Buying fly rods is no easy task.
There are so many factors you have to consider. Plus, the amount of reviews and opinions we receive from all corners isn’t making the decision any easier.
From the rod action to the type of handle and rings, it can be pretty overwhelming for the novice caster. Factor in every professional’s say and you’re this close to snapping.
So how should you really choose a fly rod? Kirk Deeter of famed fly fishing websites, Field & Stream recently gave his two cents about it.
“There are just too many variables in a total flyfishing setup to realistically make a blanket evaluation for everyone. We can talk about total weight, and tapers, and where the rod flexes, how it generates line speed (or not), the graphite and resins that influence action and durability, etc… But it’s totally impossible to factor in every single variable, given the zillions of rod-line-reel combinations that can be made these days,” he writes.
He cites review websites such as Five-Weight Shootout as the perfect example. The experts on the site do a pretty good job on delivering objective reviews. However, the Thomas & Thomas Spire rod landed at the #17 spot, which isn’t to Deeter’s agreement.
“I’m not criticizing the Shootout. I think it’s great. I agree with the test team on 90 percent of their analyses, especially the Scott Radian. But what I’m saying is that I might choose a different reel, or line, and I might factor in other variables (like what these companies do to support conservation and specialty fly shops), and my results might therefore be a little different. You might change the criteria even more, and your results might be different than mine, or theirs, or anyone else’s.”
The bottom line? Deeter explains that whichever rod you end up with, you should be friends with it. Some of his fellow casters speak highly of certain rods. However when he gives these rods a go, he doesn’t feel the same way.
So when buying a rod, ensure you make it your own. Despite all the reviews and opinions out there, one matters most: Yours.
image source: fieldandstream.com