The absolute essential is the correct rod, which needs to feel almost like an extension of the fisherman. For the fly fisherman there are a number of special offers such as the Shakespeare rods, some of which are half price and some of which are available with free fishing line. For those fly fishermen who like to partake of their sport in other parts of the world there is the highly recommended option to buy travel rods which break down into a number of parts and can be safely stored in a rigid container to protect against damage whilst travelling.
The technology involved in fly fishing spools is almost space-age with no detail being ignored in order to make a spool that is smooth and responsive. Of equal importance and technological advancement are the nylon lines used, these need to be thin enough in order to outwit the fish and strong enough to ensure that when hooked the fish can be landed successfully.
All of the good work in making sure that you have the best rod, spool and line will all be for nought if the lure is not right for the conditions. John Norris of Penrith (http://www.johnnorris.co.uk) have a bespoke service to ensure that you can buy the right lure for the fishing that you are going to be undertaking.
You now have the basic equipment to go fly fishing but there is so much more tackle available to make the sport easier from knives to baits by way of nets and tackle boxes and this is before you get to the equipment that makes life on the bank or even in the river that much more manageable.
For the fly fisherman who will be spending long hours waist deep in a freezing river it is essential that your waders are not just waterproof but that the neoprene will keep you warm for the whole fishing trip.