Rods

Fly Fishing Rods

Most people equate a Fly-fishing rod with only Trout, however you can fish for virtually every species of fish on the planet with a fly rod. I always tell anglers that your first Smallmouth Bass on the fly is a life-altering event. At its most basic, fly fishing equipment includes a fly rod, fly reel, and fly line. All these go hand-in-hand and complement each other.

You look at Fly rods a lot like a Golf club or a Tennis racquet. The rod you choose has everything to do with what you are trying to catch with it. The difference between a traditional fishing rod and a Fly-fishing rod is that a “Spinning rod” is designed to cast the weight of a lure or bait. A Fly rod is designed to cast the line not the fly, since a fly can have little to almost no weight to it, with the line being the weight in many cases. That’s why you will notice that Fly rods tend to be longer and have much more flex, especially in the tip section.

Fly rods are also extremely accurate in the hands of an accomplished angler. Sometimes, a species like a Bonefish or Permit requires a cast of over 60 feet and you need to land your fly in an area the size of a dinner plate for the fish to see it. Or a Trout that is holding only inches from an undercut bank won’t move laterally for your fly, so it needs to be cast in an exact location from 20 feet or more.

How Do I Choose a Fly Rod?

Before choosing the best fly fishing rods for you, you must first establish what type of fish you want to catch. The size and length of your fly rod depend on the fish. Larger and heavier fish require sturdier rods. Smaller fish require more accurate and delicate rods that focus on gentleness and precision. Fly rods are made from many different types of materials, too.

Before the evolution of graphite, rods were mostly made from split-cane bamboo. Bamboo rods are still made today as mostly an artisan type rod and are generally $1,000’s. An older Bamboo rod in original condition can fetch $10,000’s at an auction or at a show. But many of today’s modern Fly rods are made from extremely lightweight composite materials like thermoplastic resins, that have high strength-to-weight ratios.

What Is the Best Size Fly Rod For Me?

An easy rule of thumb is, the bigger the fish the bigger the rod.

Fly fishing rods are usually numbered from 1 to 14. The most common fly rod sizes are those between 3 and 9. Smaller rods are perfect for shallow waters and smaller fish, while larger sizes will be great if you plan on fishing for larger fish.

For small stream angling, you may prefer a size 6’ to 7’ fly rod for the better handling, maneuvering, and fishing these sizes provide. Most anglers choose rods that are 7 to 9’, which are adaptable to most fishing circumstances. Spey casting rods for larger river Salmon species are 2 handed and can be as long as 14’.

More recently the evolution of European or Competition fly-fishing has seen the length of smaller 2-4 weight rods become 10’ to 12’.

Size 14 rods are quite rare and normally only used in the open sea for big fish like tuna.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Fly Rod

The Method that You Are Going to Fish

Especially when it comes to fishing for Trout, anglers have four choices to present flies:

  • Nymphs imitate the larva or pupa stage of insects living on the bottom of the river.
  • Emerging insects are the pre-adult stage and may lie just below the surface of the water.
  • Adults or Duns are sitting on the surface waiting for their wings to form so they can fly away, or lie on the water laying eggs.
  • The last is what we call Steamer fishing, where we are using flies that imitate smaller trout or other types of smaller forage fish that live in mostly every river or lake that trot inhabit.

Fishing with small dry flies is best with a 3-5 weight rod, whereas fishing Nymphs or steamers might be best with a 5-7 weight rod.

What Flex Rod Do I Need?

Fly rods come in different flex types. These are fast, medium, and slow, which are basically terms that describe how the rod bends and flexes. These will sometimes also be referred to as tip flex (fast), mid-flex (medium), and full-flex (slow). When choosing the right fly rod to get started, some key differences need to be understood before purchasing:

