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Expert tips:

Choosing a fly rod

expert tips
Expert tips

JULY 2010

The first question we need to ask ourselves when choosing the correct fly rod is "what am I going to catch ?"

Rods will have at least 3 obivious characteristics. First is the line weight (wt)  that works best with the rod. Line weight designation is most commonly on the rod butt section just above the handle.  The weight of the line is improtant to making the rod bend (load) properly.

Lighter line weights 2,3,4 are great for smaller fish, maybe up to 5 or 6 pounds, Brook trout, Small mouth Bass, American Shad, Grayling. Smaller rivers and 40 to 50 foot casts

Medium weights 5, 6, 7, for the larger Brown and Rainbow trout, smaller Salmon up to 6 to 10 pounds. Medium size rivers and 60 foot casts

Heavy weights 8, 9, 10 for large Salmon, Striped Bass and many of the salt water species. Used with larger flies and making longer casts up to 80 feet.

The extra heavy lines 11,12 for Tarpon and other large salt water species.


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