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.
How do you know when to wash your fly rod sac and replace the backing on your fly fishing reel? A quick, easy and accurate test is to smell them….If they smell like mildew wash the rod sac and replace the backing. I like to allow my fly rod and flyfishing reel to dry for several days at room temperature out of direct sunlight before storing it for longer than a day. You are reading this too late and you let your fly rod/ sac/ backing mildew? Depending on the degree of mildew, this could be the end of your fly rod. Clean your fly rod with a dish detergent and allow it to sit out to air dry for several days then check to see how badly it is damaged. Cork grips and rod wraps will be the hardest to salvage if they are soft after this drying period. Fly reel backing – replace it. Rod sac – wash it in a mild bleach solution and allow to air dry. This will discolor your rod sac but it will still be functional and protect your fly rod while in the case.