There are several options one can choose when making a decision on the best fly fishing rod. Choosing your first rod as a beginner can be a daunting task as there are so many rods to choose from. To select a rod that suits your needs perfectly, there are three things you will need to know, the action of the rod, the rod weight, and the rod length. Graphite is used to make most rods presently. Graphite rods have the advantage of being very lightweight, reliable and durable. Graphite rods are the best when you are a beginner.
Fly rods greatly vary in length, ranging from 6inch to 15inch. It is important to consider factors like the venue and what species you are fishing for so that you can buy a matching rod with the size of the fly. Each rod is rated according to Association of Fishing Tackle Manufacturers, (AFTM). The rates runs from 1 to 16, 1 for fishing smallest fish with the smallest flies in the smallest streams, 16 is for large saltwater species like Sharks and Tuna. The three main aspects of fishing rods that you need to be highly skeptical about include the following;
1. Rod weight
The function of the fly fishing rod is casting the fly to a particular target to catch a fish. The fly imitation tied at the end of the rod is usually light. The line thus needs to have weight in order to cast it to any distance.Rods are designed to cast a specific line weight to achieve the best results. 2, 3 and 4 weight rods are structured to cast relatively short distances and catch smaller fish.
5 and 6 weight rods are general purpose rods and can be used for any purpose, anywhere. 7 and above rod weights are used in more waters where you will need to cast longer distances and catch bigger fish. You can choose a rod depending on where you plan to fish and the species you are going for.
2. Rod Action
The action of the rod is where the rod flexes when a load is applied. There are three action types of rods; slow, medium, fast. A slow action rod bends in the bottom third of the rod near the reel. Casting long distances with slow action rods can be hard. A medium action rod is bend near the middle of the rod. Fast action rods are stiff and bends in the last third of the rod.
Casting longer distances with fast action load is easier as they provide more power and longer distances. It is advisable for beginners to choose fast action rod as it is accurate and easier when casting longer distances. Before purchasing a rod, you can take it for a test drive to see what action best suites you.
3. Rod length
Rods come in different lengths from 7 to over 10 feet. A shorter rod is best when casting shorter distances, in bushy areas. Short rods are mostly lighter weight rods. Longer rods are suitable for casting longer distances with little obstructions like bushes around.