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We are truly living in a golden age of fishing tackle. The global tackle industry has embraced a wealth of cutting-edge technology making our tackle lighter, stronger and more fun to use than ever before. This applies as much, if not more to rods than any other tackle item. Our fly rod range includes everything from our value rods perfect for beginners and those on a budget to specialist fly rods suited to specific techniques and demanding species.
Here are a few commonly used terms that describe fly rods explained.
Most fly rods have a cork handle and for a single-handed rod will have one of three basic shapes:-
Cork – Varies in quality greatly and every year it gets harder for rod manufacturers to find premium grade material. Top quality cork has fewer imperfections and a uniform colour, but the great thing is all cork gains character as it ages giving your rod its own unique feel.
On lighter rods reel fittings may have an attractive wood or carbon insert with a single locking nut, heavier rods will have two locking nuts – always undo these one at a time and if they get stuck never be tempted to force them undone or use pliers directly on to the alloy nut to free them. Heavier rods may have anodised fittings to prevent corrosion making them suitable for saltwater use.
Heavier fly rods will have a short extension to the handle fitted behind the reel seat, ending in a fatter button of cork, composite or rubber. This is useful when playing large fish and to keep your reel clear of the ground if you stand your rod up against a tree.
There are several types of rings that can be used on a fly rod. Starting just above the handle some rods will have a keeper ring – a simple U- shaped wire to hook your fly on to when not fishing. Next there will normally be a large lined (possibly with a hard smooth material such as silicon carbide) ring referred to as a stripping ring designed to take the wear and tear of the flyline being pulled back and forth. There may be two of these on rods for larger line weights. The rest of the rings will be either snake rings, single leg rings or recoil rings, each has its advantages. Snakes are very strong, single legs maximise the rods performance and are light and recoils are very durable. Finally the tip ring will normally be a hayfork or loop design in hard chrome.
As all fly fishers know to their cost there is no single fly rod that will excel in more than a few fishing situations. Here is a guide to the general consensus on which rods should be used for particular applications:-
|Large Reservoirs 9.5’ – 10’ 7/8 weight||Flats Bonefish/UK saltwater 9’ 7/9 weight|
|Small Still waters 9’ – 9.5’ 5/6 weight||Flats Permit/Baby tarpon 9’ 9/10 weight|
|Large rivers 9’ – 10’ 4/6 weight||Big Tarpon/bluewater 9’ 11/13 weight|
|Small rivers/streams 7’- 8.5’ 2/5 weight||Sailfish/Big Sharks/Tuna 9’/8.5’ 12/14 weight|
|Sea-trout/Light salmon 10’ 7/8 weight|
Guide by Sportfish expert Allan Shephard AAPGAI
For more help and information on purchasing your new single-handed rod please contact Sportfish on 01544 327111 or email [email protected]