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Best Fly Rods for the Money

Best Fly Fishing Rod

Best Trout Fly Rods

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Best Fly Reel For The Money

Best Bass Fly Rod

Choosing the Right Fly Line

Best Saltwater Fly Rod

How to Tie a Stimulator Dry Fly

Selecting a Fly Rod

Best Travel Fly Rod

 

Fly Fishing Line

Fly Fishing Lines

Unlike standard gear fishing where you are casting a weighted lure, with fly fishing you are casting the line. It is the exact opposite, the heavier the fly the harder it is to cast. This is because you are casting the line and any weight or size to the fly will want to slow the line down. Therefore, you can expect to spend what would be considered a lot of money by gear fishermen on fly line, but a good high quality line is definitely worth it. You want a line that will load up you rod and cast a nice tight loop, and be one that you can use for a long time and in many different situations.

For a better understanding of lines and the componets that go into setting up your rod, read the information labeled "Choosing the Right Fly Line" below.

 
Reccomended Lines:

All Around Use

Rio VersiTip Fly Line: This line is a WF Floating line that comes with 4 different sinking tips designed to sink at different rates. Rio offers the Versi Tip in line from 4wt - 10wt. With these lines, you can do just about everything you will need anywhere. They do get expensive, but you are buying one line that will work for many different situations. The cost is generaly about $135.00, so it is an investment, but your line does a lot of work.

For more information or to buy this line click the link below:

Rio-VersiTip-Fly-Line

Floating Line:

If you plan on only fishing floating line, then Rio Gold WFF is a great choice. The Rio Grand is similar but more geared toward trout and has a welded loop at the end for easy leader attachment and changing. For more infomation on these lines, follow the links below.

Rio Gold Floating Line

Rio Grand Floating Trout Line

 

Sinking Line

With the advent of interchangeable tips, full sinking lines have seen less and less use. You may still have a need for one though, so I would suggest you look at the Rio Density Compenstaded Sinking Fly Line that comes with interchangeable tips so you can adjust the sink rate. Click the link below for more information.

Rio Density Compenstaded Sinking Fly Line

 

Saltwater

Rio VersiTip will perform excelently in both fresh and saltwater. That is why it is our pick for all round use. When fishing saltwater you will want to be ready for anything and do whatever it takes to get your fly in front of the fish, so interchangable lines are a must. For more information on Rio Versitip lines, click the link below.

Rio-VersiTip-Fly-Line

 

Spey Fly Line

Rio VersiTip Spey Fly Line : The Spey version of the the standard Rio Versitip.

 

Backing

Backing is the line that is tied to the begining of the fly line in case a fish runs through all of the line. It is basically a back up constructed of braided line that should be stronger than your leader. That way if a fish breaks you off, you loose your leader and fly but not the expensive fly line. Here is the backing we recommend: Dacron (20 & 30 lb) and S.A. Gel Spun Backing (30 & 50 lb). Anything over an 8wt I would suggest atleast 30 lb. Go over a 10wt and 50 lb is recommended. The Gel Spun is more expensize but has quailities that you may not want to overlook, especially if fishing in saltwater and for big fish.

Scientific Anglers Dacron Backing: 20 & 30 lbs

Scientific Anglers: XTS Gel Spun Backing 30 & 50 lb, 250' & 500'

 

 

Choosing the Right Fly Line

The Components of a Fly Line Setup

There are several types of line out there; in fact it can get confusing. The standard is weight forward line (WF) and will most likely be the one you want. WF line has a taper at the end where it has a larger diameter and heavier weight than the rest of the line that is designed to shoot the line out of the back cast loop and then drop it down lightly at the end of the cast.
There are other types of line, but they are quickly losing ground as WF line is the correct choice for almost any fishing condition.  It is the only style that I use, and aside from people who buy the cheapest line or combo set that comes with no taper, I don’t know anybody that uses anything different.  If you do buy a cheap combo set, the first thing you will want to do is buy a new WF line and get rid of the junk level line (same diameter throughout the line) it came with. 

Types of lines:


Fly lines are designed to either float or sink.  The most common method when people think of fly fishing is casting to trout with bugs, which requires floating line.  Same goes for nymph fishing, but a split shot weight or weighted fly is used to get the fly to the fish. WF Floating lines are by far the easiest to cast, so if you are just learning the fundamentals of fly fishing, this is probably what you will start with.

With new advancements in lines, full sinking line is quickly becoming less and less popular.  Instead people are using WF floating line and then adding certain tips to the line that have different sink rates.  There are many reasons for wanting your line to sink.  Many times the fish are deep and are feeding on bait fish.  In this case you need a line that will deliver some sort of wet fly that imitates what they are feeding on.  This requires a sinking line or floating line with a sink tip.

The most versatile and becoming more the norm are WF Lines that come with a variety of sinking tips that sink at different rates.  This allows a fly fisherman to be able to adapt his or her techniques quickly to adhere to what the fish are doing.  Personally, all my rods have a WF floating lines with interchangeable tips.  I want to be ready for whatever it will take to hook the big fish.  These combination lines are a little bit more expensive than standard lines, but you get several lines that can be applied to different situations in one package. 
Another way to fish multiple depths with a WF floating line is to buy a spool of sinking line and cut it into different lengths depending on how fast you want it to drop through the water column. This is better suited for advanced fly fisherman as it takes time to know how much sinking line will be the best for certain situations and can sometimes be tougher to cast for the novice. 

Fly Line Backing is usually braided line (gear fishing line) that is place on the reel before the fly line and serves the purpose of a reserve line for those big, reel smokin’ fish that can’t be stopped.  Typically a person will want 200-300 yards of 20 – 30 lb backing depending on the size of fish they are after.  For most applications with a 7wt or lighter, 20lb will be more than enough.  From 8-12 wt you will be better off with 30 lb.  Anything bigger than that and 40lb would probably be a better bet.  A good rule of thumb is to use at least 10lbs heavier than the heaviest portion of your leader (the monofilament line between the fly line and fly).  That way, if you hook a brute and you get into you backing, the leader will break instead of your backing.  So you may lose the fish, but you will still have your spendy fly line.