When choosing a fly rod you need to ask yourself what are you fly fishing for.
If it is trout, the best allround fly rod for fly fishing would be a 4 to 5 weight rod of about 9ft.
If you are mostly fly fishing small streams, a shorter rod of 8 to 8'6".
It is important when choosing your fly fishing rods you choose the right length, line weight, line and action that fits your casting process and fly fishing application.
Fly fishing rods are made from carbon fibre or fibre glass. The new fibreglass fly fishing rods are a great improvement on the old glass fly fishing rods.
Fly rod design for different types of fishing. For instance a fly rod designed for saltwater species often have a fighting butt and larger stripping guides. A fly rod for small streams are often shorter in length and designed for easy roll casting to make fly fishing easier in small over grown streams.
A fly fishing rod should feel like an extention of your arm, when choosing a fly fishing rod you should consider the rod reel seat and make sure it will fit the fly fishing reel you intend to use with it. Most moderen Fly fishing rod manufacturers make rod reel seats to accomodate todays modern reels but it pays to make sure.
Choosing the right rod reel package is important so if your not sure seek professional help to make sure your money is well spent when purchasing your fishing rod.
A rod and reel fly fishing combos is another option. Steer clear of the cheap rod and reel combos as they are often poor quality and not well balanced, spend a little more and get the right rod and reel package.
Rod action I would suggest medium to medium fast depending on your fly fishing casting ability.
If you are planning to fish New Zealand you would consider a 6wt Fast action Fly rod. For a novice, we also sell fly fishing combos as they are a well suited combo, however a medium action rod is more forgiving if choosing a rod only.
Most fly fishing rods these days come in 4 sections, I don't see any advantage in 2 section rods. Todays rod building technology is so advanced that 4 section rods are perfect.
The brand of fly rod you purchase should be a personal choice and should fit your personal needs not the needs of someone else.
Remember it is your fly rod so it must be right for you. While their are many great brands of fly rods they are not always going to be best for you. If it feels good to cast then thats the rod for you. If your having trouble casting the rod then it's not a good fit for you.
Storing and maintenance of your rod and reel is important so after each days fishing you should wipe down your rod and reel with a soft damp cloth to get all the river grim off and pull your flyline of the reel and wipe it down as well, you would be suprised how much grime from the water sticks to your fly line.
If you are fishing in the saltwater it pays to hose off your fishing rod and reel paying paticular attention to your guides and reel runners. Just a soft wash not a high presure blast. I like to give my cork handles a scrub with a nail brush and a soft body soap. Do not use detergent. For saltwater reels I strip all the backing of as well and clean in all the little port holes excetera to make sure I have removed all the salt residue. I know it takes a bit of time but saltwater rods and reels are expensive so make sure you do it right!
2 or 4 piece rods? For fly fishing 2 piece rods are a poor choice as they are harder to travel with and as resale value goes, nobody wants them.
We have a great sellection of Fly fishing rods, switch rods, reel combos and can build a rod reel outfit to your needs. Our fly rod selection is growing all the time so if it's a fly fishing rod for the saltwater or a fly fishing rod for the freshwater we have the right fly rod for you, feel free to browse our fly rod and fly reel selection and ask for help with your rod reel choice if you need it.
If you have any questions at all about purchasing a fly rod or fly reel for your next fly fishing adventure please reach out to us and we will help you select the right rod to go fly fishing. Copyright 2021. FlynGuide Fly Rods.