Choosing a Fly Rod
Some anglers suggest you select fly rods according to the species you intend to catch, others by location, others by physical stature. Actually, it’s a bit of all these factors and this table will help you narrow your choice of fly rod by reference to where you might be going fishing and what you might be catching there.
Do I need a Soft, Medium, Fast or Tip Action Fly Rod?
The actual, alleged or apparent ‘action’ or ‘speed’ of fly rods causes more trouble than it should.
It is actually a very poor attempt at trying to describe whether a fly rod is ‘stiff’ or ‘not so stiff’ and if so... where is it stiff... and why this should be better or not... depending on what you are catching and how you cast... Get the idea?!?
There are 3 conventional terms to describe the ‘Actions’ of fly rods :
Soft or Through Action - sometimes referred to as ‘Butt-action’ or ‘Progressive action’.
When casting, the whole blank bends from the handle all the way to the tip and it is quite difficult to control your casting loops and thus your presentation. These were the norm in fly rods in the 60’s fibre-glass era and a big improvement over split-cane fly rods. But with the advent of modern Carbon Fibre and Graphite, they are now rare.
Or “Medium-fast” action.
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During casting these fly rods hardly seem to bend from the bottom at all but from the middle towards the tip. These fly rods are good for all sorts of situations and tactics and are more forgiving when casting then playing and handling fish so they are less likely to break in a moment of crisis.
With a slightly slower casting stroke to allow the rod to load, they are also very capable of casting a long line with less applied effort than that required with fast action fly rods.
Fast or Tip-Action
The rod blank from the handle up to and through the ‘middle’ is specially stiffened and the blank only really bends in the top say third of the length. This action requires a much more precise and skilled casting stroke but in the right hands such fly rods are capable of casting a greater variety of ‘loops’ for varied presentation of you r fly. Also, greater distance may be possible in the correct hands but a fast action fly rod can be hard work on the arms and shoulders..
More fly fishermen ‘think’ they need a fast action fly rod than understand why and even less know how to use them properly. But, in the hands of a very competent caster, they can allow a wider range of casts with longer delivery, presenting bigger (such as saltwater/pike) flies and into-wind casting.
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