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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  • Temple Fork Outfitters Blue Ribbon Fly Rods

    $259.95

    Anglers know that in order to be successful, they need to keep their fly in the water as much as possible. That’s why Temple Fork Outfitters designed the Blue Ribbon fly rods to be extremely easy to load and cast, so you can make quick, accurate casts with very little effort. Whether you’re casting indicators, Streamer patterns, or multi-fly rigs from a drift boat, the Blue Ribbon series is engineered to deliver cast after cast with ease.

    constructed with intermediate modulus carbon fiber material and finished with a chestnut brown color and premium cork grips, the Blue Ribbon fly rods are lightweight yet durable, making them perfect for a variety of fishing situations. The up-locking solid brushed aluminum reel seats include an integrated hook keeper and have carbon fiber inserts, while the SiC stripping guides and ultra-lightweight blank make for a smooth, responsive experience when casting. With 11 different rods in the series, there’s sure to be a perfect option for whatever type of fishing you’re doing. Get out on the water and start landing those big catches with a Temple Fork Outfitters Blue Ribbon fly rod today!

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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.

  • Temple Fork Outfitters Pro 3 Fly Rod

    $229.95$239.95

    Pro III, the latest of 20+ years of building rods in this category, has been designed to fit with modern angling while still upholding an impressive performance and efficiency. With 12 single-handed rods from three-weight for small water to 10-weight for big fish, it boasts a moderate action taper that is both easy to load and cast. These rods feature premium cork grip handles with EVA foam accents and anodized aluminum reel seats (with full and carbon fiber inserts). Additionally, they are equipped with SiC style stripping guides along with double-foot, anodized snake guides. The two-handed models, on the other hand, have composite cork handle grasps complete with EVA foam details accompanied by black fully anodized aluminum reel seats.

    Designed to help new and intermediate anglers improve their casting technique, the Temple Fork Outfitters Pro III was created with a wider sweet spot to enable casters to identify when the rod is not properly loaded. This evolution from past models offers anglers of every level an improved tool at a competitive price. The ultimate objective is for fishermen to be able to precisely locate flies directly in front of fish.

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  • TFO Axiom 2-X Rod 4-P Blue W/Case

    $429.95

    Whether you choose a perch for bass, bonefish, rainbow trout or salmon, the Axiom II has a lot to offer you while fly fishing. The handle not only looks elegant, but also has a number of features that are particularly function-oriented. One of these features is the composite butt stock for durability.

    This combat butt will stand up to wear and tear and help you out when playing with the big fish. There is a well-padded handle made of high quality cork that fits in your hand perfectly. The SiC spacer rings and hard chrome snake guides give the rod low-friction saltwater performance.

    Distance

    The Axiom II is a fast action stick and as such lacks power and accuracy at longer distances. While the Axiom II has an incredibly lightweight rod design, on longer ranges these things affect performance. It is a long shock absorber that protects lighter tippet near 90 deg to the pull of fish. The effective lever shortens at 45 deg and the bottom half has more power and allows anglers to put more pressure on a fish.
    The tippet is heavy and it allows angles for fighting slight angles from 15 to 25 degrees. The bend is in the butt that is the most durable part of the TFO Axiom II rod. The A2 design is capable of accommodating all the three and enables you to choose when and how to apply pressure.

    Precision

    The medium paced action of the stick encourages delicacy at close range and the Axiom II can deliver accurate flight almost every time out to 40 feet. This close-range accuracy makes the Axiom II an excellent choice for flatfish anglers.
    However, the Axiom II loses some power, performance and accuracy at longer ranges. The shaft is too soft for accuracy beyond 60 feet and a line with a more aggressive front taper.

    The Axiom II Fly Rod with case is available on the Fly Fishing Outfitters website at an affordable price. Anglers can order it online at the Fly Fishing Outfitters website and have it delivered to any location where the delivery services are available.

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    TFO Axiom A-2 Rod 4-P Green ON SALE!

    $200.00

    The TFO AXIOM II-X fly fishing rod is made especially for big flies, heavy lines, and fish fighting. It comes with a cork grip that minimizes friction and a fighting butt that makes fish combat super easy for anglers. The alignment dots and recoil stripping guides help minimize the friction, and the chromium impregnates steel guides help you shoot heavy lines.

    A double helix Kevlar blank design is used in the TFO Axiom II rod to offer high durability and lasting power. It comes with a softer butt section that is good for lifting power and throwing large flies at short and medium distances. This rod is best for fly lines with an aggressive front taper as they load it well for casts.

