Fly fishing is a less mainstream but still very popular form of fishing. It’s also one of the more physically active. If you choose to wade through hip deep water, the connection with the sport and nature is as strong as it gets.
When people begin equipping themselves for any form of angling, the rod is always one of the more obvious places to start and with good reason.
The primary purposes of the rod are: to deliver the fly to where the fish are, striking and setting the hook, fighting and bringing in the fish and finally actually landing the catch.
But before shopping for a fly fishing rod there are a few key points to bear in mind which we will look at over the rest of this article.
What and Where?
For fly fishing you need to know which type of fishing you will be doing: Salmon, Trout, Pike etc. and the type of water on which you will be fishing.
To choose a rod you need to first start with the fish and then work backwards along the equipment trail before finally arriving back at the rod.
Fly and Line
The first point of contact with the fish is the fly. This is what catches their attention and the start of the whole interaction between man and fish.
Fly design is specific to the breed of fish based on what they are eating in the wild. It’s always a good idea to try at least a couple of different fly’s designed for the fish that you are catching to gain your own personal results.
At this point, you should know what type of fish you are after and have a fly lure identified. The next is to match the fly to a relevant line.
Choose a line compatible with the fly and the intended water depth at which you will be fishing. The product descriptions should make it easy to match things up.
Finally – the Rod
Each rod comes with a rating for the type of line it can handle. To get the most bang for your buck, try to find a rod that is compatible with additional line/fly combinations than which you initially identified.
Rods tend to fall under 3 categories:
- Through Action Fly Rods: soft, slow and smooth. Easier to cast. Ideal for short line fishing.
- Medium Action Fly Rods: slightly stuffer than through action. The best all-rounder.
- Fast Action Fly Rods: designed for distance and accuracy. Suitable for those with greater casting skill.
Fly fishing rod models in each category are also available in different lengths. Rod length can come down to individual preference as well as the water where likely to be used.
Ideally the least joints the better – but it may not always be the most practical solution as transportation can get complicated.
The final consideration is going to be budget, which should ultimately lead to the overall quality of: the rings, butt, durability. With a lifetime guarantee, you can get yourself additional piece of mind.