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King Salmon

10wt Fly Fishing Rods

Photo: King Salmon Compliments of Hoodo Fishing Adventures, Alaska

Big fish require big, stiff rods, and big, hard to cast flies. Therefore a quality rod is essential when it comes to bigger fish. You do not want to lose the fish of your life and have the feeling that it may have been due to the fact that your rod is under powered. King Salmon, Dorado, Bonefish, Permit, Trevally, Tarpon, and the like are well suited for a 10wt. Not including Salmon and Big Steelhead, most of the 10wt applications will be on saltwater where wind can be a problem and where long casts are the norm. For these reasons it is suggested that you go with the best rod that you can afford, as you will be casting it all day, except when you are fighting fish, which is all the more reason to have a quality rod.

Perferred 10wt Fly Rods

It gets harder to find quaility, inexpensive rods as you move up in weight. Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) is a rod company that has built an arsenal of rods that are aimed at anglers first entering the sport, as well as those who are just looking to build up their collection while sticking to a tighter budget than the other big named rod makers will allow. All of the rods that TFO builds are well made and come standard with a lifetime warranty, just like the other big names in fly fishing, making this the rod of choice for someone who is not willing to spend the type of cash the others demand for their products. I have yet to hear anybody complain about their TFO, including myself. 

To Check out this rod, follow this link: Temple Fork Outfitters - Curtis Flemming Series

Sage Flight Series: A great price comes with a great rod. Who new technology would ever play such a big role in fly fishing? The flight rods are built to be light, smooth and load up efficiently, a perfect combination for any fly rod at any price. This 10wt is pretty standard so you will know what you are getting before you get it: an exceptional rod and great value. 

To Check out this rod, follow this link: Sage Flight

 

Although the G. Loomis Cross Current is a lower priced rod than what would be considered the middle of the road, or rod in this case, for most fly rods. What it doesn't lack is the quality and feel of the high end rods. It does come in two price ranges with he GLX models, definitely in the high end price range, the standard are a little less schnazy, but get the job done no problem. The Cross Current was originally designed with saltwater situations in mind, but it has excelled at all other conditions. The added length at 9' 9" helps to move a lot of line as well as performing well in the wind. These are good attributes no matter where you are fishing. I bought this rod right before a steelhead trip. When I got back I bought a G. Loomis Cross Current 10wt for a trip to Baja. This rod takes the same place for the 8wt and 9wt page as well. For the price, you won’t find a better mid-priced rod. 

To Check out this rod, follow this link: G. Loomis Cross Current

 

The R.L. Winston Boron II MX is a great all purpose fly rod be it a salt or fresh water situation and medium size fish. MX stands for maximum in the fact that you get maximum distance, power and fish fighting ability in an 8wt rod. All of R.L. Winston's rods are extremely well made, but according to my neighbor and fly fishing guide, this is one of the best. I would have to agree. If you are willing to spend the money to buy a state of the art rod, here you go.

To Check out this rod, follow this link: R.L. Winston Boron II MX

*** There is an updated series that appears to be very similar to this one that must have a few upgrades, as Winston is praising it to possibly be the best rod they have made. There is a catch though, it starts at another $55.00 more than the Boron II MX. The thing is though, you will already be spending $700.00 on the original, so what's another $55.00. Either way, I am sure you will be pleased with either, so you can make that call.

Click this link to chech out the New R.L. Winston Boron IIIX

 

Although the price is justified, one rod that is well beyond most budgets is the R.L. Winston Bamboo Steelhead Rod. Bamboo gives an angler the ulimate feel and sensitivity while offereing great line control. With the price tag this rod comes with, only fly fishermen and women with a large budget will be able to drop this kind of cash on a rod. One cast with a rod like this will show you why they carry the price tag they do. If you decide to buy one then you might want to buy one from a company that has been building bamboo rods for over 75 years.

To Check out this rod, follow this link: R.L. Winston Steelhead Bamboo Rod