A Brief Overview Of Fly Fishing Equipment
RodsFly rods come in a variety of weights and lengths. The type of rod you purchase should reflect the type of fly fishing you intend to do. For example, if you're going to chase tarpon in saltwater, you'll likely need a long, heavy rod. If your goal is fishing for trout in small streams or rivers, a shorter, lighter rod will be more effective. Most rods are constructed of a durable carbon fiber. They're usually lightweight and can absorb much of the force from a fish that's putting up a fight.
ReelsMost anglers use their reels to store their line. This is because fly fishing entails drawing and pulling the line with your hands (as opposed to reeling it in as anglers do in deep water fishing). Though more robust reels have been introduced for those pursuing larger fish, most fly fishing anglers prefer manual reels that allow their hands to do most of the work.
FliesFly fishermen choose from thousands of different flies to lure fish to take the hook. Some anglers even make their own. Most flies are made using a combination of feathers, fibers and threads (either artificial or authentic) to give fish the impression that the fly is something they normally feed upon. Though some anglers claim that certain flies are best-used for attracting certain types of fish, most flies are effective for luring multiple species.
Fly LinesFly lines are made in various ways according to their objectives. Some lines are designed to float (such as in dry fly trout fishing). Other lines are designed to sink, helping nymphing anglers drive their flies below the water's surface. Most lines are made of a nylon monofilament. Often, they're wrapped inside a polyvinyl chloride casing to provide more durability and strength.
The fly lines used by veteran anglers are designed for rods of particular weights. For example, a 9wt rod is best-suited for a 9wt line. Matching different weight lines and rods will usually yield less-than-optimal results.