Fly fishing is not a sport of necessities. It is a sport of preferences, credos, opinions and mystique. If you are just starting out or recently began an interest in the sport of fly fishing, then you need to learn the very basic in fly fishing which is choosing your rod. There are no right and wrong choices, if a fly rod does not make you happy, choose another fly rod. Consider also your budget, and then buy the best rod you can afford. Before jumping too far with the details of choosing fly rod, first, you must know the following purposes of fly rod:
Now, that you know the purpose of fly rod, it is time to choose the type of fishes you will be fishing and where will you be fishing? Is it in freshwater or saltwater? Where you will be fishing affects the choice of fly rod you are going to use.
You need to choose a fly rod with a slow, medium, medium-fast, or fast action. The fly rod’s “action” is a term that has been applied variously to the stiffness, speed of “recovery”, and tendency to flex in specific areas. Do not choose slow action rod or an ultra-fast rod for your all-rounder. Rods with medium, medium-fast, or fast actions are toward the middle of the action spectrum: not too stiff, not too soft. Medium-fast rods, are universally easy to cast and a joy to fish. Fast action rod is best for fishing in larger and windy rivers. Slow action fly rod are very flexible, ideal for fishing in small streams where you have to use stealth to track down fish. Then, decide if you need a 3 or 4- piece rod, to stuff inside a suitcase, strap onto a backpack, or carry on the plane. Or whether a 2-piece rod, which you may leave strung up for the entire season. Choose what is more convenient for you.
Now that you have an idea of choosing your fly rod and you have decided what you want to pay, it is time to look closely at the offerings of the various manufacturers. Once you have determined which manufacturers make the type of rod you are looking for in the price range you are comfortable with, head down to the local fly fish shop and begin casting the various brands, or better yet, check out some of these great links:
Sage Fly Rods
Hardy Fly Rods
G. Loomis Fly Rods
Redington Fly Rods
TFO Fly Rods
Winston Fly Rods