyone in the business, PERIOD! The 3s are everything I want in a wader.
Very comfortable, breathable, lightweight and durable. The highlight of the waders is that they moved the leg seem from the inter-leg where it wears from walking to directly behind the leg to stop the fix that common problem. They also added a stretchy fabric to the top part of the waders to add flexibility while casting and moving around. To top them off, the built-in hand warmers are awesome in every way. So with the Orvis name you know you are getting a top quality product and company that will do anything to keep your business for life…They got me!
2. Wading Boots
I always thought that there was no difference in wader boots. Any kind of old shoe you didn’t like would work, right? Oh, man was I wrong! I can’t tell you how many times my feet hurt or fell asleep due to tight boots or shoes. Or how about the way a felt sole falls off after a month of fishing 5 days a week.
I can now say that after wearing my Korkers Streamborns for a month I will never go back to cheap Hodgman’s again.
My Korkers fit extremely comfortable(like reg boots), they have great installation for the winter and the water release holes are a great idea, especially for keeping water out of the drift boat. I like that they are tall to stop rocks from entering.
But most of all you can beat the versatility of the replaceable soles to meet the needs of your environment. If you’re going to stand on your feet all day you might as well have comfortable boots, right?
3. Fish Finder
Shows you a greater amount of what is in the water around your pontoon. This high-recurrence sonar gives close photographic pictures with nitty-gritty portrayals of articles, structure, and fish.
The gadget is anything but difficult to utilize and simple to introduce. Accessible in 3.5-, 5-and 7-inch show sizes. Water rating IPX7.
- Simple to utilize 3.5-inch shading fishfinder with inherent, high-affectability GPS
- Discover fish; imprint and come back to problem areas, docks, and inclines
- Advantageous keypad activity
- Incorporates CHIRP (77/200 kHz) sonar transducer; transmit control (200 W RMS)/(1,600 W top to-top)
- Move up to superior CHIRP with a GT8 or GT15 transducer (each sold independently)
4. Spinning Rod
This is a very durable rod. I have personally caught a number of decently sized fishes such as Jack’s, Snappers & Sharks. This rod was able to handle them all with ease and hasn’t even come close to breaking.
I love this pole, and one reason I got it, is how lightweight it is! My reel is also ultralight, so the whole setup feels like you are holding basically nothing. Can cast all day! It’s also nice to get around with. Easy to get through doors, into the garage, etc. without hitting the ceiling or door frame.
Overall, really great rod!
Best reel for the price, Period! In the past year I picked up three of these reels and I love them more than my more expensive reels. They are smooth and the disk drag is amazing. The gold color gives them a royal feel and large arbor pulls in line twice as fast. Great Reel.
All around made boxes, great locks, magnets hold flies and snares great.
100% waterproof thin fly box flies boxes flies storage, Orange shading coasting in the water.
Overly straightforward ABS top, clear transparent and solid. Quality EAV froths keep going for long time use. Solid attractive cushions hold flies, yet additionally any tinny thing. Brilliant attractive power never stresses over “Blow in the breeze”.
8. Scientific Anglers System X Waterproof Fly Box
Nice fly box, I like the MAX better. Not per slit. Great for the average joe or for certain situations and waters. I have two of these boxes and they beat most other boxes on the market. I use mine for an Alpine lake box and green river box.Price: $25
9. Simms Fishing Shirts
Comfortable fishing shirts that can be worn in the office or on the stream. I found a great deal on these shirts, so I picked up 5. They all fit great and I love the long selves for cooler days and sun protection. I wear more stylish ones to the office all the time.
10. Watermark Drake Vest/Pack
I’m usually a fluoro guy, but I like the strength and low price of this finely lined tippets. I have noticed much greater strength with these tippets. Now I am not afraid to stick it to a midge eating brown. Plus the roles they come on are the best for a lanyard and keeping the line under control.
12. Boot Dryer Rack
13. Gink Floatant
What makes a great indicator? For me its casting ability, floatation, and movable. These things do them all and are by far the best thing that has happen to nymphing since Pheasant Tails were invented.
15. Circle Hooks
16. Spinnerbait Lure
I hadn’t actually bought any factory spinner lures before these. Four out of ten came with tails, but I can always tie streamer tails and hackles on the hooks of the other six. Dental floss makes good streamer tails. It is absolutely rot-proof, inexpensive, and will easily take ink from waterproof “Sharpie” markers. I got a big package of those pens in all sorts of colors from Office Depot some years ago.