When we’re choosing a rod, the equipment that
we need to start out fishing with. The first thing you want to think about, is what size
body of water, are you going to be fishing? Are you going to be fishing a small river?
A large river? Are you going to be fishing a big lake, a small lake? Are you going to
be dealing with wind? You also want to think about the size of line, that you’re going
to be casting, the size of fish you’re going to be trying to catch, and then also, the
size of fly, that you’re going to be casting, and then the other thing that’s really important,
which a lot of people don’t think about, is how the rod is matching your personality.
In other words, are you an aggressive person? Athletic? Are you easy going? Do you do things
smooth? You want to get the rod to match you, as close as you can, to meet all the conditions,
that you’re trying to accomplish, so we’re going to talk about rod actions. This is a
traditional, old Fenwick Fiberglass Rod. When you flex it, see how it flexes pretty much,
all the way down to here? This is called a Full- Flex Rod. This is good for like short
cast, fishing small streams, and that kind of stuff. The next rod we’re going to move
into,is what you would call a Medium Action Rod. Now, medium action and the word flex,
are inclusive, but I’m going to kind of break them down, and talk about flexes as the overall
flex of the rod ,and the action is how it bends, so when we actually put some force
to this rod, do you see how it bends in the middle? so, this is going to be a Medium Flex
Rod. Now, when we slow it down, see how it still bends in the middle? so this would be
an excellent rod for a person who is kind of athletic, or aggressive in their casting.
You want to try to match a rod to a person’s personality. The next type of action that
we have, is what you might call a stiff action, but mostly in the industry, they call them
Fast Actions, so as you can see when I flex this, how the whole rod is stiff. Well, this
is going to be a great rod for casting in the wind, but the disadvantage about it is,
because it’s so stiff, unless you are using like six pound leaders, or three X Tipits,
as X is designated in the fly fishing industry, then you’re going to break off a lot of fish,
so that’s the disadvantage of having a nice stiff or Fast Action Rod. Most of the time
when we start thinking about fly fishing, we think about fly casting with the Single
Handed Rod. That’s the most commonly used, and the one’s that can be used in most situations,
but then the other type of rod that a lot of people don’t think about, is a Two Handed
Rod. That means that the rod is actually held with both the top hand and the bottom hand,
or it can be changed around. That’s what you call Spay Casting, and Spay Casting or Spay
Fishing, is the ability to be able to cast a line in situations where you have no back
cast room, and so that’s where the Spay Casting Rod is used the most. Also, with the rod being
longer, you have the ability to control the line, after it is presented in the water.
Whereas, the shorter rod limits you, with how much control you have of the line, by
the length of the rod.