It's been said that the measure of a craftsman is in their tools. The same might be said of an angler's fly rod. A quality rod offers you a better chance of experiencing those days on the water that we’re all after.
Whether you’re trout fishing a rocky mountain stream or landing a trophy bass at your local lake, picking a fly rod that meets your casting, line control, and species specific strike absorption needs is essential. AvidMax’s superior inventory of fly fishing rods for sale guarantees that we will be able to find you a rod with the power and accuracy that you are looking for.
When choosing the right fly rod, there are several factors to keep in mind. What are you fishing for? Where are you fishing? How transportable does your rod need to be? Do you need a specialty rod or something more versatile? And do you have a budget you want to stick to? All these factors play a role in finding the right match for you. Knowing the details about what you’re looking for in a rod will make your search more fruitful.
There are three main fly rod design variables you want to consider when purchasing a new piece: rod length, rod action, and line weight.
Do you need a short or long rod? At AvidMax we offer a variety of fly rod lengths, from 5’9’’ to 15’ and everything in between. Longer fly rods are going to be more suited to roll casting, more efficient casters with long leaders, better at steering your fly through long drifts, better for nymphing, and provide better shock absorption which helps to reduce stress on tippet and knot strength. However, they offer less leverage on heavy fish and are harder to cast in the wind.
Short rods tend to offer a better pure casting experience, but are limited when it comes to roll casting or line mending. They cut well through the wind and tend to be much lighter than their longer counterparts. They also offer remarkable leverage for turning, lifting, and landing heavy fish, ideal for tarpon.
Rod “action” refers to the rate at which a rod recovers from flex, or more simply put, where the rod bends when pressure is applied to it. This rate of flex is measured in the back cast. The more bend, the more flexible the rod is. Quick recovery and longer cast distance can be found in a “fast action” rod which will bend in the top third or less of the rod. However, you’ll get a deeper bend, affecting the lower third of the rod into the handle, in a “slow action” rod which requires a more patient casting stroke.
Higher line weight rods reign supreme for landing heavy fish. They tend to perform better when casting larger flies into the wind and offer more power. A lower line weight rod is going to be much less fatiguing to cast. It will offer greater touch and better stealth on the water, ideal for landing spooky fish.
Benefits of Choosing AvidMax
Still unsure of what rod is right for you? At AvidMax we are dedicated to providing top-quality rods for sale from some of the most trusted companies in the industry. Shop Orvis, Redington, Cortland, G Loomis, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), and Waterworks Lamson. Give us a call at 866-454-5523 and have one of our industry experts walk you through the process of finding your perfect fit. Whether you're an experienced angler, branching out, or a newcomer to the sport, we can help. Check out our AvidMax Rewards Program to receive 5% back on everything you purchase from us - including that fantastic new fly rod!