Choosing fly fishing rods
Fly fishing is a traditional method of fishing that was popularly applied for fishing trout and salmon. Today though, it is employed in fishing for almost any variety of fish. Fly fishing is gaining popularity and people employ this method for almost anytime of fish. Fly fishing is used in both fresh water and seas as well. The techniques used in fly fishing of course vary depending on the location. For example, seas, lakes and rivers have differing conditions and hence the techniques used will vary as well. There is a lot of fly fishing equipment on sale and one gets a lot of choice in the type of equipment. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose the necessary equipment for your fly fishing trip.
When shopping for fly fishing rods, there are several parameters that one has to keep on mind and work on to choose the rod that suits them best. The primary parameter would be the material out of which the fly fishing rods are made. The two most commonly used materials are Fibreglass and graphite. Fibreglass is the more sturdy material, It is some what flexible and is the best all purpose multi-weather fly fishing rods. Beginners would be well advised to go for fibreglass fly fishing rods. Graphite fly fishing rods are much more expensive. They are also quite light weighted and hence are preferred by advanced fly fishers who want a more accurate cast.
The action of fly fishing rods is another important criterion. The action is determined by the flexibility of the rod with varying levels of flexibility having their own advantages. Expert fly fishers would prefer slow action fly fishing rods when they are in the hunt for small light fish. These fly fishing equipment, are quite light and offer a lot of bend through the length of the rod which is useful when one needs higher accuracy. The extreme levels of bend though make it a little hard for beginners to handle. Medium action fly fishing rods are most popular especially among the newbies. These rods bend only towards the later half at the free end and are perfect for both long and short distance casts. Expert fishers who want a good fight with the big fishes will go for the fast action fly fishing equipment. These rods offer very little bend which is available only at the tip of the rod and hence are great when you need to cast through quite a distance and reel in quite big fish too. Beginners will not be able to handle these types of rods with ease due to the decrease in accuracy.
The final major parameter that ones looks at when buying fly fishing rods is the length of the rods themselves. A new fly fisher should be looking for a rod that is comfortable enough to control yet provide sufficient casting distance. Choose between short, medium or long rods depending on the action required with small rods having lesser action and longer rods being perfect for open sea long distance casting.
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