One important part of fly fishing is the rod, and this is where the fly line is attached. A fishing rod, or also called the fishing pole, is always associated with the sport called angling. Choosing the right rod for your fly fishing experience is very important. Moreover, the right combination of reel and rod also matters heavily as well.

Rod Length

Its length typically ranges from as short as 6 ft to as long as 13 ft. More importantly, the length of your rod makes a difference as well, depending on what type of fishing location you are in. Rods less than 8 feet long are good for tight, narrow places and areas with overhanging trees. In contrast, eight to nine foot rods are ideal for trout and bass fishing in open areas where you can get casting distance. In addition, anything nine feet and over is for wide open waters and long distance casts. You can also use a nine foot and above rod for fishing from a float tube.

Rod Weight

Aside from the length, fly fishing rods are measured by their weight. The fly rod comes in several sizes (weights), you have choices between the #0 sizes to the #16 ones. Similarly to the rod length, firstly, you’ll have to decide first what size of species you want to catch. Secondly, the type of water condition where you’ll be fishing. Thirdly, the wind and of course the weight of the line before selecting the the type of rod.

As a rule of thumb, the smaller the value of the weight, the smaller the fish it can catch. The #0 rods are usually used for the smallest species from freshwater, in contrast, the #16 rods are for larger ones on saltwater seas. For example, a fly rod of 0wt (zero weight) is enough to catch a small trout. On the other hand, for bigger types of fish such as a salmon, a fly rod of a heavier weight is used.

Some rods are multi-rated (i.e. 8-10 wt). These rods are good because they can handle a variety of situations, but you will sacrifice flexibility in the performance of the rod. A multi-rated rod is good for beginning fly fishermen because of it’s ability to adapt to various fishing scenarios.

Moreover, in selecting the type of rod you want to use for fly fishing, familiarize first the parts of it because unlike other types of rods, fly rods don’t have the usual handle extending just right below the reel although there are rods that have very little handle too. The reason for this is to prevent from any casting interference.

Types of Rods

There are several types of fishing rods to choose from but for fly fishing specifically, the rods are longer, thinner and more flexible. One reason why fly rods are meant to weigh light is because rods made like this are the only ones that can cast even the lightest fly. So, you have to realize that the overall characteristic of a fly rod should be lightweight. Moreover for casting, the line used works together with the weight of the rod, the weight of the line acts as a helper to how the rod is able to cast the fly.
In addition, fly rods weight is also important in determining the weight of the fly line that can be used with it. So a rod of 10wt requires a #10 line and could not use a line of a different size. There are rods which can accommodate a variety of weights but they tend to compromise performance for flexibility.

Rod Materials

Rods are made of three different materials: fiberglass, graphite, and bamboo. Firstly, fiberglass rods are the best choice for beginners. They are durable and considerably less expensive than the alternatives. Most fly fishing rods are made of fiberglass.

Secondly, graphite rods are a little more expensive, but they are lighter than fiberglass. They are better at casting than other rods and can handle many types of fishing situations. Graphite rods are strong so they’ll give you more fighting weight when trying to finish your catch.

bamboo fly fishing rod

Thirdly, bamboo is the traditional material used as a fly rod. It is prized by fly fishing enthusiasts for its surprising strength in typical conditions. Bamboo rods were the earliest rods used in the sport of fly fishing. Today, bamboo rods are quite expensive, but they are amazing strong and durable. These rods are suited for a slow, soft casting style associated with slow, leisurely fishing. Above all, bamboo rods are very graceful, but they can be difficult to handle in certain situations, so this is not a good choice for beginners.

It can be pricey though, which is why others choose rods made of alternative materials such as fiberglass and graphite. Therefore, the two are chosen for their durability (they are not prone to rusting) and performance (they are lighter compared to other materials).

In conclusion, these are the primary qualities you may want to take note of before getting yourself the fly rod you want. Don’t forget to make sure, above all else, that you are comfortable with the type of rod you will be using. Don’t get the extremely long rod if you can’t even handle it yourself. Put some thought into your fly fishing rod. While it’s not the only piece of gear that matters, it can be the one piece of gear that can help you bring in a monster fish or a baby fish. Think about what you want to accomplish on your fishing expedition and choose a rod that you help you achieve your goal.


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