Best Beginner Fly Rods: What To Look For

Best Beginner Fly Rods: What To Look For

The introduction to fly fishing can be intimidating. There are different terms, extra knots, and the reel isn’t even actually used for throwing. However, good fly rods for beginners, as well as additional fly fishing equipment for beginners, can be found in handy pre-packaged kits.

The best fly fishing combo for beginners is included: a beginner fly rod, a reel, preferably already loaded with back, fly line and tippet (which will reduce the number of knots to learn at this point), as well as some flies and maybe a pair of tweezers for removing flies. One disadvantage of a prepackaged combination is that you may not be able to “test” the fly rod in the package. This can be difficult anyway in the tightest of spaces in most store aisles, but at least you can be sure that the weights of the string and rod are well balanced. If all of the required components are purchased together, there is a better chance that you will whip and whip some water.

When you have the opportunity to test a fly rod, the best beginner fly rods should “feel good”. It should be whippy, like a spring can load and unload, but stop shaking when that makes sense. The best fly rods for beginners are selected based on experience and personal preference. If you can test fly fishing equipment in an outdoor store, you will feel the differences in your hands between, say, a 5-6 wt% rod and an 8-9 wt% rod. After apologizing for knocking off the other client’s hat, test the differences as you change lengths and brands. Ultimately, it should be difficult to put the fly rod down.

Finally, the best fly rods for beginners are simply the ones that are used. And it doesn’t have to be just for rainbow trout. Choose a medium length and medium weight beginner fly rod to allow multiple species such as bluegill, bass, and pike to be targeted. As you gain experience, you will learn which direction to go with your next rod. Also note the number of fly rod sections. This 11-foot rod may feel great, but if it’s one-piece and won’t fit in your hatchback, the 4-piece fly rod is a better choice.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.