The Top Selling Fly Fishing Item On

I'm an junkie. My wife signed our family up for Amazon Prime a year or two ago and I just haven't looked back since. Honestly, it's just so much easier to have something show up at your door in 2 days then drive wherever to find whatever. Every single Christmas present I bought for someone else came from Amazon. is crazy, because I work for a (competing) e-commerce company myself.

My doorstep, every 3rd day...

Anyway, I never really thought to use Amazon to acquire fly fishing gear besides maybe know the mantra, "support your local fly shop"...but I was curious to see what they offered.  You can find some random, yet familiar items and brands via their marketplace, but most of it is a hodgepodge of gobbledygook.

Do you know what the #1 selling fly fishing item (non book) on Amazon is?

An Eagle Claw fly rod?
Budget Scientific Anglers fly line?
A generic Kenyan-tied fly assortment?
Maybe nippers...or tippet spools...or hooks?

How about this beauty...

Four Stars of E-Glass & EVA Foam fury

I'm not going to knock a "starter outfit," as we all get our starts somewhere and not everyone can sling a Sage, but I do find it odd in reading the customer reviews that the kit includes fly line and a leader...but umm...has no backing? They must not expect you to get into any fish that might take any line, but whatever...what does one expect for $21.99? (Besides about 10 or 11 gallons of gas, something I never thought I'd ever write). I sort of want to pick one up as the ultimate "beater" rod.

Somewhat coincidentally, I stumbled upon THIS press release the other day recapping the highlights of Amazon's holiday season and found it to be an extremely interesting read. Their most popular Outdoors items over the holidays probably weren't what you'd think they were either. A personal water filter, a thermal blanket, and hand warmers. I guess the Crystal River combo didn't rank...


  1. I like Amazon, too. I buy more than I should there. The backing thing? I never use it. The reason for backing is to fill up the reel so each turn of the handle brings in more line (per turn) and in case you get a large fish that tries to rob you of your fly line. I guess I've never needed that kind of thing, so maybe the beginners buying this set up don't either? I dunno. I wouldn't try to go after bonefish with it. (There's a blog post idea for ya. :) ) - I have used Crystal River fly boxes before. They're ok. I once bought a Crystal River reel cover that's been good and it was uber cheap, too. Walmart used to carry their stuff. Not sure if they still do or not. Good post today....I'm gonna have to check out that press release, too...

    1. If I hadn't bought that broomstick tenkara rod for the same type of reason (to try to break it), I could definitely see myself picking up that rod and trying to get a redfish. Not saying would, but it'd be a challenge.

  2. I enjoyed this post. The doorstep pic cracked me up! I suppose the lack of backing wouldn't be an issue in small creeks as intended for. No, I wouldn't take it to the Henry's Fork! = )

    1. I don't think it's a small creek rod, it's a 6/7 weight. Either way, I probably wouldn't take it to the Henry's Fork either, although I'd love to see somebody do it and try to handle a running fish.

  3. I want my doorstep to look like that every three days. Like Christmas. I have backing on all reels, but have never gotten that far down. We've had Prime for several years too and I tend to shop there first and then if they don't have what I want, I go elsewhere.

    1. Pretty much any commodity item, our family now gets through Prime. It's crazy. The problem is what to do with all of the boxes!

  4. It's a 6/7 weight because it cast like a tent pole. My first rod was a starter kit like this. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to learn to cast. I kept thinking "This is why fly casting is an art. It really is incredibly difficult." Then I bought a decent rod and was amazed at how much better I was at casting.

    I'd almost say that learning on a starter kit like this is a detriment because it makes learning to cast to difficult.

    1. I noticed many saying the same in the comments. It was either love, or intense hate. I'd agree that there are probably other rods available that would give you much better feedback as a beginning fly caster at $50 or less...just maybe not the whole kit...if you had to go the bargain route. Heck, Owl Jones highlighted a Cabelas rod for $30 on his Fishlicker blog the other day, seemed like a steal... But you can't get it on Amazon Prime. :(

  5. Not to mention that the rod is right hand retrieve and may not be switchable ( a lot of low end starter reels cannot be changed to left hand retrieve). So for the majority of people who cast right handed they will need to change hands when they want to reel in.



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