  • Tip-flex rod or fast action is designed to start the casting motion with more speed. Therefore, it also helps to cast into the wind easier, cast heavier flies like Streamers, or roll-cast a double Nymph rig that has added weights and a Strike indicator. The one drawback to fast action rods is that there is less sensitivity in the rod, so fighting fish and hook setting can be an issue. When using lighter tippets there is a higher risk of breaking off fish or snapping off flies.
  • Mid-Flex rods are often the best rods for someone new to fly-fishing because they are more forgiving. You can achieve all your needs with a Mid-flex rod and they are much easier to learn to cast. They are also more sensitive when fighting fish, in that you are less likely to break off fish, especially when using lighter tippets. While they tend to land the flies on the water more delicately, they can still roll-cast a multiple fly nymph rig fairly easily. When setting the hook, they are less likely to snap off flies. The drawbacks are that they don’t cast as well in windy conditions and are not as effective when casting large Streamers.
  • Full-Flex Fly rods have more specific uses in Fly-fishing. Most often, Full-flex rods tend to be on the smaller weight end of the spectrum—1-3 weights. They are usually best when fishing nothing but dry flies and are very good at very delicate presentations. Fiberglass was once a primary component of all fly rods, but the slow action is now geared to more “Creeking Rods”. They are very soft when it comes to using very light tippets.

They can also make a 12-inch Trout feel like a 50-pound Tarpon. Many anglers have at least one “Creeking Rod” in their arsenal once they see the fun in fishing with them.

Fly Fishing Outfitters Offer a Wide Selection of Fly Rods

Your rod should be a pleasure to hold and accurate when casting. Delicacy and finesse are characteristics of the finest fly fishing rods.

We cater to every need, from the best fly fishing rods for beginners to professional rods. Find here your Orvis Fly rods, Redington Fly Rods, Temple Fork Outfitters, Freshwater Fly Rods, and Saltwater Fly Rods. Our brand selection extends from budget-friendly yet quality rods to the Orvis Bamboo Fly Rod, which is perfect for Orvis fly fishing thanks to its exceptional flexibility, balanced touch, and quality finish.

Visit our online shop and find fly fishing rods that have been crafted with perfect craftsmanship and total dedication to the sport.

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  • Clearwater 4 Piece Fly Rods – | Orvis

    $229.00$249.00

    The Orvis Clearwater rod series was completely redesigned from the ground in 2019 up by our Vermont rod designers. Everything has changed except the value. It’s still the best fly rod you can buy for the money, but with a significant upgrade in performance and looks in a comprehensive series that covers every angler from small stream addicts to Skagit slinging two-handers.  Without a doubt the Clearwater rods are the best quality rods in the entry level price point by far!  As guides we often find ourselves fishing our Clearwater’s more then any rods we own, just because of their versatility.  The 9FT 5WT rod is be most popular rod we sell.

    Each rod was designed with a purpose-built profile and action to handle the kind of fishing the rod model would be traditionally used for, from medium-action small stream rods to medium-fast freshwater rods and fast-action big game rods. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, there’s a Clearwater rod that’s perfect for your needs.

    With its updated design and superior performance, the Orvis Clearwater rod series is the perfect choice for any angler looking for the best value in a fly rod.

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    Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

  • Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod 6P

    $249.00

    Tuck a Clearwater Travel Rod in the car for those commutes when you can’t pass up a cast, or nestle it within your luggage for far-flung fishing adventures—these fly rods are meant for wandering. The Clearwater’s nomadic nature doesn’t leave you wanting for power. These 6-piece travel fly rods have backbone enough to cast hefty flies to mighty game fish, and then break down for the trek to the next body of water—whether it’s a dirt road or an ocean away. Tempt trout and light bass with a versatile Clearwater travel outfit that hops from small streams to bigger water, or satisfy your two-handed casting curiosity without breaking the bank. The Clearwater Travel Rod series is jam-packed with features that boost angling performance and convenience, at an incredible value.

  • Orvis Clearwater Rod/Reel Outfit

    $419.00

     

    Orvis clearwater Rod/Reel outfits are probably the best full outfits on the market for the money. Each rod is designed with a purpose-built profile and action to handle the fishing the rod would be traditionally used for, from medium-action small stream rods to medium-fast freshwater rods and fast-action big game rods.   Orvis’s industry leading warranty comes with all the clearwater rods.  If you break a section, Orvis will mail you a replacement section. meaning that you don’t ever have to send the rod back.  At most you are only down for as long as it takes to get a new section in the mail, often 3-5 business days.

    Clearwater rods are the staple of our 30 plus member guide staff as they are the most versatile rods in our fleet.  many of our staff fish their Clearwater’s as much as they do their Recons or H3’s just for that reason.  The clearwater is a entry level rod that fishes like it’s higher end counterparts.

