Fly Fishing Rod - How Much Do I Need To Spend To Get A Reasonable Fly Fishing Rod?

"Good fly fishing rods certainly do not cost the earth"

I wish we fly fishers could be like golfers, with a big bag full of rods.  No matter what situation we encounter, we would have the right rod to use.  After a few years of fly fishing, you may accumulate a selection of rods for different fishing conditions.  But how much should you spend on your fly fishing rod now? 

As much as we would all love to cast a $3000 piece of art, there are so many reasonably priced fishing rods in the market that you can get hold of one without having to take another mortgage loan.

There are low priced, mid-range and high-end fly fishing rods.  The low priced rods of today are of good quality and will work for a few years without problems.  The mid-range certainly provides best value for the buck and they target anglers looking for reasonably priced rods.

Without a doubt, the most popular today are graphite rods.  These are relatively new rods and there are different types of graphite fly fishing rods.  When looking for rods, you will realize that the lighter the rod the more expensive.  Reasonably priced does not always mean cheap, because in many cases, this may lead to purchasing another rod in just a few years because of the bad quality of the first rod.  In terms of price, these rods are usually mid-range. They are usually less expensive than a similar bamboo rod and more expensive than a fiberglass rod.

The most important thing to do is to invest in the best rod you can afford.  As with everything else, there is also a “value for price” relationship where fly fishing rods are concerned.  You can certainly use a $60 fly fishing rod but you will only end up unhappy and frustrated, especially if you are a beginner.  Good quality rods are not very expensive these days.  You can get a very good fly fishing rod in the $100 and $150 range.  Most of the major fly rod manufacturers stock rods in this price range.  Even if spending $600 or $800 is not a big deal for you, it is highly unlikely that even the expert anglers will be able to tell you that the expensive rod is three or four times better than the cheaper one.  If you are willing to go up to $300, then you will be able to get a great rod and reel, and perhaps a backing or a line.

Another suggestion if you’re looking for a reasonably priced fly fishing rod is not to go for bamboo rods or even fiberglass rods.  Good bamboo rods are on the expensive side, so even if you find one that is within your budget, it is most likely not a quality one.  Looks like fiberglass rods are going the way of the dinosaur.  They can be appealing to a first-time buyer as they are the least expensive.  However, many anglers have begun trading their heavier fiberglass rods with the much lighter, easier to cast and more forgiving graphite rods.  These rods are mid-priced and in spite of the fact that you may have to spend a few dollars extra on them when compared to fiberglass rods, they come under the “reasonably priced” category and offer best value for money.  There are plenty of reasonably priced rods out there, and TFO is one of the major manufacturers that people talk about in the same breath as reasonable pricing.

To cut a long story short, you can get a great fly fishing rod for a few dollars more than $100 and if you’re really looking for a bargain on the reel too, check out eBay and you may just find one for about $70.  Now, get a rod you can kick around, go out and have fun, without breaking the bank in the process.