How to Choose the Best Fly Fishing Rod

Jess KContributor IIIJuly 20, 2010

DONGTOU COUNTY, CHINA - OCTOBER 8: (CHINA OUT) Contestants are seen in action during the 1st China Dongtou International Reef Fishing Celebrity Invitational Game on October 8, 2008 in Dongtou County of Zhejiang Province, China. Over 100 contestants of 43 teams from home and abroad attended the event. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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If you are contemplating the purchase of a new fly fishing rod, you may think you already know exactly what it is that you want to purchase. However, if you are unsure as to what is the best way to go about deciding on your investment, consider the information below before making your purchase.


  • Determine what it is that you will be using this particular fishing rod for, as it may affect how much you are willing to spend if you are only going to use it once a year as opposed to on a regular basis.

  • Where it is that you intend to fish can do a lot to help you determine which kind of rod you will want. If you fish by sitting on the edge of a pond, you may have different needs than if you wade into a river.

  • Fishing on a regular basis could be a determining factor as well. There is no reason to spend a great deal of money on an expensive model if you are only going to use it every once in a while.

  • If this new fishing rod is going to be your main rod, you will want to be sure that it meets all of the requirements you may already have for your needs. It is important to not compromise on any of these, especially if it means your own comfort.

  • Which kind of weight are you going to be expecting from your new rod? A light rod might be better if you either have to hold it all day or fish in the middle of the river, but if you leisurely fish on the side of a lake, this may not make a difference.

  • Be sure the rod will still be easy to use even when your hands are wet and cold.

  • If your old fishing reels don’t happen to work very well along with your new rod, you will definitely want to make sure you get the appropriate ones.

  • It isn’t so much as important the brand that you purchase, as it is the comfort level of your new rod. While it is important to know which brands you are partial to, never stop experimenting with others.

  • While you may have your budget in mind when choosing a new fly fishing rod, there is no point in purchasing a cheaper rod that you will ultimately be unhappy with. If you don’t like the rod you buy, chances are you won’t use it.