How do I choose a fly rod?
Your first rod should be versatile, but also appropriate for the water you’ll fish most often. Virtually all fly fishing guides agree that a 9′ rod for 5-weight line is the most versatile trout rod in the world. If you’re likely to fish a mix of lakes, creeks and rivers, a 9′ 5-weight is a no brainer first rod.
How do I know what size fly rod I need?
Fly Rod Length
- Get 9 feet if you need to make long casts, use a heavy fly line or fish frequently in the wind.
- Get 8.5 feet for general, all-around fly fishing in a wide variety of conditions.
- Get 8 feet or less for the precise and short casts needed when small stream fishing.
What should I look for when buying my first fly rod?
I suggest you start at the fish and work your way back. This will help you determine the strength and length of the rod you’ll need, the size of the flies you’ll be using, the weight of the fly line and the type of reel.
What fly rod weight should I get?
Fly Rod Selection Chart
|Fly Rod Weight||What Kind of Fish|
|2-3 Weight||Panfish and Small Stream Trout|
|4-6 Weight||Great all purpose fly rod for Trout and Small Bass|
|7-8 Weight||Larger freshwater Bass, Pike and Steelhead|
|9-10 Weight||Salmon, Striped Bass and Snook|
What is a 4wt fly rod good for?
It not only makes an awesome lighter general-purpose trout rod, but it’s also appropriate for applications like light-duty bass and carp fishing. Saltwater anglers could even find uses for a 4-weight on species like small bonefish and snook.
What size fish can you catch on a 5-weight fly rod?
In short, 5-weight fly rods are widely considered to be the best all-around choice for anglers; and for good reason. From making delicate casts on small mountain streams, to fighting 20-inch trout on larger rivers and lakes, 5-weight fly rods are versatile enough to handle a wide range of fly fishing scenarios.
How far can you cast a 5-weight fly rod?
We don’t normally ask a 5-weight to cast 70 feet and beyond, but the best Power Rods, with an expert caster at the controls, can easily cast all the line – 90 to one 100 feet. But this also requires an angler to double-haul well and form good, tight back cast loops.
How many fly rods do you own?
I suggest two rods, a 5-weight and an 8-weight, both 4-piece, 9-foot graphite rods, can meet 90 percent of likely fishing situations. Fly rods are rated by the weight of the line they cast, the higher the number, the heavier the rod.
What weight fly rod is best for trout?
The weight of the fly rod (which means what weight fly line you plan on using) will vary depending on what you fish for. But for trout fishing, generally a 4-weight, 5-weight or 6-weight rod is best.
How much should I spend on my first fly rod?
For a new fly rod alone, you should expect to spend a minimum $150. Many manufacturers carry decent lower-priced rods in that price range. That said, as a beginner, you may want to purchase a rod/reel combo. If so, you should be prepared to spend around $175 to $250.
How far can you cast a 6 weight fly rod?
Many trout fishing casts are under 30 feet and 60 feet is about as far as you would ever actually cast in a real life fishing scenario. We didn’t even let anyone cast beyond 60 feet even though some of these rods can easily shoot out to 100 feet when in the hands of a competent caster.
What does it mean by #9 rod?
Most rods are around 8.5 feet to 9 feet in length. The 9 foot length is the classic fly rod length offering a good combination of smooth casting without being too long. This works best for most situations. However if you are mostly fishing small streams with lots of brush then a shorter length will serve you best.
What size fly rod for small rivers?
Small streams, brooks and close in fly fishing, a short fly rod between 6ft and 8ft long would normally be ideal. For general river fishing and small stillwater’s, rods between 8ft and 9ft 6in are normally used. Then for the large rivers, reservoirs and so on, fly rods about 9ft to11 ft are normal.