Should You Get a Fly Fishing Rod

13/12/2010 10:58

While the addition of a fly rod to your fishing gear may not help you noticeably increase your fishing ratio, but it can sure help to add to the fun. Thankfully this doesn’t need to be an intricate process as relatively basic outfits usually consist of the fishing reel, rod, leader, fly and line.

When choosing your rod, this should not be a frustrating task; however, if you aren’t sure what you are looking for, it can seem a little overwhelming. Fast action rods are designed to enable the cast to throw tight loops that serve to increase the distance of their cast. This is particularly beneficial when fishing for bonefish and working around weeds such as lilypads. Medium-fast, medium, and slow rods serve to let the angler better feel the load of the rod so that they can more accurately determine a casting cadence.

When fishing primarily for bass, your fly reel doesn’t have to be anything necessarily elaborate. Unless you need your reel for a number of different species, you will not to spend a great deal of money on the high priced top of the line reels that are available to the diehard anglers. As long as your reel has a smooth drag that protects your leader, the fish you are going to catch are not even necessarily tussled with on that reel as stripping in your line will land them easily. Quality reels can be purchased within the $40.00 range. Always make sure that there are additional spools that are available as well.      

When it comes to fly lines, there are a number to choose from. If bass fishing is your interest, you will want a monofilament line of anywhere between 6 and 8 pounds when starting out. You may also want to invest in some line cleaner as this will keep your fishing line working just as well as the day you purchased it for many years to come. Proper care of your equipment is the key.

Your connection from your fishing line to your leader can be achieved with either a loop or a knot connection. While loops tend to add a bit of bulk, they rarely inhibit ones casting, although you should always be sure to keep them clear of the guides whenever you are fishing. Short leaders are recommended in the six to eight foot lengths with either a 14 or 12 pound test tippet.