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Fly rods are designed specifically for fly fishing and are not interchangeable with traditional fishing rods. Some key features to look for when selecting your fly rod are material, action and length.
The most inexpensive fly rods are made of fiberglass, a quality material that provides average strength and weight and can be used to catch fish in a range of sizes. As price increases, rods are made with graphite which offers superior strength and weight and is more versatile than a rod made of fiberglass.
Fly rods vary from slow to fast action based on preference and experience level:
Fly rods vary in length from 6 ft. to 10 ft. based on casting range and fishing location:
As with traditional fishing, fly gear varies by size depending on your chosen location and the type of fish you are intending to catch. Fly outfits vary by weight from #1 weight, the lightest, all the way to up to #15 weight, which is designed for the largest fish. If you are a beginner, it is recommended that you start somewhere in the middle with an outfit ranging from a #4 to a #7 weight. Rods, reels, and lines are marked by weight to simplify your selection process.