How to ChooseYour Next Fly Rod

Fly fishing equipment should be tailored to your preference of casting, materials, and weight. Each fly rod provides a different experience in control, direction, and momentum. Temple Fork Outfitters, or TFO, offers a range of high-performance rods, reels, and fly fishing equipment.

What Are the Specifications of a Fly Rod?

When considering different fly rods for fishing, several terms will specify their differences:

  • Weight: The weight of a rod refers to the fly line weight appropriate for the specific length of the fly rod itself. The rod weight will correspond with the line's number. A heavier fly line requires a thicker rod.
  • Action: This term refers to the flexibility throughout the fly rod when casting. Many manufacturers break down this term to refer to different levels of action throughout the rod, either at the base near the reel or at the tip.
  • Load Characteristics: This term refers to the rod's ability to cast both close and far in the water. Stiffer rods load the returning line better with long-distance casts, while soft and flexible rods are ideal up close. Finding the right rod and reel balance is key to successful fishing.

What Materials are Used in Fly Rods?

As with any fishing equipment, the quality of the rod's materials can impact the fly experience and success of the day. Materials affect fly fishing casting distance, the fly rod's flexibility, and the reels load characteristics.

  • Graphite: One of the most state-of-the-art solutions for fly rods, graphite provides flexibility and durability while remaining lightweight.
  • Nano-Silica Resin: To go a step beyond the traditional graphite, this high-tech particle based option provides even greater flexibility in the fly rod.
  • Fiberglass: Ideal for those seeking a slower fly stroke, fiberglass has made a comeback after losing its place as the most commonly used fly rod material. This is ideal for catching smaller fish in close range creeks or streams.

Which Are Some Tips for Gripping and Choosing a Fly Grip?

Temple Fork Outfitters also includes many standard cork grips for a range of fly fishing grip styles to ease and enhance the experience.

  • Thumb-on-top: This well-known grip style encourages fishermen to grip the line with four fingers while pointing the thumb up toward the rod itself. Though traditional, it can obscure accuracy.
  • Key Grip: By gripping the fly grip with fingers on either side, making a v-shape between the thumb and forefinger, you are less likely to overextend and lose accuracy.
  • Choose a Quality Cork: The quality and shape of the cork grip also determine the strength and accuracy of the cast. Choose a shape and density that complements your particular cast style, whether you choke up on the grip and whether you use a variation of the trip grips listed above.