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flyrod - fly rod Fly-fishing is an angling method that uses a lightweight, artificial fly, a long, flexible rod, a specially-designed fly line, and a fly reel.  For successful fly casting results, these fly-fishing components should be selected to complement each other and work in harmony.  Fly fishers use the weight and design of the line to cast the fly quickly and efficiently, without reeling in the line between casts.  Although the fly-fishing method was originally devised to catch trout, today's fly fishermen catch game fish such as bass, salmon, and tarpon as well.

fly-fishing with a fly rod Fly rods are 7-foot-long to 10-foot-long fishing rods designed especially for fly-fishing.  Most fly rods are made from a graphite composite material but some older rods are made from fiberglass or bamboo.  A fly rod enables you to catch fish by casting a weighted line with an artificial fly tied to the end.  Good quality fly rods let you control the distance and landing action of the fly and also let you control the line without disturbing the fly's drift on the water.  Fly rods are designed to let you sense a strike, set the hook, and fight and land the fish.  Fly rod manufacturers must compromise between sensitivity, flexibility, and strength, so no one fly rod is ideal for all aspects of fly-fishing.

When choosing a fly rod, there are several important factors to consider.  First of all, it's important to have a budget in mind.  A good-quality rod will cost between $150 and $250.  In some cases, a rod will be sold as part of a fly-fishing "outfit," which means that it will come with a reel and fly line.

Second, you'll want to determine what kind of fish you are planning to catch.  The type of fish you plan on catching — and the waters you are fishing in — will determine the optimum length, flexibility, and strength of the rod.  An experienced salesperson should be able to tell you what kind of fly rod to buy, based on the type of fish you are going after.

You should also determine the distance at which you'll be fishing, as well as your casting ability.  Be honest with the salesperson about your experience, because it should factor in to the type of rod you buy.

The action of a fly rod is rated as slow, medium, or fast.  Slow action rods are very flexible along their entire length.  Medium action rods are flexible near their middle; they are a versatile choice for beginners.  Fast action rods bend near their tip.  We hope you enjoy browsing this website, which features convenient access to selected fly rod manufacturers, fly reel designers, and fly-fishing information.

Fly Rod Manufacturers

  • R. L. Winston Rod Company
    Designer and manufacturer of custom fly-fishing rods since 1929.
  • St. Croix Rods
    Premier maker of handcrafted fishing rods for over 50 years.
  • Redington
    Manufacturer of rods, reels, and apparel for saltwater and freshwater anglers, spin casters, and fly fishermen.

Fly-Fishing Reels

  • Tibor Reels
    Florida-based designer and manufacturer of quality fly reels.
  • Gilmore Reel
    Manufactures precision engineered and machined fly-fishing reels.

Fly-Fishing Resource

  • American Museum of Fly-Fishing
    This organization is a steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters.

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