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Fishing Rods

Fly-fishing-rods. Which one do you buy? How can you know if you should pick rod A or rod B?

Before making your selection you need to be aware of how rods are classified. Once you know this you can buy the rod that is most suited to your type of fly-fishing.

Rods are classified by weight. By this we don't mean the actual weight of the rod but rather the weight of the line that the rod can cast.

This system was devised many moons ago by the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers association.

Under this system each rod is assigned a number, (the higher the number the more powerful the rod) which defines how powerful it is.

For example a 7-foot rod rated 7-weight is more powerful than a 7-foot rod rated 4-weight.

In addition to the weight the length is another important consideration. The disadvantages of short fly-fishing- rods i.e. under 7 feet, is that they will have a restricted casting range that will limit you to brooks, streams and small rivers and for properly balanced fishing- tackle a rod of this size would be allied with a 3 or 4- weight line restricting you to smaller species.

But like the curate's egg it's not all bad. A short rod is easier to handle, especially in undergrowth or where overhanging branches are a problem, it is lighter and allows you to cast the fly much more accurately. Also, as the line you are using is comparatively light it won't create much of a disturbance when it hits the surface of the water.

Of course, there are a lot of rods above seven feet in length. In fact they go all the way up to 16 feet. The largest of these are used mainly to fish for salmon.

However, 10 foot rods are the most commonly used length in fly-fishing. This is due to the popularity of reservoir fishing.

Other factors that come into play when selecting a rod are how does it feel? Do you like its looks. How many pieces does the rod break down into, how does it cast etc.

Finally, a word of caution. Don't take what the dealer tells you as the gospel truth. He may just be trying to shift last years stock of fly-fishing-rods.

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