Over the course of six months, we spent a combined 45 days with the latest angling gear, casting our lines and sinking our boots into different waters and conditions. After wade fishing in both Washington's Yakim River and Idaho's Kelly Creek, and raft fishing on the Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon, we whittled down our selection to the starter-angling gear seen here. Launch Gallery >>
The Flies You Need
Fly: Royal Wulff
For: Rainbow trout
Why? For more than 80 years, this dry fly has fooled finicky rainbows.
Fly: Yellow Stimulator
For: Cutthroat trout
Why? This large, buggy fly mimics the hearty meals that most trout seek.
Fly: Sneaky Pete Popper
For: Large- and smallmouth bass
Why? Dragged across the water, it resembles the big surface scuttlers that bass eat.
• Remote & Refined