Choosing a Fly Fishing Rod


A good angler thinks before buying a fishing rod

The most important fishing gear you will need to choose for fly fishing is the fly fishing rod. The art of fly fishing is simple but it’s a precise one. When you cast towards a boil of a Bass or Trout, you want to be sure your rod will send your fly precisely where you want it to go, not too far away not too short. You also need to know that your fishing gear wont fail you when you go fishing in mountains or after a mile of hike.

Fly fishing is not a very easy way of fishing but it’s a simple one, but the world of fly fishing rods is not a simple one. For many years bamboo rods have been the rods of choice for fly fishing. In today’s fishing world, bamboo fly rods are considered vintage, classic and even collectible. Because with the increase in popularity of fly fishing and availability of technology the industry of fly fishing rods have boomed and changed the world of angling. As a result, you have a huge selection of different fly fishing rod to choose from.

Things to consider when choosing a fly rod

Most fishing rods today are made from carbon fiber or graphite also called fiber glass. Overall, you want a rod that will let you make precise casts to where you want to cast, will allow you to have control on your line in the water and will let you bring the fish to you. Often in tough water conditions fish will fight with a lion heart, will your rod be able to withstand the fight ? Considering all these, how to choose the right one ?

What fish are you targeting ?

When choosing a fishing rod the first thing to consider is what fish you are planning to go for. A trout will go for the bait differently than a bass. They will also fight differently. A fishing rod that will hold a crappy may not do well for a blue fish.

Where do you go fishing ?

Secondly, the locations where you mostly go fishing will also tell you what kind of rod to go for. If you do most of your fishing in smaller streams where you need precise, gentle and short casts, you should get full flex rod. These fishing rods are more flexible than other rods and will allow you to take short but precise casts. It will also let you feel the fish more when hooked.

If you mostly go fishing in larger streams, you might want to go for a stiff rod. But if your budget doesn’t allow you or simply you don’t want to have too many rods for different fishing purposes, you should go for a medium flex fishing rod. It will give you the flexibility for short casts and will also give you the necessary stiffness for a good fight when you face a tough fish or fish gets into a difficult spot. As this rod is in between full flex rod and stiff rod it will give you the necessary sensitivity on the line and also you will be able to cast with it more precisely and farther than a full flex rod. This is in fact the most popular type of fly fishing rod.

A “fast action” or stiffer rod is good for tougher waters, heavy windy conditions, big river or fishing in the sea.

Whatever fishing rod you get for your angling needs, make sure you get the right fishing line and the right backer line to go with them.