Fly Fishing Rod - What type of fly fishing rod is best for a beginner?

"A suitable fly fishing rod will give you a better fishing experience"

Fishing is probably one of the most popular forms of recreation in the world. All age groups, genders and people from all walks of life enjoy fishing.  The equipment needed to fish is very limited; a fishing rod, reel, fishing line, hooks and lures.

For the uninitiated, fly fishing may seem like a huge mountain to climb but the key to entering the magical world of fly fishing lies in getting the basics right.  The fishing rod is the most important piece of equipment.

What type of fly fishing rod is best for a beginner?

There are two questions that need to be answered:
“What sort of fishing am I going to do?”  That’s the first question.  Are you going to fish in still waters, big lakes, big rivers or small rivers? Depending on the location, you would need a rod that is the perfect length and weight.  As a beginner, it is important to choose a rod that can work well in a lot of situations.  It is not advisable to go for a 10 foot rod of 8# for small rivers or an 8 foot one of 4# for a big river.  For example, if the fishing is going to be done in water with dense brush, then a shorter rod would be a better choice.

The second thing to consider is the budget.  Depending on how deep one’s pocket is, a beginner can get an expensive one, but it must be told that there are plenty of good and cheap fishing rods on the market.  Understanding the basics of casting and asking around would help a beginner find a good deal.

The beginner is likely to be attracted to the faster, tip action rods, but having a rod that is too flexible or too stiff, too short or too long will take the fun out of fly fishing even before getting started.  Here are some important factors to consider.

Weight Of The Fishing Rod
One of the important factors that beginners should look at is the weight of the rod.  A light weight rod is the way to go as it is easier to manage and learn with.
There are three common types of fly fishing rods: Graphite, Cane and Fiberglass.
Although, cane and fiberglass rods are cheaper than the graphite rods; the advantage with graphite rods is that they are light and easy to use as well as being durable, especially so for a beginner.  Having a lot of weight to carry around in the beginning makes it difficult.  A five or six weight is considered to be good. 

Length Of The Rod
A 9-foot long rod is ideal for catching trout.  Of course, as mentioned earlier, the location of fishing plays a very important role in determining the length of the rod. 

Action Of The Rod
Action specifies the bending resistance of the rod.  A medium action would be better for a beginner as this allows good flexibility in any weather conditions, even on a windy day.

Line Weight
The easiest line to use is said to be one that is thinner at the end near the fly and weight-forward – the double-taper.

Type Of Reel
The reel should relate to the weight and length of the rod. If the length and weight of the rod is medium, a medium reel would be perfect.

The best place to purchase a fishing rod is at a bait and tackle shop or a real pro shop.  Pro shops usually have an exchange policy where they will replace the rod.  This can be great for a beginner who can only know if the rod is comfortable or not after checking it out.  The casting technique in beginners is not sufficiently developed and when they end up using the wrong rod that is either too powerful or heavy, it results in not deriving full enjoyment from fly fishing.

The sheer magnificence and the elegance of fly fishing is what attracts people to this very ancient sport.  It is almost like an artist’s canvas that brings out the creativity – the art of attracting or luring those beautiful fish.  This art takes time and immense patience to perfect but no angler has ever complained.