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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  • TFO Axiom A-2 Rod 4-P Green

    $349.95

    The TFO AXIOM II-X fly fishing rod is a perfect combination of power and performance. It is designed to use heavy lines and large flies. The rod is released as a streamer stick, but it is more than a streamer stick. The TFO AXIOM II-X has a great aesthetic appeal and offers high performance on fishing destinations. It comes with an anodized aluminum reel seat that makes it safe to use in saltwater. In addition, there are alignment dots and recoil stripping guides that minimize friction and help anglers to shoot easily.

  • TFO Black Lable Rod 4-P

    $169.95

    Looking for a simple and affordable fly fishing rod? Look no further than the Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label series! These rods are designed to make fly fishing easy and accessible for everyone. The foundation of the NXT Black Label is a moderate action blank which offers plenty of forgiveness for delicate presentations and cushioning light leaders but loads easily for longer casts into the wind. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler, these rods are perfect for anyone who wants to get into fly fishing. And they’re covered by TFO’s full lifetime warranty, so you can be sure you’re getting a quality product. So don’t wait – get your hands on a Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label rod today!

    The rods are a handsome, matte black with half wells grips (4, 5 and 6-weight) and a full-wells (8-weight) made from reconstituted cork for extreme durability. Aluminum oxide stripping guides, chromium-impregnated stainless-steel snake guides and an anodized aluminum up- locking reel seat make the NXT Black Label series great for chasing fish in fresh or saltwater.

    All NXT Black Label rods come with a rod sock.

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    TFO has offered the same no-fault lifetime warranty on all its fishing rods since being founded in 1995. Today, the warranty program is a core part of our business and an area that we’re constantly working to improve, so that it represents another value-based reason to be a TFO angler.

    When a TFO rod is broken, we always want to get a TFO angler back on the water with as little hassle as possible. And with this goal in mind, our warranty program is built on two simple principles: First, we run it as a break-even part of our business – no profit. This means we charge the least amount possible to quickly repair or replace rods to get them back in the hands of TFO anglers. Second, we always try to be fair or in the angler’s favor when we make a warranty decision.

  • TFO Mangrove Coast Rod

    $299.95

    For decades, Flip Pallot has shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with countless anglers in the pursuit of some of the most challenging fish on the planet. Now, once more, he is sharing his experience through the Mangrove Coast rod series.

    Looking for a great fly rod for saltwater fishing? Look no further than the Temple Fork Outfitters Mangrove Coast series! These rods are built with the entry level to intermediate angler in mind, and feature a medium fast action blank that is perfect for loading and unloading an accurate presentation quickly. When fish start to move out, the Mangrove Coast has enough power in the butt to pick up and reposition the line at distance.

    These rods also come with full wells grips with an instant rod weight burled cork LINE-ID system, fighting butts on all models, and cleverly machined hook keepers built into each side of the aluminum up-locking reel seat. All rods are topped with saltwater safe FUJI Concept-O stripping guides and ultra-lightweight chromium-impregnated stainless-steel snake guides. Rods are offered in a 6 through 12-weight and are packaged in a durable cordura rod tube with a divided lid for easy storage and transport. Get your Temple Fork Outfitters Mangrove Coast fly rod today and hit the water tomorrow!

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    TFO has offered the same no-fault lifetime warranty on all its fishing rods since being founded in 1995. Today, the warranty program is a core part of our business and an area that we’re constantly working to improve, so that it represents another value-based reason to be a TFO angler.

    When a TFO rod is broken, we always want to get a TFO angler back on the water with as little hassle as possible. And with this goal in mind, our warranty program is built on two simple principles: First, we run it as a break-even part of our business – no profit. This means we charge the least amount possible to quickly repair or replace rods to get them back in the hands of TFO anglers. Second, we always try to be fair or in the angler’s favor when we make a warranty decision.

  • TFO NXT Black Label Kits

    $239.95$249.95

    The TFO NXT Black label is an affordable fly fishing kit for beginners and anglers. The kit is available only in 5 and 8 wt configurations. The TFO NXT Black Label Lit allows casters their pick of sea or river to boast medium to fast action for novices as well as experts. The kit includes a fly line, tapered leader, and a rod so that the newbies don’t need to hem or haw over details. Simply having the TFO NXT kit allows beginners to get to a fishing location and start casting immediately. Here are the main features of this TFO nxt kit.

    • A high-performance fishing kit
    • Durable reconstituted cork will last you many a fishing trip
    • Anodized and chromium-impregnated materials can handle saltwater
    • Medium-fast action provides a forgiving, tip-focused cast
    • Includes a 5wt and 8wt rod