    The TFO Axiom 2 fly rod weighs 3.49 ounces and has a swing weight of 92.6 gm2. The overall weight of the rod is less than the Axiom II. However, it is not the lightest fly rod in the market. The additional weight means more strength and power; both are the key qualities of a streamer stick fly rod.

    Streamer fishing, when done on a boat, requires more accuracy, especially in short distances. If you want to row down a big river, it’s important for you to land the fly on the bank of every cast. The TFO Axiom II fly rod does the job perfectly and precisely at short distances.
    The high performance for short-distance casting makes this fly rod an outstanding candidate for flats rods where the angler focuses on short and precise casts. This rod can be a great choice for anglers wading for bonefish. The rod has great tensile strength as it is made using high modulus fiber carbon and double helix Kevlar.

    It features high-quality cork handles and uplocking reel seats made of anodized aluminum with carbon fiber inserts. The rod comes packaged in labeled rod sock and tube. It delivers high performance and efficiency while casting.

    TFO has designed the Axiom 2 for fast action bordering with ultra-fast speed and for heavy lines. The Axiom II offers the required energy for both short and long-distance casting. It offers the right tracking and recovery that makes it precise at a distance. When you want a single but perfect long cast, the Axiom 2 is the perfect candidate for the job. The rod is available in three weight options and comes with a lifetime warranty. So, once you get it, you don’t need to worry about any manufacturing defects, and all you need is to see it performing while fly fishin

  • TFO Black Label Kit

    $269.95$279.95

    Looking for an easy and affordable way to get into fly fishing? Look no further than the Temple Fork Outfitters NTX Black Label kit! This comprehensive kit includes everything you need to get started in the sport, including a rod, reel, and all the necessary lines and tippets. Plus, it comes with TFO’s famous no-fault lifetime warranty, so you can be sure it’s built to last. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced angler looking for a great backup set-up, the NTX Black Label is a perfect choice. Get out on the water and enjoy the peacefulness of fly fishing today!

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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 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
  • The All New Orvis Helios D – The Worlds Most Accurate Fly Rod

    $1,098.00$1,198.00

    Introducing the revolutionary Helios, a groundbreaking innovation that surpasses the accuracy of its predecessor, the Helios 3, by a remarkable fourfold. Outshining all other competitors in the industry, this phenomenal advancement was made possible by our ingenious designers who tackled the challenge of tip displacement, a notorious obstacle to achieving precision. When the forward cast is executed, the release of energy can cause the rod tip to oscillate along both horizontal and vertical axes, thereby compromising the accuracy of the cast. With a remarkable increase in hoop strength and a significant reduction in vibration along the blank, the new Helios has successfully conquered tip displacement, resulting in an unprecedented level of accuracy. Prepare to experience an unparalleled transfer of energy from your hand to the fly, delivering laser-like precision with unmatched smoothness. 

    HOW WE ACHIEVED ULTIMATE ACCURACY
    The incredible new Helios is 4X more accurate than Helios 3—the previous undisputed industry benchmark—and leaves all other competitors even farther behind. Toachieve this quantum leap in accuracy, our designers
    had to solve for one of the main enemies of precision: tip displacement. When the energy of the forward cast is released, it can cause the rod tip to wobble around the horizontal and vertical axes—reducing the accuracy of the cast. The new Helios displays dramatically increased hoop strength and minimized vibration along the blank, leading to a radical reduction of tip displacement. The result is a precise, smooth energy transfer from your hand
    to the fly and laser-like precision.

  • The All New Orvis Helios F Fly Rod-The Most Accurate Fly Rod in the World!

    $1,098.00$1,198.00

                                                           

    The HELIOS™ F series offers increased sensitivity,
    optimized for delicate presentations and tippet protection

    The incredible new Helios is 4X more accurate than it’s predecessor Helios 3—the previous undisputed industry benchmark—and leaves all other competitors even farther behind. Outshining all other competitors by an even greater margin, the Helios achieves an unprecedented level of accuracy. The ingenious minds behind its creation were faced with the challenge of combating tip displacement, a major obstacle in achieving optimal precision. When the force of the forward cast is unleashed, it often causes the rod tip to sway both horizontally and vertically, resulting in diminished accuracy. However, the new Helios boasts an extraordinary increase in hoop strength and effectively minimizes vibration along the rod, resulting in a remarkable reduction of tip displacement. The outcome is an impeccable transfer of energy from your hand to the fly, guaranteeing laser-like precision and a flawlessly smooth experience.

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