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Finding the Right Fly Rod

Action, weight and length, type of fish, type of water and your skill level will help determine the fly fishing rod you need. Here is a brief guide on selecting a rod based on many of these factors:

Finding the Right Fly Rod
Intended useDry fly sizeStreamer fly sizeTippetsLength ftLine weightCompositionAction
Delicate fly presentation14 - 18Up to 84x - 8x7' - 8'2 -4 fiberglass, graphiteslow to medium
Delicate cast & for distance12 - 22Up to 43x - 7x7' - 8'5 fiberglass, graphiteslow to medium
For various fish under varying conditions8 - 20Up to 20x - 7x8' - 9 1/2'6 - 7 fiberglass, graphiteslow to medium
For larger game fish4 - 3/0Up to 4/04x & larger8 1/2' - 9 1/2'6 - 7graphitemedium to fast
For the largest fish2 - 4/0Up to 6/00 x &9' - 12'10 - 15graphitefast