Many people are unsure
about how to select a rod that is right for them. Besides basing the
decision on what type and size of fish you expect to catch with the
rod, and how much you can afford to spend, consider the issue of rod
Fly rods are designed to bend at different points along the
length of the rod. Some bend, or flex only at the tip of the rod.
These are referred to as fast-action or tip-flex rods. Fast action
rods are designed to achieve greater line speed and distance in the
cast but do so by requiring greater power in the casting stroke..
They often feel rather stiff to the caster and many find them tiring
to cast all day. Generally, these rods will be the manufacturer's
most expensive line of rods.
Some rods bend approximately one-fourth of the way down the
blank. These rods are referred to as medium-fast action rods. They
also provide for high line speed and casting distance, but are
easier to cast over the course of an entire day. These rods are
typically less expensive than fast action rods. Many casters prefer
medium-fast action rods for fishing for large fish such as salmon,
steelhead, pike, and muskie because they have the stiffness in the
butt section of the rod that helps fight a large fish.
Medium-action or mid-flex rods bend about a third of the way down
the rod blank. They are easier to cast for many anglers and help
achieve accuracy better for the average caster. They are less
effective in fighting large fish because not as much of the butt of
the rod is stiff. These rods are usually in the mid range of a
manufacturer's price line.
Full-flex or slow action rods may be the easiest to cast, but
they often have a "wobbly" feel to them because they flex
fully half way down the rod blank. They are ineffective in fighting
large fish because the fly fisher cannot use the stiffness in the
rod butt to hold against a powerful fish. These rods are generally
the least expensive in a price line.
These days most rod manufacturers indicate which type of flex a
rod has. Ask to see the catalog description and be sure to go out
and actually cast any rod you're thinking of buying
Article provided by Pudge
Kleinkauf an Alaskan guide specializing in women's fly fishing
trips. Check her site out at www.womensflyfishing.net.