Fly Rods - Buyers Guide
There are few things more confusing to new anglers than shopping around
for a fly rod. For better or for worse, high technology has struck the
fly rod market. And with it has come a wild assortment of high-tech sounding
names, none of which make much sense to new anglers.
So, in an effort to break free of this confusion, I've prepared this
buyers guide to fly rods. Hopefully, after reading all of this, you'll
walk away with a better idea of what kind of fly rod to get, and why.
If you would like to spare yourself some reading, I've listed some quick
recommendations below on features most beginner anglers will want to
look for when shopping for a fly rod.
Quick Recommendations of Fly Rod Features (for beginners)
- For new anglers, get a medium-action fly rod. They are the most
versatile of fly rods and are pretty forgiving to learn on. If you
want to know more about fly rod action, read the guide.
- Rod length, for trout fishing, should be around 8.5 to 9 feet in
- The weight of the fly rod (which means what weight fly line you plan
on using) will vary depending on what you fish for. But for trout fishing,
generally a 4-weight, 5-weight or 6-weight rod is best. I personally
prefer a 4-weight, but thats just me. A 5-weight rod is probably the
most versatile, though.
- Make absolutely sure that the weight of the fly rod matches the line
weight you plan on using. And likewise, make sure the weight of the
fly rod matches the weight of the fly reel you plan on using.
- IF that's confusing, remember this formula:
fly rod weight = fly line weight = fly reel weight.
- For new anglers, you don't need a $700 rod. However, you'll shoot
yourself in the foot with a $100 rod too. Get something in the mid-range
in terms of price. This way, you'll have use of this rod for many years
with no worries of quickly "outgrowing" it.
- Here's some good brands of fly rods :
Cabela's, Orvis, Sage, G. Loomis,
Winston, Redington, Fenwick, Scott & St. Croix.
- The above llist is by no
means exhaustive. Many other fine fly rods do exist. These are just
the ones I'm familiar
with. Choosing one of the mid-priced rods in any of those above brands
will prevent you the new angler from buying something that you quickly
outgrow and later regret buying.
- Plan on traveling alot? If so, consider getting a fly rod that breaks
down into 4 or more pieces - they are far easier to pack around. These
rods are frequently called "Travel Rods", appropriately enough.
On the next page we'll just right into the details of selecting a fly rod.
We'll cover all sorts of "fascinating" details about fly rods - if you
are of the mind to learn it.
But even if you're not, knowing this stuff can indeed be helpful. After
all, sooner or later you're gonna meet someone on the stream who is very
impressed with has new and expensive fast action fly rod. You can then
launch into the goods and bads of using fast-action rods - most certainly
impressing your almost certain new fly fishing partner.
So, onward...to the next page where we dive into detail about How
to Select a Fly Rod .
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