    The Outfit includes the Clearwater 2 or Clearwater 4 Reel. A large arbor reel with an enclosed disc drag system that can withstand just about any fish your chasing.

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    has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. THAT’S THE ORVIS WAY.

  • Orvis Encounter Rod/Reel Outfit

    $198.00

    Instead of the term “entry level,” we prefer to describe our new Encounter rod outfits as “affordable awesomeness.” Built for the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind, the Encounter rod series combines state-of-the-art rod design with a smooth, crisp performance—packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel (size IV), weight-forward floating 8-wt. line, backing, leader, and rod/reel case. This solid 9′ 8-weight Encounter outfit has all the power and performance anyone could ask at a price that will have you wondering, what’s the catch? Backup or first big-game rod outfit, this is the finest you will ever buy at this price.

    The Encounter 5-Wt outfits packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel (size II), 5-wt. line, backing, leader, and a rod/reel case. The 8’6″ or 9′ 5-weight is the best all-around freshwater rod for trout and light bass fishing and is considered to be the perfect first rod for any fly angler. Small streams, big rivers, or ponds and lakes, this new 5-wt. Encounter rod outfit is the perfect answer to the question, “What’s the first rod I should buy?”. The 8’6″ Encounter outfit is the rod our shop staff recommends above all when getting your kids into the sport.  It’s a rod they will likely never outgrow.

    The Encounter 9′ 8 Wt. outfit is packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel (size IV), weight-forward floating 8-wt. line, backing, leader, and rod/reel case. This solid 9′ 8-weight Encounter outfit has all the power and performance anyone could ask at a price that will have you wondering, what’s the catch? Backup or first big-game rod outfit, this is the finest you will ever buy at this price.  It’s also the perfect backup compliment for when your traveling for saltwater species.

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    100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right.THAT’S THE ORVIS WAY.
  • Orvis Helios 3D Fly Rods – Lightest, Most Accurate Rods | Orvis

    $949.00$998.00

    At Orvis, we know that when it comes to fly fishing, accuracy and distance are paramount. That’s why we designed the Helios 3D fly rod to deliver pinpoint precision at impressive distances. With reduced vibration for a consistently crisp release, increased hoop strength for added power, and the ability to churn out precise casts in all sorts of conditions, the H3D is ready for anything. Whether you’re tackling big rivers or saltwater flats, this rod has the power and accuracy to get the job done. So put your trust in the Helios 3D and fish with confidence knowing that you’ve got the right tool for the task at hand.

    No cast is the same in fly fishing. The jar, stem, and condition variables are too large. Helios 3F and 3D are designed to significantly reduce variables to help you achieve your intended goal. No matter what happens behind you, the forward energy is sharply released through a narrow window created by a significant reduction in vertical and horizontal peak frequency.

    It’s a rifle in a musket world, and it self-corrects target throw variables with unprecedented accuracy.
    This accuracy was achieved with a strategically reinforced blank that is stronger but noticeably lighter than previous Helios rods. This increased edge strength prevents the blank from ovalizing when bending, dampens vibrations when the rod is unloaded and the line is released forward with significantly reduced sine waves…There’s more technical speak then you need to know here. Go test one for yourself and see and feel the difference.

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    To understand better the difference between the  3D and 3F, watch the video below.

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  • Orvis Helios 3F 4-P

    $949.00$998.00

    Orvis Helios 3F Fly Rods are the perfect choice for anglers who demand the very best from their equipment. These rods have been designed and built with absolute precision in order to deliver unrivaled performance on the water. From delicate dry fly presentations to battling big tarpon, the Helios 3F can do it all.

    The award-winning design of the Helios 3F has set a new standard for fly rod performance. These rods are incredibly accurate, and have the power and finesse to tackle any fish imaginable. The development process behind these rods was extensive, and every detail has been carefully considered in order to create a truly outstanding product.

    If you’re looking for a fly rod that will help you realize all of your fishing dreams, look no further than Orvis Helios 3F Fly Rods. These rods are simply the best on the market and will provide you with years of exceptional performance.

