The basics

Basic equipments

Introduction to the equipment you will need for salmon fishing

Basic equipment

To fish for salmon, you need certain basic equipment. Here are some of the things you will typically use:



Here is an idea of the estimated budget needed for entry-level equipment.

Fly rod kit with reel, line, etc. 200 $
Leader 10 $
A dozen flies 60 $
Waders 250 $
Wading boots 150 $
A right of access* ±50$

* Average cost of rights of access in the public sectors.


Additional equipment

Here is a list of additional equipment that may be useful on your salmon fishing trips:

  • Waterproof bag
  • Polarized sunglasses 
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • PFD (especially if you are fishing from a boat)
  • Wading staff (if you have difficulty crossing the river)
  • Cooler


Be prepared! The weather can be unpredictable on the river.

Here is a list of clothing to plan for your outings:

  • Hat
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Thermal underwear (first layer) adapted to the weather
  • Sun shirt
  • Warm sweater  
  • Lightweight down coat or similar type of jacket
  • Comfortable pants
  • Spare socks
  • Gloves
  • Tuque