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Choosing a Fly Rod – Fly Fishing Article

Choosing a Fly Rod

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action Part IV


Harry discusses a fast action 3 weight fly rod vs a medium action 3 weight fly rod and the benefits of each under various fly fishing situations. 3 Weight fly rods are one of our most popular and useful fly line sizes in the mountain trout stream fly fishing we have on the east coast.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action Part III


The Six Weight: Harry and Jeff Murray cover the benefits of a fast action and medium action fly rod in the 6 weight fly line size in this video. The six weight is quite versatile and can be used in various fly fishing situations from casting streamers for bass and trout to presenting small dry flies to picky feeding trout in windy conditions or long distances on western streams and rivers.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part II


We have put this video together to help you understand the different fly rod actions and their fly fishing application. Harry Murray discusses why one eight weight fly rod action works better for bonefish while another action works better for bass, particularly smallmouth bass, fly fishing applications. Our goal with this four part series “Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action” is to allow you to walk into your local fly shop, pick up and cast a few fly rods and be able to determine which one will perform optimally in your fly fishing situation.

Selecting a Fly Fishing Rod by Action – Part I


This video is the first in our multi part series on selecting a fly rod to suit the needs of the flyfishing YOU plan to do. Our goal with this series is to enable you to: walk into your local fly shop, pick up a fly rod and be able to tell if it will meet the demands of the fly fishing you plan to do based on it’s action.
For example: A 6 weight fly rod which is designed to cast large streamers should be expected to perform poorly when forced to cast size #18 dry flies. When you walk out of the fly shop excited about your new fly rod, we want that excitement to continue and not end the next time you go flyfishing when you find out it is too stiff or too soft to meet your needs.

Fly Rod Suggestions

If you are considering new rods for the coming year for yourself or a family member, base your selection on the flies you plan to fish. Here are the guidelines I use for my personal fishing all across the country.
*Eastern Trout Fishing– I like the delicate 2 or 3 weight fly rods. 8′ or less for the mountain streams.
*Western Trout Fishing– Large rivers I use 9ft. 6 weight fly rods. Spring Creeks I love a 9ft. 4 weight fly rod.
*Bass- 9ft. 7 weight with flies up to size 4. 9ft. 8 weight with mostly size 4 or larger flies. I like both of these to have strong tips and medium butts to help pull the wind resistant streamers and poppers through the air.
*Steelhead/ Alaska Rainbow Trout9 – 10ft. 6 or 7 weight Single Hand fly rods / 11 – 12.5ft switch (two-hand or single hand) fly rods in 6 – 8 weight. I prefer a fly rod with a medium butt and strong tip for better roll casting as well as casting heavily weighted streamers.
*Saltwater9ft. 8 weight fly rod for bonefish, schoolie stripers, brackish water largemouth bass. 9ft. 9 weight for bluefish, rockfish, cobia, permit, trout, puppy drum, etc. 9ft. 12 weight fly rod for Tarpon.