Ultra Light Fishing Budget Gear Guide

LRF Essential Kit List

As a passionate ultra light angler I’m keen to introduce people to the wonderful world of LRF  (light rock fishing).   

I know first hand it can be a daunting task understanding what to buy and what not to buy when first starting out.   To help people that are new to the hobby I’ve provided an essential kit list.

Ultra Light fishing is a wonderful hobby and with the list below I’m going to prove getting started doesn’t need to break the bank!

The list consists of quality gear that will get you started at a low price.    All items are available on Amazon.

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HTO Urban Finesse

The HTO Urban Finesse 0.5g to 5g provides amazing value for money.  This incredible rod is capable of casting tiny lures and catching big fish.   I cannot stress enough how great this rod is.  

HTO Rockfish 1g to 7g

I also own and highly recommend the HTO rockfish. Slightly cheaper than the urban finesse and not quite as “nice”, but still an outstanding value rod which is capable of landing decent sized fish.


Shimano FX 1000 FC

This is a great little budget reel.   I’ve landed some huge fish on mine and have no complaints.  The reel represents great value for money.  


Diawa J Braid

Diawa J Braid 0.06mm 9lbs is a quality braid which is forgiving , affordable and perfect for the begginer.



Verms and Isome are my favourite artificial baits to to use. Isome catch a variety of fish and vermz being my favourite are my go to for big bass.   Best thing about them is they are really cheap and can be reused.  I tend to use buy a packet of each which lasts me all year.

Vermz Sandworms


Find a selection of small rubber lures. This is where you can experiment and find out what works in your area. Paddle tails, and G Tails are always a good starting point. Eco Gear are one of my favourite more premium brands, but some of my most successful lures are ones I’ve bough for cheap from places like eBay and Ali express.

A cheap white paddle tail on a size 8 hook
My favourite bass lure a white bugsy g tail from Ali express

Bits and Bobs


You don’t need a lots of tackle for ultra light fishing but hooks are an essential piece of kit.  I   recommend buying a variety of hooks ranging from size 8 to 14 (I use 14 the most).   I recommend kamasan hooks.

Jig heads

Along with regular hooks jig heads are another essential item.  They come in all shapes, hook sizes and weights.   I recommend a size 8 hook to get started.

HTO light game jig heads are my favourite

Split Shot

Another essential item than has a variety of uses.   I mainly use them for split Shot rigs and a cheap dropshot weight alternative.  A must have item for sure.

Other items to consider

Although essential items I don’t  feel like it’s nessesary to recommend any of the below items as they mainly come down to personal preference.

  • Landing net
  • Small bits boxes
  • A rucksack/bag
  • Head torch/flashlight

Final thoughts

I truly hope I’ve inspired you and you now realise you don’t need to spend a lot of money to start ultra light fishing.

Ultra light fishings a a truly wonderful hobby.  No other type of fishing has ever filled my with so much joy as ultra light.

If you’ve not started yet, I urge you to take the plunge and discover how addictive it is for yourself.

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3 thoughts on “Ultra Light Fishing Budget Gear Guide

  1. The HTO Urban Finesse 0.5g to 5g – I can’t seem to get this rod in the whole of the UK or indeed, in the world. Have they stopped making them. No one has them. Have you got a secret supplier I should know about ?

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