Rods. Which is best for me?
A fly rod is a very
important piece of fly fishing gear. A poor quality or wrong
type of fly rod can easily ruin what could otherwise be a
great days fly fishing. So, before paying out a lot of money
for a good fly rod, make sure that you choose the rod that
is suited to your needs and experience.
In choosing a fly
fishing rod, not only do you need to know all about fly rod
action, or, fly rod flex, but, it’s really important that
you know more or less what type of fish you will be fly
fishing for and what type of water you’ll be fishing in. A
fast flowing river will call for a very different rod action
than a slow flowing shallow creek.
So what is fly rod
action? Well, in simple terms it is just a measure of the
rods flexibility. There are three main types: Fast Action
or Tip Flex, Medium Action or Mid Flex, and Slow Action or
From their names it is
easy to realize what the differences are.
The Fast Action, or
Tip Flex rods are mostly stiff for their whole length with
the only flexibility at the very tip of the rod.
The Medium, or Mid
Flex rods are flexible for around half their length. From
the middle of the rod to the tip.
The Slow, or Full Flex
rods are flexible for their whole length.
action fly rods.
action fly rod is able to cast the line a lot further than a
slow or medium action fly rod. The stiffness of the fly rod
helps to generate much more line speed, and allows for more
fly line to be held up during the cast. Also it is easier to
land big, heavy fish with a stiff rod.
also find the increased line speed makes casting easier in
rods are not really suitable for beginners as they are much
more difficult to control. They are only really suited where
a long cast is needed and in large fast flowing waters
Medium Action fly rods.
Action fly rods are the most popular fly rod on the market,
because they are the most versatile. You can make fairly
long casts accurately with them. They are adequate for most
water conditions and they are easy to control.
also easy to get used to, making them ideal for beginners,
but many veteran fly fishermen regularly use Medium Action
rods as a matter of choice.
Action fly rods.
A slow action
fly rod is extremely flexible and is used to make slow,
short, and very accurate casts. It will bend almost to a U
shape on the back cast.
A slow action
fly rod is a very good choice if you’re using light tippets.
The fly will all too easily break away from a light tippet
when the fish bites, but because of the rods flexibility,
most of the strain that would normally be put on the tippet
is transferred to the rod.
beginners start with a slow action rod, but in choosing, as
I said at the beginning of this article. Decide on the type
of water you will be fishing. If you’re after smaller fish
and mostly using short casts then a slow action fly rod
could be for you. But remember it’s disadvantages:
difficult to use in strong winds, It’s not good for long
casts and it lacks the versatility of a medium action fly
choosing your fly fishing rod, consider all these points
carefully and you won’t end up wasting money on the wrong
type of rod. But, as always, buy the best quality gear that
you can afford. Especially if you are serious about becoming
a good fly fisherman. (or woman).