Once you’ve picked out your fly rod (see Choosing the Right Fly Rod Part 1 and Part 2 for more information), choosing a fly reel is your next step. You’ll often hear that the fly reel is not a very important aspect of the fly fishing gear. I would have to disagree. I feel that a quality fly reel is essential for when you hook into that fish of a lifetime and all that stands between you and that monster of a fish is your gear. [Read more…]
Archives for September 2012
In previous articles about choosing the right fly rod (Part 1, Part 2), I discussed a few of the key points in determining the right fly rod for you in your course of learning the fly fishing basics and how to fly fish. One of these key points was the fly rod action. Those actions were fast, medium/progressive, and slow. Each of these fly rod actions have basic advantages and disadvantages that allow you to be used more efficiently in certain circumstances and not in others. I’d like to discuss some of those advantages and disadvantages today. [Read more…]
In Part 1 of Choosing the Right Fly Rod, we looked at two of the key points in choosing your first fly rod. Those two points were fly rod line weight and the fly rod action. In this second part we will take a look at what to look out for in fly rod length and in the materials that fly rods are built with and how those make a difference. Finally we’ll summarize what I consider to be the best choice for your first fly rod to help you with learning the fly fishing basics.