    To understand the difference between the Helios 3F and 3D

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    Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

  • Orvis Recon Freshwater fly rods – ORVIS

    $598.00

    If you’re an avid angler who’s always on the lookout for new fishing spots, you’ll need a fly rod that can keep up with your adventurous spirit. The Orvis Recon fly rod is designed for anglers who love to explore and are always looking for a new challenge. With its high-performance feel, lightness in hand, and close-in loading ability, the Recon is the perfect rod for anglers who want to push their boundaries.

    And thanks to H3 construction techniques, the Recon is also more accurate than ever before. Whether you’re casting for trout in a pristine mountain stream or chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys, the Orvis Recon fly rod has the power and precision to help you land the big one. So don’t settle for anything less than the best—pick up an Orvis Recon fly rod today and see what you’ve been missing.

    Proudly made in the USA by people who love fishing as much as you do.

    Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

     

     

  • Orvis Recon Saltwater Rod

    $598.00

    The Orvis Recon Saltwater fly rod is the perfect choice for anglers looking for a versatile and affordable option. The Recon 906-4 SW is a great choice for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, offering the same high performance as the freshwater model. The Recon is perfect for anglers who want to experience the fun of light saltwater fishing without sacrificing quality or performance. The Orvis Recon Saltwater fly rod is constructed with the same high-quality materials as the freshwater model, and features a solid aluminum reel seat and fighting butt. With its improved accuracy and wind resistance, the Orvis Recon Saltwater fly rod is sure to provide you with a great day of fishing. Order your Orvis Recon Saltwater fly rod today and experience the difference!

    Proudly made in the USA by people who love fishing as much as you do.

    Orvis 25-Year Guarantee

    What that means is, we’ll fix your broken fly rod, and if we can’t fix it, we’ll replace it, no questions asked. Step on it, close the door on it, run over it with the car—it doesn’t matter, we’ll fix it. If we can’t repair it, we’ll choose a newer model rod of at least equal value to replace it. Your investment is assured for a nominal shipping and handling charge.

  • Orvis Superfine Glass Rod

    $498.00
    New for 3023- Available now!

    Orvis has redesigned its legendary Fiberglass rods and made them even better. Anyone who knows orvis, knows that the rod department has redefined many of the processes and materials in the rode market. The new Superfine glass is no exception. The implementation of Military grade S2 fiberglass has made the new Superfine rods lighter, slightly (10%) stiffer and more durable than any glass rod on the market. Don’t worry, the slower action you expect has gone anywhere, but this rod is more accurate. Casting dries or small panfish poppers with glass is a feeling unlike anything in fishing and this rod makes that much more fun.

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    100% CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

    has been our commitment since 1856. It’s who we are. If you aren’t happy with a product or service, we want to know about it. And we’ll make it right. THAT’S THE ORVIS WAY.

  • Redington Butterstick Fly Rod-NEW FOR 2023!

    $279.00$279.99

    The NEW Redington Butter Stick has been completely redesigned for 20232– it’s also fun and functional. This fiberglass rod series is as much fun to cast as any newer broom stick fast action rod. This is the fly rod of our grandfathers and fathers, but with a more modern touch. Whether you’re fishing for trout, bass, or another type of fish, the Butter Stick will help you deliver your flies accurately and delicately. These are truly amazing dry fly rods!  And this season, we’ve introduced a brand new Translucent Sunshine Yellow blank that looks as amazing as it feels in your hand. Our T-glass construction improves overall rod strength and our Heritage Design provides a classic medium action casting stroke. We affectionately refer to these as “Old School Creeking Rods”.

    Redington Warranty

    Every new Redington rod purchased through an authorized retailer, except the Crosswater Series and the Minnow and Topo Combos, is covered by our original owner warranty. The Crosswater, Minnow, and Topo are covered by a one-year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and must include a dated proof of purchase.

     

  • Redington Crux Fly Rod 4 Piece

    $419.00$419.99
    The Redington CRUX fly fishing rod is built on our Line Speed Taper, for confident short to mid-range delivery of flies and effortless extreme distance casting. Combined with the introduction of the Angled Key Grip, a denser pre-compressed cork material designed to increase durability and reduce hand fatigue, we feel the CRUX is the best rod we’ve ever built. A rod that performs as good as any rod in a higher price point. When you need power to get a fly to where it needs to go without breaking the bank. Fresh or salt these are fantastic rods.
    Redington Warranty

    Every new Redington rod purchased through an authorized retailer, except the Crosswater Series and the Minnow and Topo Combos, is covered by our original owner warranty. The Crosswater, Minnow, and Topo are covered by a one-year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and must include a dated proof of purchase.

