S4:E50 Basics of Buying a Fly Fishing Rod

Buying a fly fishing rod should be easier than it is. It’s certainly easier to buy your second or third rod than it is your first. If you are purchasing your first rod, the brands and options are endless. In this episode, we attempt to cut out much of the noise on fly rods – and discus some basic ideas on how to think about your purchase. We each have multiple rods, and we do not have rods that are the same.


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2 Replies to “S4:E50 Basics of Buying a Fly Fishing Rod”

  1. Ah the old banana seat and sissy bar . I went one step even further. Cut the forks off the front of an older bike added them to a newer bike to make it into a chopper. Also adding playing carts with clothespins to make a clapping sound. The good ole days. Now for selection of a new fly rod . I personally don’t think anyone needs a top of the line rod . The prices have gotten out of control. I would recommend a lesser known company rod a much more affordable rod that you could get pretty much the same result. Top name rod companies are riding on the popularity of the sport. As are most fly fishing accessories companies. Like Simms and Patagonia its down right ridiculous. . A quick question for you both have you found that certain rod companies are more popular in different parts of the country ? Just curious.

    1. Nice! The chopper bike! My brothers and I used to use baseball cards–the players we didn’t like!–to make that clapping sound. Those are good memories. You’re right that some lesser known rod companies make great products. That’s a great question as to whether or not certain rod companies are more popular in different parts of the country. I honestly don’t know. What I have observed is that the standard brands show up wherever the fly shop is. For example, I’ve seen Winston Rods at shops in Wisconsin as well as in Montana (where they are made). Orvis and Sage seem to be about everywhere. It’s the same for more moderately priced brands like TFO and Reddington.

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