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Fly Fishing Articles

Title: Selecting a Fly Rod

Date of Article: 2008-03-17



Article: 

Match the fly rod to your fishing

If you're getting into or thinking about buying your first fly rod and want advise on what rod you should buy, please let Lost Creek Flies help.

Things to consider when choosing the right rod:

  • What fish and geographical area are you fishing?
  • (Examples - Trout and/or pan fish - this usually equates with smaller flies; Larger fish (large trout/Steelhead or Bass, larger flies and maybe larger arenas in which to cast).
  • Type of fish helps determine rod, smaller fish and flies = smaller rods; larger fish and flies larger rods.
  • Other influences that determine rod length and line weight - Small flies - small rods; big flies - big rods. Big lakes and rivers - big rods, smaller rivers/creeks and lakes smaller rods and line weights. Other considerations - windy areas, larger fly rods cast better - more power. Up close and delicate deliveries such as small dry flies, or very clear low water - smaller rods and line weights will be better server your needs.
  • Line Weights

  • Line weight, this is labeled on your fly line as either line weight number # 1 - 15; or in actual grams for rods like Spey rods, or both. The line weight, like number 6 matches the flex/power of the rod. The balance between the line weight and the rod flex create the synergistic energy that propel the line forward and outward in the desired method of presentation.
  • Example: Line weight 6 matching (your rod manufacturer will label your fly rod with the suggested line weight for this rod) rods usually between 8 ft - 9 ft. A 6 weight forward line cast forward with lots of energy and often hits the surface with energy. A 6 weight line DT (double taper line) with equal tapers in its line design will cast forward more evenly and gently, and will land most often upon the water surface more gently - ideal for dry fly fishing when long distance casts aren't required.

    Bottom line when selecting a fly rod - you most often get what you pay for. When you are starting out and beginning you will not know the difference between a very good rod and a medium priced rod, but once you get more proficient you will want to get more out of your fly rod.

    Rod/Line Uses & Sizes

    Rod/Line Weight Uses and Fly Sizes
    Line 1-2 Trout and pan fish, Fly Size: #26 -#18
    Line 3-6 (Lower Price | Higher End) Trout, Bass, Panfish (#20 - #1/0)
    Line 7-8 (Lower Price | Higher End) Trout, Steelhead, Bonefish, Atlantic Salmon, Bass, (#20 - #1/0)
    Line 9-11 (Lower Price | Higher End)
    (Spey Rods: Lower Price | Higher End)
    Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Bluefish, Small Tarpon, Dorado, Stripers (#6 - #2/0)
    Line 12 -15 Tarpon, Billfish (#2/0 - #8/0)

  • Please ask questions and let Lost Creek Fly Shop help you deiced what fly rod and fly weight line is right for you:
    Phone: 360-978-4059 | E-Mail


  • Submitted By: Jeff Layton








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