Used Fly Rods
Offering fly rods for salt water, freestone rivers, still water (lake fishing) or spey rods for fishing the mighty Fraser River, Michael & Young can assist you when choosing your first fly rod or adding to your fly rod arsenal.
Fly rods are the focal point of any fly angler's toolbox. And finding the correct rod for you is paramount. At Michael & Young, we are avid BC fly anglers with many years of experience fishing the BC waters and have helped our customers find the best rods for them since 1985. We are here to ask questions and guide you as you select the optimum rod for your fishing style.
What is fly rod weight and why should you care? Because with fly fishing, it is the weight of the fly line that casts the fly. With conventional fishing, the weight of the lure carries out the line. A rod's weight rating denotes the weight of line that should be used with it. If you have a five-weight rod, it's made to be fished with a five-weight line.
When selecting a rod weight, several factors need to be considered:
Fly rods are generally longer than conventional rods, but can vary greatly in length. Shorter rods, 6-8 ft., are excellent for small creeks with many obstacles to cast around. Longer rods, 8-10 ft., work well in larger bodies of water where lengthier casts are necessary to reach fish. These types of rods are ideal for nymphing waters with complex currents, as they help you reach over contradicting flows and obtain a better drift. Rods longer than 10 ft. are typically spey or switch rods.
The action of a fly rod refers to how flexible the fly rod is. Flex refers to how deeply the rod bends during casting. For the most part, fly rod flex ranges are divided into three categories:
Before the 1940's, most fly rods were made of bamboo. There are those who still use and prefer it. Fiberglass rods gradually replaced the bamboo rods and are still in use today. Today most modern rods are made from graphite. Graphite is lighter and stronger than fiberglass, and the trends towards longer and lighter rods leads anglers to prefer graphite over fiberglass.
As fly rod technologies continue to advance, more materials are being used to develop them. Each rod material has its advantages.
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