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As I have mentioned in a previous article regarding fly fishing equipment, the cost of the gear can quickly add up. Luckily for you, dear reader, I believe that we all could benefit from some time on the river—which is why I put together a list of fly fishing combos that fall under $100.

Whether you’re new to the sport, buying for someone else, or wish to replace some old gear, give the list below a look and get ready to get on the water.

Hook & Barrel’s List of Fly Fishing Combos Under $100

Redington Crosswater Complete Fly Outfit – $89.97

Redington Crosswater Complete Fly Outfit

The Redington Crosswater Complete Fly Outfit is perfect for beginner fly anglers and can be used in all water conditions. This rod has a medium-fast action and a lightweight aluminum reel seat. The sturdy polymer construction possesses a smooth, reliable disc drag system and comes pre-spooled with Rio Mainstream WF fly line.

Shakespeare Cedar Canyon Premier Fly Fishing Combo Kit – $85.95

Shakespeare Cedar Canyon Premier Fly Fishing Combo Kit

The Shakespeare Cedar Canyon Premier Fly Fishing Combo Kit comes as ready to hit the water as you are straight out of the package. The 4-piece graphite fly rod, pre-spooled fly reel with backing, line, and leader, and flies were made to work together in both freshwater and saltwater. Anglers will appreciate the assortment of flies with the included six-compartment fly box.

White River Fly Shop Dogwood Canyon Fly Outfit – $79.99

White River Fly Shop Dogwood Canyon Fly Outfit

The White River Fly Shop Dogwood Canyon Fly Outfit is a perfect setup for beginner fly anglers thanks to its anodized aluminum reel seat that yields optimal balance as the angler becomes more adept. The reel’s multi-disk drag system slows down and goes toe-to-toe with hard-fighting fish. The strong solid-aluminum engineering withstands seasons of use and boasts a modern large-arbor design for decreased line memory and fast line retrieval. Righties and lefties will be pleased to know that the reel converts from a left- to right-hand retrieve. Lastly, the reel is pre-loaded with 20-lb. backing and weight-forward floating fly line.

Hobbs Creek Fly Combo – $39.99

hobbs creek fly combo

If you’re budget-conscious with your fly fishing gear, then the Hobbs Creek Fly Combo is the perfect choice. Not only is it incredibly affordable, it’s also easy to use. The size of the fly reel can be paired with a variety of techniques using dry flies and nymphs. Its durable nylon construction can take on the occasional drop and its multi-disk drag system is prepared to take on hard-fighting fish. The fly reel comes pre-loaded with 100′ of 5-wt. floating fly line, 65 yards of 20-lb. backing, and a 9′ 4X leader.

The fly rod itself boasts a generous action to help hone casting skills, perfect for the angler just starting out. The 3-piece graphite blank has a reverse full-wells cork handle, nylon reel seat, single stripping guide, and stainless steel snake guides.

White River Fly Shop Bighorn Fly Outfit – $79.98

White River Fly Shop Bighorn Fly Outfit

Last but certainly not least, is the White River Fly Shop Bighorn Fly Outfit. The rod has been engineered with strong-yet-sensitive 24-ton carbon graphite. The Bighorn blanks meet GI technology standards with a moderate action that’s perfect for beginner and intermediate fly anglers. Included is a lightweight aluminum reel seat, chrome snake guides, zirconium-ring stripping guides, stainless steel tip top, stainless steel hook keeper, and a contoured cork handle.

The rod is paired with the Prestige II large-arbor reel which offers a sturdy disc drag, brings the line back quickly, and reduces line memory.

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