How to Choose a Fly Rod

Fly fishing can be an exciting and rewarding experience for avid fishers and newbies alike. But there’s a lot that goes into being properly prepared. One of the most important things is choosing the right rod.

With so many options, how do you know which rod is the one you need to make the perfect catch?

What are you fishing for?

Your choice of rod will depend largely on what type of fish you’re hoping to catch. For example, you wouldn’t use the same rod for catching trout that you would for catching large bass. Fly rods are rated by weight, so you’ll need a lighter rod (1-6) for trout and a heavier rod (6-8) for the bass. Similarly, a freshwater fly rod won’t be effective for saltwater fishing.


Another factor to consider is how long the rod should be. The fly rod acts as a lever, so proper length is essential. In general, the longer the rod, the easier it will be to get more distance on your cast, mend your line and fight fish. But location should also factor into your decision. For example, if you are on a smaller stream, you will want a shorter rod to more easily navigate overhanging brush. A shorter rod will also help you be more precise when casting at close range.

Once you’ve found the perfect rod, come stay with us at Lawrence Bay Lodge for the ultimate fly-fishing experience! Contact us today and let us help you plan some Northern Pike fly-fishing on Reindeer Lake that you will never forget.