Best 5 Fly Rods Reviews
The TFO professional series II was designed by one of the best fly fishermen in the world, Lefty Kreh, to say the least it’s a work of art.
The Professional Series 2, like previous ones, comes in 4 pieces and has a medium action, and it is also made from IM6 graphite. The grip is made out of cork. The rod also has dots so you can align the pieces correctly.
This rod is very forgiving, so it is a good fit for someone that is just beginning, and it’s still a pretty good fit for those that aren’t. There have been reports claiming that this rod is comparable to ones that are more expensive. The medium action is compatible with all styles and fish targets. It doesn’t come in a tube though, so that is something you will need to purchase on your own. The warranty on this rod is also great coming from Temple Fork Outfitters, they offer a lifetime no fault warranty, all you need to do is send in your rod with an additional $30 and they will repair it no matter what is wrong with it, or if the damage is beyond repair they will send you a new rod.
Temple Fork Outfitters has caught another big one with the Professional Series 2, if your budget is limited to 200 or less then this fly rod will give you the biggest bang for your buck!
This is another one of Fenwick’s big hitters. The Fenwick AETOS Fly Fishing Rod 8’6” version come in with a weight of 5, and comes in 4 pieces. This specific rod is a fast action rod, so it may feel stiff as it bends further up to the tip. Moderate rods don’t have as much stiffness. However it does come with a comfortable cork grip. Everyone that uses them loves them.
This brand is loved by people everywhere, and is said to be comparable to rods that are more expensive. This rod is a great choice for intermediates.
They also have a lifetime warranty so if it breaks because of a defect, all you have to do is send it in and they will repair it free of charge. However, if you break it accidentally, just let them know and they will send you a new rod, with a discount on the replacement of course.
The Redington Classic Trout Fly Fishing Rod isn’t just for trout; it simply refers to the fly fishing style, which is stream casting. Due to the style of fly fishing it was meant for, its action is medium action and is also very forgiving. This model specifically in 9’ and it comes in 4 pieces; it also comes in at a weight of 6. However, and this might be a bonus for those of you that travel to do your fishing, you can also purchase this rod in 6 pieces instead.
This rod is perfect for beginners because of its action. It may lack a little backbone for technique like roll casting or other power techniques, but it works very well for stream casting. The reviews for this rod are all complementary; people think this piece is a great part of their collection. If you are only getting into this sport, this is perfect for you.
This rod also has a lifetime warranty, and just for the added protection they will also send a hard tube for storage and traveling.
The TFO Lefty Kreh Signature Series II Fly Fishing Rod doesn’t come in the usual 4 pieces; it actually comes in only 2 pieces. If the image we provided confuses you, just know that they are two separate rods and that each rod comes in 2 pieces. The rod we have in the image that comes in at a weight of 6 and is 9 feet long. Each piece is four and a half feet long, so it’s important that you make sure you have the ability to travel with it before you purchase this piece. You may like this just because of its minimal assembly time.
It has a medium fast action; it’s a great rod for anyone. This rod has a lifetime warranty, all you have to do is send it in with an additional $30 and your rod will either be repaired or replaced.
Last but certainly not least, we have the Allen Azimuth Fly Rod Series. It has a medium fast action, comes in the standard 4 pieces, and has the size and weight of 4wt 8′.6″, 4wt 10′, 5wt 9′, 6wt 9′, 7wt 10′, ` 8wt 9′, 10wt 9′. As an added safety feature, it also comes with a rod tube and lifetime warranty which is always an added benefit.
Although Allen’s lifetime warranty only applies to defects, it does offer a repair and service program that you have to pay for, or you can replace the certain section that was damaged. This is another great rod if you are just getting into fly fishing.
Picking The Top Fly Rod
A good rod is what determines whether you have a good fishing trip or a bad one. Fly fishing rods can range up to a thousand dollars, but it isn’t necessary to pay that much. The trick when purchasing a rod, is finding one that suits you. The rods we will be discussing are all of the highest quality on the market.
Fly rods are rated by “weight”. A fly rod’s weight is denoted by a number on a scale running from 0 to 14.
The rod’s weight number simply means that the rod is best suited for casting a fly line of the same weight number i.e. a 5 WT rod is best suited for casting a 5 WT fly line.
A 5 WT is one of the best all round fishing rod to start with because it is versatile enough for small fish, standard trout even a few larger fish as well.
For smaller sized stream trout, you might want to consider a smaller 3 to 4 WT rod; and for big ocean or salt water hard, running fishes like barracuda or bonefish, heavier and stronger rods in the higher weight classes would be more ideal.
Rod action refers to how stiff or flexible a certain fly rod is.
Fly rod action is distributed into 3 classes i.e. Slow, Moderate and Fast; and the kind of action you’ll want on your rod will depend on your level of skill.
A stiffer rod gives you more power and less flex during the cast for longer distances but requires excellent technique and great timing to handle properly.
Slow action rods allow the most flex. They allow for shorter, gentler, less precise casts, and give good control over the fly line even for inexperienced anglers. The slow action is great for beginners to learn with, but cannot be used over long distances or in windy situations.
Medium action rods are a nice balance. They offer a good degree of stiffness and allow for improved accuracy and control compared to fast action rods.
They make great versatile rods for beginners and are suited to the widest range of fishing conditions.
The length of your rod is another factor to consider, and it depends mostly on the size of the water you’ll be fishing in.
Fly rods are available in lengths ranging from 6ft to about 15ft.
Shorter rods are more effective in smaller streams where you don’t have to cast the line so far, with the drawback of being hard to cast in larger waters.
Longer rods are better suited to longer casts in large bodies of water, but they require great skill, strength, and endurance in order to use properly.
9ft rods are the most common and most versatile rod lengths available and offer the greatest ease of use and handling especially for beginners.
Manufacturing and Materials
Fly rods are made from a couple of different materials, the most common and most available ones being, split bamboo (cane), and fiberglass and Graphite fibers.
Fiberglass rods are cheap, durable, easy to maintain and are great for beginners. They are generally more flexible than graphite and bamboo rods but weigh more than graphite
Graphite rods are the new high tech rods made from artificial fibers. They are very light when compared to rods of the weight class in bamboo and fiberglass, but are a bit more expensive and tend to snap more easily than fiberglass.
Bamboo rods are the most expensive of the three. Bamboo rods have a unique traditional feel desired by many seasoned casters. But because of its weight, the high cost of production and
maintenance (relative to its function) Bamboo rods are not recommended for beginners.
You’ll also want a rod with an anodized finish if you’re going to be using it to fish in saltwater.
If you are ever In doubt, just make sure you:
- Know what kind of fish you are going after.
- Make sure you match your rod to a fly line of equal weight.
- Consider the material and construction method of your rod and how it will affect you.
And last but not least, know how much you intend to spend on your potential fishing rod and your fly fishing reel, and pick the best rod you can for that price.