With fly fishing gaining popularity every day, more and more fly fishing rods are available on the market. With all the different brands and styles, wading through the selection can be overwhelming. Colour and design are a matter of personal preference, but beyond that there are numerous things to consider when buying a new rod. Here are some of the things to think about.
Fly fishing rods are generally made from either fibreglass or graphite. Fibreglass rods are the more popular choice, especially for beginners. These versatile rods are relatively inexpensive and quite durable. Graphite rods are more expensive but lightweight. They also allow more accurate casts in any situation.
The amount of flexibility that a fly fishing rod has is called the “action”. The more it bends, the slower the action. Beginners should certainly choose a medium-action rod. They’re easy to handle and are good for both short and long-range casting. Fast-action fly rods are much more stiff. While great for long-distance casts and reeling in large fish, they lack the accuracy that more flexible rods have. Most skilled fishermen prefer slow-action rods. Best at short distance casts, they supply the most accuracy of any rod, and catching a fish on one is very exciting thanks to their flexibility.
The length of a fly fishing rod is also important and affects the action of the rod. Rods are usually available anywhere from 1.8 to 4.5 meters long, with different lengths having different advantages depending on the situation. Short rods have less action than longer ones. A good medium-sized rod is the best bet for new fishermen, and is the most popular choice for experts as well. Two to three meters (eight to nine feet) is a good choice for anyone. This length has the best mix of action, strength, and casting accuracy. If fishing in tight situations with heavy vegetation or in a small stream, a shorter rod is recommended. Conversely, fishing in most saltwater situations where long casts and big fish will be expected, a longer rod should be used.
This information should help you make an informed decision about which fly fishing rod is the best purchase for you. While you’ll likely end up with many rods over the course of your fly fishing adventures, knowing which one to use in each situation will help you get the most enjoyment out of your fishing trips.