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12wt Fly Fishing Rods

Photo: Roosterfish from Hotel Buena Vista, East Cape, Baja CA Sur, Mexico

I hope your arm is in shape. 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. Sail Fish, Dorado, Wahoo, Tarpon, Marlin, Roosters, Shark, and other big Saltwater fish are what 12wt's are made for. 12wt applications will mostly 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 12wt Fly Rods

It gets harder to find quaility, inexpensive rods as you move up in weight. The Sage managed to build the Flight 12wt inexpensively, but with quaility in mind. Sure it won't offer the sensitivity and lightness that a high end rod can, but it will offer a great rod for a beginner or someone who is looking to add to their arsenal; a great candidate for a wife's (or husband's) rod or for a freind. It would also make a good spare as it is always nice to have an extra rod in the boat. 

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

See the mid-priced below. The margins get tighter with rod weight when it comes to price and quality. Therefore the G. Loomis takes both places on the list with, once again, the Cross Current. If something works well, why change it.

Dorado, Costa RicaAlthough 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