The reel seat isn't the most crucial aspect of a fly rod to look at, but I now take the design into consideration more than I used to. Out of all the fly rods I've fished over the years, a lot of the reel seats were simply unremarkable. Looks aside, it was the function of these seats that often felt somewhat unrefined and failed to blow me away. I can accept a seat like this on a more value-oriented rod, but I've always thought a pricier stick should utilize something more su
All serious fly anglers should try to experience saltwater fly fishing. There is simply nothing like hooking into that first sizable saltwater fish for the very first time. It's truly a different world and one that I quickly became completely addicted to after I experienced what it had to offer. When coming from the freshwater realm, I can imagine the saltwater game being kind of intimidating. Reading up on it, watching videos, and practice casting on the lawn helps, but it t
Have you ever sat back and thought about some of the fly rods you've had in the past? Even though I have fly fished for nearly three decades, if you gave me a few minutes to really think about it, I'm pretty sure I could name every fly rod that I've ever owned! The sign of a real tackle junkie I guess... When anyone thinks about those rods from years gone by, there's likely to be a few that really stand out. Perhaps they felt especially awesome or were just there with you on
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Fly fishing can often conjure up images of softly casting to rising trout on a small mountain stream, or maybe sight-casting to bonefish schools on a slicked-out Bahamian flat. While these picture-perfect scenarios certainly do happen, the reality is that things can be much more demanding. When the wind is blowing, casts are distant, and flies are heavy, the average fly rod can come up short. In these situations, higher performance is welcomed. That'
Faster isn't always better. Fly rods that have a "standard" fast action are undoubtedly my favorites. As someone who mainly fishes streamers and is regularly on saltwater, this should come as no surprise. I really like these rods because they're great for casting bulky/heavy flies and cutting through a breeze, but they still make good all-around sticks for a variety of scenarios. In comparison, extra-fast fly rods can offer even higher levels of performance, but I view them a
David McKenzie Photo When the mercury is rising and water temps are edging towards the 70 degree mark, it can often be frowned upon to chase trout. They simply get stressed out in these conditions and catching them just makes things even worse. What's a trout bum to do? Try chasing some local warmwater fish! Commonly inhabited by fly-munching species like bass, crappie, and bluegill, small lakes and ponds provide oodles of entertainment for really anybody—not just avid trout
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Ever wished for just a little more length in your fly rod? Whether added distance, line control, or casting elevation is desired, I'm pretty sure nearly all serious anglers have had this thought more than once. I know I have. A 9-foot fly rod is top dog for good reason—it delivers an ideal blend of castability, portability and control—but sometimes it's just not quite optimal. While a 10-foot fly rod can deliver the right results, in my experience th
TITAL We recently previewed the Greys Tital reel as part of our Pure Fishing new product overview found right here, but there was only a single image available at the time. At ICAST 2021, we met with Jen Ripple at Pure Fishing and finally had an in-person look at all the new rods and reels including the Tital. As the new flagship fly reel from Greys, it will offer machined bar-stock aluminum construction and a sealed drag along with a futuristic design. We're excited to test
I'm a big fan of the Helios 3 rods and own H3D 4 and 5 weights in my personal arsenal. Lightweight, fast, and really fun to fish, Orvis is adding three new models to the rod family which feature some unique lengths and cosmetics. These new "Blackout" models appear to fill some niches that anglers may find very useful. (All images courtesy of Orvis) Excerpt from Orvis: "A product of strong collaboration, the Blackout rods are high-concept, extremely specialized fishing tools—e
(from Pure Fishing) Hardy Ultralite X Rod Designed to be the lightest and most versatile rod in the Hardy collection.
Hardy’s legacy as the gold standard in fly-fishing gear began in 1872 and continues today as the company maintains its leadership position in the construction of dynamic and original offerings in both fresh and saltwater, including the new Hardy Ultralite X rod—the lightest and most versatile rod in the Hardy collection.
Designed and crafted to excel even in
(From G. Loomis) New from G. Loomis: Crush Variables with NRX+ T2S Technology-infused Fly Rods for Apex Saltwater Anglers You don’t pick tournament days; tournament days pick you. While anglers can’t control environmental factors like wind, tide, and light, they can enhance their own effectiveness. With leaderboard glory on the line, clear a path to victory with rods forged to crush common variables. Designed for apex saltwater fly anglers, the NRX+ T2S series boasts a unique
Fly fishing in saltwater offers heaps of challenge and excitement, but it can also take a toll on your gear. Proper freshwater rinsing of rods, reels, hooks, pliers, etc that came in contact with saltwater is really important to help avoid such issues as salt buildup, rust, and corrosion. Gear that isn't properly cared for will not only have lower resale value, but more importantly may not function as it should. I always try to rinse my gear as soon as possible after a saltwa
Typical freshwater bass aren't the hardest pulling or biggest fish around, but a big part of what makes them so much fun is the variety they offer the angler. Whether we are talking largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass, they constantly adjust to different conditions, often show distinct preferences for certain types of forage, can be found anywhere from open water to thick cover, and will hold at wildly different depths—even on the same day. These and other variables make
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Can you afford an $800 fly rod? For many people, the answer is no. Fishing with a premium high-performance rod is undoubtedly something special, but you can spend a lot less and still get the job done just fine. One example of an "affordable" rod series that is often spoken highly of is the Fenwick Aetos lineup. While I praised the little 3-weight model that I recently tested right here, not every line weight in a particular rod series may be equally
What fly rod length should I get? There is a lot that goes into choosing a proper fly rod. Line weight, rod action, components, aesthetics, and of course length are all key points that a consumer must make note of. As far as length goes, the 9 foot fly rod is the most common and widely-available on the market. This size offers the angler ample distance, line control, and castability while still being able to pack down into a tube that allows for easy transport. Although it's
What can a 9 weight fly rod be used for?
For heavier freshwater and light saltwater applications, the 8-weight fly rod is immensely popular. This rod size offers a good dose of power—but not too much—and can handle windy conditions, larger flies, and huskier fish. On the conventional side of angling, I would equate its versatility to a medium-heavy casting or spinning rod. Despite the 8-weight stealing much of the attention, neighboring line weights deserve love, too. In thi
Intro/Specs/Craftsmanship Just like with conventional rods, fly rods can be crafted with specific purposes in mind. Examples of these would include rods with oversized guides and beefed-up actions for saltwater usage, or rods that are soft and delicate geared towards targeting trout on smaller waters with dry flies. These sticks can be great and all, but many anglers simply want a rod that's made for more generalized usage. This is where the Sage SONIC comes into play. SONIC
The standard 9-foot fly rod offers the perfect blend of casting ability and line control. While this fly rod length is the most popular because of its versatility, there are times when a much shorter rod makes more sense. From brush-choked streams where open space is limited to simply increasing the fun of farm pond bluegill, downsized fly rods definitely have their place. After scouring various manufacturer websites in search of fly rods that are currently offered under 7 fe
When shopping for a new fly rod, what specifications are most important to you? Things like length, action, and line weight are just a few of the factors to consider, but what about the guides? Besides the stripping guides, a fly rod will round out its guide train with either snake or single-foot guides. Snake guides are, of course, those guides with a more curvy, twisted style to them, while single foot guides are simply a standard round wire hoop. While snakes are the most
Our friends over at HalfPastFirstCast.com recently published a fun piece showcasing some of the more unique and interesting rod tubes currently available on the market. From classy to seriously eye-popping, you'll see that travel tubes don't have to be basic. Check out the write-up in its entirety below! (Article by Pete Robbins) I’ve already written more than I ever thought possible not only about multi-piece fishing rods, but also about how to get them from Point A to Point