Fly fishing is an incredible sport that can be extremely rewarding, but also very expensive. This guide is meant to help those looking to get into fly fishing, find the right rod and reel setup.

Orvis Fly Fishing Encounter Fly Rod & Reel Outfit

Price: $143.99 – $175


This rod and reel combo is affordable, and made by one of the top fly fishing companies out there, Orvis. They don’t put out any bad products, so you can be assured high quality. This is Orvis’ top beginner fly fishing outfit that is ready to go out of the box. Great reviews, great feel, and the rod and reel match up perfectly. 5-Weight 8.5 or 9 foot choice, so it is a good fit for nearly all situations.

Honestly, this is probably the best rod and reel starter combo available.


  • Top Company
  • Highest Quality for the money (hands down)
  • Great balance of rod and reel

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L.L. Bean’s Quest II Fly Rod and Reel Combo

(I own this one so I might be biased) This might be one of the best rod and reel combos out there. L.L. Bean makes some high quality rods that don’t break the bank…oh and don’t forget the lifetime warranty (update: 1 year warranty now).

Personal Quest II Review

You definitely can’t go wrong with the rod alone, the reel alone, or the rod and reel combo. They are well balanced, high quality, and perform as well as much more expensive rods and reels. I still often use this rod and reel years later for situations where a 5-6 weight rod make sense.

Price: $109-$149


This fly rod is balanced with the fly reel. You can get it lined and ready to go, or order rod and reel seperately. You also have the choice between 2 and 4 piece if you would like a smaller case for it. This outfit also comes with a very protective case to carry the rod in. At such a low price point for the quality of the rod and reel, you cannot go wrong. Not only is it a great beginner and intermediate rod, but this rod is comparable to far more expensive rods.

You also have the option to get this in a 4-9 weight. I’d recommend 5 or 6 as this is the most versatile weight for many situations.


  • Extremely Well Balanced
  • Quality Line and Reel
  • 1 Year Warranty

LL Bean Quest II Fly Rod


Price: $95
This combo is great because it comes with everything you need, rod, reel, tippet, line, flies, rod case, and even a fly box. Not only does it come with all of this, but the rod and reel are both high quality, Don’t believe me? Amazon has an absurd amount of quality reviews coming from long time anglers, and beginners.
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Great Price
  • Highly Reviewed

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PLUSINNO Lightweight 4-Piece Rod & Reel with Rod Case (5-6#)

Price: $79.99


This combo slides in at a slightly lower cost without sacrificing too much on overall performance. If you end up getting addicted, you’ll be upgrading, but even when you do, this rod is a perfect backup. It will also allow you to learn to cast effectively. One of the best deals out there.


  • Great Case
  • Comes with fly box (not so great flies)
  • Solid rod and reel

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Redington Crosswater 690-4 Fly Rod Outfit (9’0″, 6wt, 4pc)

Price: $129
Redington produces some of the best low cost fly rods out there. All you need is some tippet and flies and your ready to go with a setup that could handle just about every fishing situation.
  • Comes with everything you need to get going
  • Great Carrying Case
  • Solid rod and reel

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What should you look for in a rod for a beginner?

You may notice that rods are labeled as fast action, medium or slow action rods. Many will say that medium to slow action rods are better for beginners as they are slightly easier to cast, and more forgiving if you make small mistakes. This is true! But don’t make it a deal breaker, a medium to fast rod is the most versatile, and you’ll get the hang of casting pretty quickly.

4-6 weight rods are the most versatile, allowing you to use them in almost any situation, whether you are going for small trout in mountain streams, or big bass in a pond, these rods can handle them. If you want to do some ocean fishing, go up a bit to at least a 7 weight.

A good warranty is nice. Companies like Orvis, Redington and L.L. Bean have great customer service and are willing to help out whenever possible.

Unsure of what reel to get? Check out our guide to choosing a fly fishing reel.


These reviews are based solely on my opinion. Though I do get a small affiliate income when a purchase is made from this site on Amazon, all products were chosen as I felt they were the best fits for beginners to get into fly fishing. Please contact us if you have any additional input or thoughts on this! Thanks for reading, and I hope you end up loving fly fishing as much as I did when I bought my first outfit.