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Best fly rods?

Postby Mike Brooks » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:00 pm


The selection of a fly rod doesn't have to be confusing to the beginner or laborious to the angler who just wants to keep things simple. Your first rod should be a nine foot #5 weight. You can cover the widest range of situations with this size rod. You will find, however, as your curiosity about fly fishing for trout grows, that the least specialized tackle is not always the most appropriate.

We believe that the second, third and fourth generation graphite rods from Sage, Winston, Scott, St. Croix and Redington all have proven reliability and are easy to cast with. This selection covers a wide range of prices. By and large you get what you are willing to pay for.

The following can be used as a general reference for size and use selection:

#2 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered to be ultra, ultra light
~ Highly specialized for fishing tiny flies and very light tippets
~ Great for spooky fish where delicate presentation is the most important factor
~ Makes little fish seem bigger
~ Works best at short to medium ranges with flies under size #16
#3 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered ultra light
~ Generally fits all the specifications of #2 weight rods for delicate presentation but the larger line mass is easier to time while casting and allows longer casts
~ Comfortable with flies up to size #14
#4 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered light
~ Very popular size for spring creeks and mountain streams
~ Works well with 2 - 6 pound tippets, and fly sizes #12 to #20
~ Casts comfortably to ranges of 45 feet
#5 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered medium light
~ One of the most popular sizes for general trout fishing
~ Fishes tippets down to 2 pound test
~ Works well with tippets of 3 to 10 pound test
~ Works well with bushy dries up to size #6 or tiny emergers down to size #20
~ Casts comfortably to ranges of 60 feet with a size #12 fly
~ Feels good with mountain cutthroats or Alaska rainbows (9" to 5 lb.)
#6 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered medium weight
~ The most versatile size
~ Works well with tippets of 3 to 10 pound test
~ Casts bushy #4 dries to 50 feet easily and is delicate enough to fish flies down to size #18 effectively
~ Will throw #4 cork poppers or deer hair mice
~ Has enough line mass to deliver large weighted nymphs to 60 feet and #10 unweighted flies to 90 feet
#7 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered medium heavy
~ Useful where windy conditions prevail
~ Useful where exceptionally large flies are used
~ Useful where trout over five pounds are normal
~ Works poorly with tippets under 5 pound test
~ Works best with tippets of 6 to 12 pound test
~ Works best with flies #2 to #14
~ Has enough line mass to deliver #6 fly to the length of the fly line
#8 Weight Fly Rods
~ Considered heavy
~ Very useful where trout average 6 to 15 pounds
~ Will cast the largest trout flies
~ Compatible with the heaviest trout tippets
~ The best choice for very windy conditions
~ Will cast to the longest ranges
Nymph Rods
~ Long rods are best for line control
~ Light weight rods are best for sensitivity
~ 10' - #4 to #6 weight (our choice)
Dry Fly Rods
~ Casting accuracy prime factor
~ Smooth fast action
~ Delicate presentation
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Re: Best fly rods?

Postby Lizette » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:13 am

Always, determine the fly size you will be using for the fish you are targeting.
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