• Paul

Who Makes One-Piece Fly Rods?

One-piece fly rods are nothing really new, but they aren't all that common.

You may have heard or read about some of the performance benefits offered by these rods. The absence of ferrules (joints) gives these blanks the capability to bend and flex with the utmost precision and smoothness, thus improving casting feel. On top of this, one-piece fly rods are typically stronger and a bit lighter in physical weight, too.

Everything sounds positive so far, but the biggest downer is obviously when it comes to transportation. The one-piece fly rods I've seen have all been purposely built just a couple inches shy of 9-feet in length (for shipping requirements), but that doesn't make them much easier to tote around. With no ability to break these rods down, they are best stored exclusively on a boat and/or in a vehicle large enough to accommodate them.

These fly rods have never really been on my purchase radar, but some fly fishers absolutely love them. Tarpon anglers or freshwater streamer chuckers are two groups that immediately come to mind. If you want a dedicated boat or vehicle rod that you don't intend to travel with, then one of these sticks may be worth looking at!

Some one-piece production fly rods of the not-so-distant past include the Clutch THEORY series and select examples from the Hardy Zenith, Hardy Zephrus, and Orvis Helios 2 lineups. If you prefer to stick with the latest and greatest, below is the current January 2022 list of what I could dig up...which isn't much and is somewhat dominated by one brand. While the selection isn't exactly vast, there looks to be some quality options from the good folks at G. Loomis and Hardy.

G. Loomis NRX Pro 1 8'10" 10-weight ($815) and 8 weight ($765) https://www.gloomis.com/products/nrx-pro1

G. Loomis CrossCurrent Pro 1 8'10" 7 weight ($475), 8 weight ($485), and 11 weight ($525) https://www.gloomis.com/collections/fly-rods/products/crosscurrent-pro-1

IMX-PRO Streamer 8'10" 7 weight ($525) and 8 weight ($525) https://www.gloomis.com/collections/imx-pro-fly-series/products/imx-pro-streamer

Hardy Zane PRO 8,9,10,11,12 weights (all $995)



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