A fly rod is a very important part of your gear. And should be chosen by the types of fishing you plan to do. Small creeks , medium rivers, large rivers, lakes or ponds or even salt water. If you want multiple rods your choices are easer. If you want only one rod to do the job in our location, I would suggest a 5 wt. 8 foot in length with this rod you can fish creeks, rivers, or lakes very well. There are three main materials that fly rods are made out of Bamboo, fiberglass, and graphite and they were manufactured in that order. Bamboo the first notable material used in building fly rods and still used today. Bamboo was first introduced in the mid 1800's and caught on very quickly as the best material in a fly rod application. Rods can be built in any weight, length, or action that you need. The action of a bamboo rod is measured in rise ( the change of thickness of the rod per 100" of length ). Bamboo also offers great versatility and strength because the power fibers are on the out side of a solid rod not distributed through the tapering process like fiberglass or graphite. Fiberglass fly rods come in 2nd, starting around the 1940's. They come in many line weights and lengths and are a medium to slow action. Fiberglass fly rods were built in either solid or tubular models. Tubular models were built by taking a tapered steel mandrel, and wrapping it with fiberglass cloth and epoxy resins this would form your tapered, hollow rod. Because of there slower actions and delicate presentations they are still used today. There is actually a resurgence of these rods popularity getting back to the old day's. The action of fiberglass rods is determined by wall thickness and taper. Graphite fly rods are third on the list and the most popular . Offering light weight and accuracy they are made in all weights, lengths, and types. Graphite came on the scene around 1970 and have been growing in popularity ever since. Graphite rod actions are measured by modulus of elasticity ( resistance to bending ) and strain rate ( resistance to breaking ) the higher the number the stiffer the rod. To tell what action a rod has is as follows . Slow action is a progressive curve from butt to tip. Medium action is most curvature is in the upper 1/2 of the blank. Fast action most curvature is in the upper 1/3 of the blank. Extra fast action is in the upper 1/4 of the blank. Choosing a fly rod to your needs is very important, need help give me a call I love talking fly rod. Ever wanted to fall in love with a fly rod get a BAMBOO it will change your out look on life it did mine.
I have been fly fishing and tying flies for over forty five years now and still learning, that's the beauty of this great pastime you can never know it all. I hope through this blog I can share some of the things I have picked up along the way. And through your comments learn even more.
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