There are many considerations in selecting a rod. Some advice on web sites:
Try before you buy. Cast the rod and get a feel for how it performs. Everyone has their own casting style, so pick the rod that best fits your style and casting ability.
Most trout are caught at distances under 20 feet from you and occasionally up to 40 ft, so you don't need a long rod wich will cast out 60 feet.
- Fast, tip action or tip flex -- main flex is in the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the tip
section depending on manufacturer. This action loads very fast and requires
precise timing and control. (Usually reserved for advanced or expert casters)
This allows for longer casts, and crisper casts as well, which helps in windy conditions.
- Medium or Mid-flex -- rod bends in the middle 1/2 to upper 1/3 of the
rod. This action is good for beginners to advanced casters who just like a
- Slow or Full-flex -- rod bends from tip to butt section. While very
forgiving of casting mistakes, this type of rod action produces a slow rod recovery
rate. In my opinion, a slow action can be so slow that it can interfere with
- Progressive -- No noticeable difference between the stiffer and more flexible
parts of a rod.
This makes casting more accurate, a plus in close ranges and in making delicate presentations of your fly.
The downside is the adjustments needed in your casting technique if you switch flies
An 8 to 9 foot rod is a good choice to begin with.
6 1/2 to 7 1/2 are better for small streams
A 5 wt. 8 foot rod is a good size for most trout fishing.
- 1 to 3 weight - panfish and small trout, small flies, short casts
- 4 weight - small to medium trout, small to medium flies, short to medium casts
- 5 to 6 weight - excellent all around trout or smallmouth bass rod. Handles small to larger flies and short to longer casts
- 7 to 8 weight - brown and lake trout, largemouth bass, steelhead, large flies and streamers, long casts and windy conditions.
- 9 to 14 weight - salmon and salt water fishing, large flies and long casts in open areas.
Determining Your Fly Rod
Source: Dick's Sporting Goods
|Intended use||Dry fly size||Streamer fly size||Tippets||Length ft||Line weight||Composition||Action
|Delicate fly presentation||14 - 18||Up to 8||4x - 8x||7' - 8'||2 -4 ||fiberglass, graphite||slow to medium
|Delicate cast & for distance||12 - 22||Up to 4||3x - 7x||7' - 8'||5 ||fiberglass, graphite||slow to medium
|For various fish under varying conditions||8 - 20||Up to 2||0x - 7x||8' - 9 1/2'||6 - 7|| fiberglass, graphite||slow to medium
|For larger game fish||4 - 3/0||Up to 4/0||4x & larger||8 1/2' - 9 1/2'||6 - 7||graphite||medium to fast
|For the largest fish||2 - 4/0||Up to 6/0||0 x &||9' - 12'||10 - 15||graphite||fast
Graphite rods are the most popular now:
|Type ||Pros ||Cons
|Graphite ||performance, durability ||stiff
|fiberglass ||strong, durable, and flexible ||heavy
|Bamboo ||light, flexible, nice slow action ||expensive
Fly Fishing Site Lists at: Google
Fly Fishing 101 - For Beginners
Fly Fishing 123
Most Recommended: [xx] - Number of world records caught as of 2007
G. Loomis 
Thomas & Thomas 
Other rod manufactures: Redington , Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) ,
Cabelas (may be Powell rods) , L.L.Bean,
Scott, Wright & McGill, Powell, Fenwick, Cortland
Hodgman (Waders, Hip Boots)
Top 10 Fly Rods (based on number of world records)
Fly Rod Reviews
Selecting a Fly Rod at SchmidtOutfitters.com
The Best Fly Fishing Rods - John Gibb eZine article
Fly Fishing For Beginners at hooked-on-flies.com
Top Gear Picks at Cabella's
Popular Fly Fishing Destinations
Care of Equipment:
Protect your rod investment with 8 easy tips at TackleTour.com
Best fly fishing places
Basic Insect Entomology
Essential Fly Fishing Gear at ClayBaker.com
New Jersey fishing
Rise Form Studio NJ and W. PA fly fishing videos and information by John Collins and Mike McAuliffe
Fly Fishing Terms at: Orvis
last updated 13 Apr 2009