S4:E8 For the Love of Fly Rods

The fly rod is the foundational element of gear for a fly fisher. If you have one fly rod, you need two. And if you have two, you definitely need two more. We love fly rods, and in this episode, we drill down into what we use and why. This is all about gear talk. Steve even goes so far to say that he doesn’t need another fly rod, but he must be developing a strange form of fly fishing dementia. Shame on him.

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6 Replies to “S4:E8 For the Love of Fly Rods”

  1. First things first. A guy can never have enough fly rods . Lol . I’ll start with my first rod before moving on to my favorite. My first rod was a LL Bean guide series 8.6 ft 6 7 wt graphite. Yes for some reason its marked both 6 7 wt. The rod is unique . Were the rod goes together is a boron post that slides into the female end. The salesman told me that was the new and upcoming thing . So he convinced me into buying it. The rod came with a reel and line for a whopping 120 US dollars back in 1982. Although the rod is a bit heavy compared to today’s rods I could cast that rod in any condition with streamers nymph or dries with pin point accuracy. It was a good universal rod for bass trout and salmon. I still have it today. I then got the bug to buy an upgraded much lighter rod . I had to save a little while before I could make the purchase. Prices changed quite a bit the year is now 1994.. I bought a rather unknown rod called Gatti. A friend of mine who worked at Scheels named Al Campbell. A new dealer for Gatti introduced me to their rods . The rod is an 8.6 4wt graphite. Its very light and yet still cast a pretty distance. It’s my winter fly rod still today . Then I went on a road trip from SD all the way to within a few miles of the Bay of Fundy Canada. So I of course had to buy a rod just for that occasion. A 9 ft Sage Z Azis 7 wt. A light Salmon rod the locals and guide told me . They use much larger rods a called them telephone poles. Heck Lee Wulff caught salmon on a 5wt 6 ft one piece bamboo rod which i will talk about more in a minute. So we are now in 2014 . I go into a much larger journey into the world o fly fishing. The world of bamboo . Something I always wanted to do. My next rod after saving for a long long time. Is a 7.6 ft 4wt complete with silk line and a hardy perfect reel . Now let’s talk my favorite fly rod . You know that Lee Wulff thing I was talking about. Well his story intrigued me to the point I just had to have a 1 piece 6. 2 ft 2 wt. Bamboo rod . You would think such a short light wt rod wouldn’t have the action to cast with any distance. But surprisingly I’m able to cast it quite well. And with accuracy. It’s the perfect rod for small streams . I absolutely fell in love with the rod . We were made for each other lol

    1. You’re right, David. We always need ‘one more’ fly rod! Lol! I love your experience with the 6 ft, 2 wt. bamboo rod. Intriguing! Thanks as always for sharing.

    1. Ha! It could be soup. Soup. Soap. As long as it is all natural, it’s all the same! Good catch!

  2. Hi guys I enjoyed the fly rod podcast….expected it was going to be a “trip down marketing lane”…so was really pleasantly surprised when you just talked about your fly rods past and present…In saying that I do like to look over the fly rods whenever I’m in a good fly shop…looking forward to a trip to Montana this fall to do a little of “just that”…

    Cheers from Tasmania


    1. It’s great to hear from you, Rick. Yes, we like looking at fly rods in a good fly shop–especially the ones out of our price range. It’s the one time we get to handle them! Let us know how your trip to Montana goes this fall.

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