  • Predator Fly Fishing Rod | Lifetime Warranty | Fly Fishing Outfitters

    Redington Predator Fly Rod

    $349.99

    The Predator is the ultimate fly rod for big flies, heavy lines, and aggressive-fighting fish

    The Redington Predator features a powerful, intuitive fast action that commands enough power to combat big gamefish and pick up and cast today’s heavy lines and massive flies. Its action is designed to perform in both freshwater and saltwater scenarios, and all components are saltwater-ready.

    Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, the Redington Predator fly fishing rod is a great choice for anyone looking for a top-quality, durable rod. it’s a fast action rod that can handle large flies and heavy lines. It’s a dark blue blank and brushed aluminum double locking seat design is sure to turn heads. The Predator also comes with a full wells grip and saltwater Stripping guides, making it perfect for fishing in both freshwater and saltwater locations. And if you’re looking to cast your line long distance, the Predator is up for the challenge – So whatever your fly fishing needs may be, the Redington Predator is sure to deliver.

    These versatile rods are available in a range of sizes, from 5-weights perfect for spooky bonefish to 16-weights ready for big-game fishing. And if you’re targeting a specific species like pike or musky, we’ve got you covered with specialty models featuring extended fighting butts for boatside figure-eight fights.

     

  • Redington Strike Euro Nymphing Fly Rod

    $349.99

     

    in 2016 Vail CO hosted the world’s best competition fly fishers. As guides and fishing addicts we became enthralled with competition nymphing. We have been fishing some of the best rods on the market. The Redington Strike rods are surprisingly great. The balance is spot on and the feel and sensitivity are on par with rods twice as expensive. But in recent years, a new style of fishing has taken the mainstream by storm – euro nymphing. This highly effective technique has allowed anglers of all levels to catch more fish and attack the river with greater efficiency. And at the forefront of this movement is Redington, with their new STRIKE series of euro nymphing rods.

    These rods are designed to capture all the technological advancements of euro nymphing and package them into an affordable, lightweight, and highly sensitive rod. The downloading reel seat, extended cork handle, and ultra-sensitive tip all combine to give you the best possible euro nymphing performance. So whether you’re a competitive angler or just looking to up your game, the Redington STRIKE series is a perfect choice.

     

    Redington Warranty

    Every new Redington rod purchased through an authorized retailer, except the Crosswater Series and the Minnow and Topo Combos, is covered by our original owner warranty. The Crosswater, Minnow, and Topo are covered by a one-year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and must include a dated proof of purchase.

  • Redington Trace Fly Rod 4 Piece

    $329.99

    Looking for a versatile fly rod that can handle any situation you throw at it? The Redington Trace is just the ticket. This medium-fast action rod is designed specifically for trout anglers, and its single-foot snake guides make it exceptionally easy to track and cast your line. Whether you’re fishing dry flies, nymphs, or streamers, the Trace can do it all with ease – and its classic Matte Mahogany blank gives it a timeless look that will never go out of style. Don’t let its good looks fool you, though – this rod is built to perform in any condition. So if you’re looking for a top-quality fly rod that can handle anything you throw at it, the Redington Trace is the perfect choice.

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  • Redington Vice 4 Piece Fly Rods

    $219.99

    The Redington VICE is the perfect fly rod for anglers of all levels. The multi-modulus carbon fiber blanks offer increased levels of recovery for casting with greater accuracy and control, and the subtle design touches like black anodized snake guides, laser-etched reel seats, and saltwater-grade components all work together to create a fly rod that anglers can’t resist. It’s available in a wide range of specialty sizes for unique applications that will not only feed a fishing habit but may just transform it into a VICE.

    https://youtu.be/pBzU-pHP7N4

    Redington Warranty

    Every new Redington rod purchased through an authorized retailer, except the Crosswater Series and the Minnow and Topo Combos, is covered by our original owner warranty. The Crosswater, Minnow, and Topo are covered by a one-year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship and must include a dated proof of purchase.