7wt Fly Fishing Rods
Photo: Chris was happy to have his 7wt rod when this 4lb 9 oz small mouth bit his mudler fly.
7wt fly rods are well suited for large and small mouth bass, small steelhead, walleye, and smaller saltwater fish. Top water dry flies, though not out of the question, will not be able to be presented light enough to be very presistent on big trout. That being said, if one was to be casting big poppers for largemouth bass, or wieghted streamers for Dollies, then you will probably not find a better sized rod than a 7wt. A little extra backbone is needed when trying to get certian flies out of the water or to fight heavier, stronger fish. A 7wt rod is perfect for Grande Ronde River steelhead and smallmouth bass, or it could be used in lakes for big large mouth. This is a very versatile rod weight, but like all, it has its limitations. Great on fish that range from 2-8 lbs.
Perferred 7wt Fly Rods
Entry Level: Sage Vantage
Sage Vantage: Recently hit the market and quickly becoming the most sought after rod for people who want to get into fly fishing, but need to do so on a budget. It is also available as part of a complete set with everything you need except flies. The Vantage rod was built with the beginner in mind with a design that improves casting for those who have yet to learn the technique it takes to get consistent distance and accuracy. Don't expect the lightest, most natural presentation that an advanced fly fisherman might get out of a higher priced rod, but if you are just getting into this sport, it will take some time to get to this level. A well made beginner’s rod such as the Sage Vantage will be built to compensate for flaws in technique that most fishermen new to the sport of fly fishing will have and will also help to improve upon that technique.
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Value Priced Rod: R.L. Winston Vapor
The R.L. Winston Vapor rod takes the cake for a great rod at an excellent price. Winston has been making rods for years and this one will be hard to beat at this price. Winston ought to be able to produce a good fishing rod as they are designed in Twin Bridges, MT surrounded by great trout waters.
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Middle of the Rod: Sage VT2
Sage VT2: this is an excelent rod for a variety of fish and conditions. The VT2 series was designed with two thing in mid: make a rod that is easy for beginners to cast, and has a feel that a even a seasoned fly fishing vet will love. Each rod in this series is designed to best fit the line size, and covers a range from 3 wt to 10 wt.
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High End Rod: Sage TCX
The Sage TCX is my pick, as well as many other experienced anglers, for its innovation and ability to make distance defining cast. This is the perfect rod for Casting Sinktip Lines and or wind catching flies that are common with all types of Bass, trout, steelhead, and other types of fishing!
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Bamboo Rod: Winston Bamboo Fly Rods
One rod that is well beyond my budget is the R.L. Winston Bamboo Light Trout 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 are sought so much. 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.
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