|Here are my rules that I have picked up over the last few years for picking a fly rod.|
|1. Don’t always believe what you read or hear about fly rods. A lot of fly fishing is very personal. We all have slightly different casting styles/preferences. What I like you may not like.2. If at all possible cast the rod and line you intend to use before you buy the rod, even if it is out in a parking lot. With that said some fly shops have loner rods, ask if you can take a rod and reel out on a fishing trip to make sure you really do like it.
3. Always buy a rod that has a warranty. You worked hard for your money so make sure your rods are covered, because the more you fish the higher the chance that you will break a rod. Most companies will offer a warranty for their middle to upper end rods and paying the shipping and repair fee is cheaper then buying a new rod. (I broke my first rod last summer up in Alaska, and it cost $50 to have it repaired).
4. Do your research. Make sure you are not over paying for a rod, and it is the rod you want. Rods have different speeds which can affect the way the cast, so make sure they match your casting style. Also you want to make sure you are getting the right size rod. You don’t want to use an 8 wt for chasing small stream pan size trout, nor would you use a 3 wt for chasing steelhead.
|I think that is it for my tips, here are a few links with other tips.http://www.tellurideangler.com/news/3/How-to-Choose-a-Fly-Rod.html