imageFishing Rods, Tackle, and Clothing: How Much Does it Cost to Go Fishing?


Fishing can be a hobby that you do from time to time. You go out with a couple of friends once a month, catch a couple of fish, fry them on fire, and don't think about it until the next trip. A pleasant stay, an opportunity to diversify life and be out of nature.


In addition, Fishing can be a gambling sport. Trips to different parts of the country for bigger fish, a large number of professional tackle and a thirst to catch fish larger than last time.



Depending on your goals, you need to select fishing rods and everything else accordingly. Why do you need a spinning rod for $1,000 if you get it a couple of times a year? Of course, if you have extra money, then why not? But, in fact, it does not carry any other function.


Just as it is not possible to be good and, most importantly, successful fisherman if your equipment is not good enough and not suitable enough. No one conquers Elbrus with hiking equipment.


Fishing Gear: How Are They Different?


When choosing gear, people often indicate the maximum amount they are willing to spend and the fish they want to catch. Understandably, some people don't want to invest heavily in something they've never done before and prefer to play it safe by investing based on their current experience level. While buying by price alone can be a limiting factor in gear purchases, the attributes of inexpensive gear can cause people to stop Fishing. Some aspects of quality and performance are offered at a higher price, so there is a possibility of disappointment if the equipment offered at a lower price does not live up to expectations.


There are four factors to consider when choosing gear:


Quality. It determines how gear is designed and manufactured, the material and components used in the construction, as well as the means and production process.


Performance. It affects how components act and perform, such as action, recovery, damping, precision, versatility, and feel.


Value. This is a more subjective category. It depends on whether the cost of the component justifies what you get by buying it.


Price. It largely depends on how often, for how long, and when you intend to use the equipment. In this regard, several categories can be distinguished.


Price Categories:


  • Budget Class: Typically $75 to $175 per component.
  • Moderate Class: Usually $200 to $500 per component.
  • Legacy Class: This category is for components costing between $600 and $1,500 each.
  • Heirloom Class: These are very specific components that may require highly specialized prices that typically exceed $1,500.


Average Cost of Fishing Equipment


Price is, of course, a determining factor for many people. However, when choosing fishing equipment, cheap and low-quality goods can completely discourage the desire to do this. So it's worth it to be smart about buying gear, especially since you can really save money on some components without harming yourself.


Budget Class

When buying budget gear, you need to be careful and not hesitate to consult with experts. There are several inexpensive options that will be a good purchase.



  • The Echo Lift Fly is a medium-action rod that doesn't offer a lot of frills but offers accuracy and reliability. Price: Around or slightly over $100.
  • The Redington Classic Trout is a moderate action rod that gives you the feel but without the high price tag. Price: just over $150.
  • The Temple Fork Outfitters Signature II is a good progressive caster. Price: $150.



  • Orvis Battenkill reels - both latch and pawl and disc - are a good option at a budget price. Price: $100 to $150.
  • The Lamson Liquid reel is a series of cone clutches with high quality and performance. Price: $125 to $160.
  • The Redington Rise reel is lightweight, with adjustable drag and a large mandrel. Price: $175 to $200.


Moderate Class

Mid-range components will certainly provide better performance than those listed above. Here are some time-tested ones:



  • The Sage Foundation is a versatile rod that excels in quality. Price: $425
  • Made in the USA, the Scott Flex rod defies range and delivers precision. Price: $475
  • The G.Loomis IMX Pro rod features fast action, premium components, and great performance. Price: $550.



  • Orvis Hydros is a light and narrow reel with Orvis Mirage technology and aluminum construction. Price: $250 to $300.
  • The Ross Animas reel has a stunning look and incredible resistance and is maintenance-free. Price: $350.
  • The Sage Trout reel has a classic style with modern innovation. Price: $400.


Legacy Class

If you're buying tackle in this price range, you're most likely an experienced fisherman. And, most likely, you have already tested enough gear and chosen the right ones for you. However, here are some high-quality examples:



  • The Sage Sonic rod delivers accuracy, feel looks, and top-notch performance. Price: $650.
  • Thomas and Thomas Paradigm has been presenting dry flies with incredible accuracy for over 20 years. Price: $900.
  • G. Loomis Asquith is considered one of the best rods on the market. This premium rod comes at a premium price. Price: from 1150 to 1400 dollars.



  • The Bauer RX reel is not only beautiful but also as strong as a nail. Price: $650 to $1,000.
  • The Hardy Fortuna Z 6000 reel has 30 pounds of stopping power wrapped in indestructible leather. Price: $700.
  • The Abel SDF reel is an artistic masterpiece with hundreds of personalized options available, not to mention flawless performance. Price: from 750 to 2100 dollars.


Heirloom Class

Tackles in this class are often made individually, from certain materials, or as limited collections. For example, a bamboo rod can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the setup. A disposable graphite rod can cost $2,500. In turn, the non-standard reel can be not only decorated with engraving and inscription but also can be decorated with precious metals and precious stones.








Captain Phil Kelley

Lakefront Marketing LLC
P.O. Box 325

Tavares, FL 32778