Fly rods

Fly rods

Fly fishers are individualists. Each fly rod also has special properties and has a special character. The fly fisherman uses a fly rod tailored to the intended use and his personal needs.

There are no limits to the material, the components used and the look.

Fly rods

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  1. ECHO 3 freshwater single hand fly rod
    Special Price €339.16 Regular Price €399.00
  2. ECHO One Hand Spey Single Hand Fly Rod
    €579.00
  3. ECHO King Two Hand Fly Rod
    €599.00
  4. ECHO Boost Freshwater Single Handed Fly Rod
    Special Price €223.30 Regular Price €319.00
  5. ECHO Bad Ass Glass Quickshot Single Hand Fly Rod
    €358.99
  6. ECHO Carbon XL Single Hand Fly Rod
    €219.00
  7. ECHO Shadow 2 Nymph Single Hand Fly Rod
    €359.00
  8. ECHO Ion XL Single Hand Fly Rod
    €249.00
  9. ECHO SR Switch fly rod
    €399.00
  10. ECHO TR Trout Spey two hand fly rod
    €469.00
  11. ECHO Swing Spey two hand fly rod
    €329.00
  12. ECHO Traverse Kit single hand fly rod complete set
    €329.00
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One-handed, two-handed, switch - fly rod types

Fly rods are divided into several types. Depending on the application, one uses one-hand fly rods, switch fly rods, or two-hand fly rods. There are different casting techniques for all types.

Single-handed fly rods are used in fresh and salt water. As the name implies, with this one-handed casting technique, the rods are usually held with one hand on the handle of the rod.

A Switch rod is longer than a one-handed rod and is cast like a two-handed rod with two hands on the handle. The action is like a one-handed rod, but with a soft tip.

Two handed fly rods are longer, you cast them with two hands on the handle of the rod. Surely they have seen the two-hand casting techniques, for example, when steelhead or salmon fishing.

Fly rods are divided into different line classes. The higher the line class, the greater the load capacity of a rod. These line classes of the rod also harmonize with the line class of the fly reels or fly lines.

Structure of a fly rod

A fly rod consists of the following parts:

  • Blank: carbon fiber, fiberglass or bamboo
  • Reel seat: plastic, aluminum, carbon or nickel silver with various inserts.
  • Components: Cork handle, end ring, guide rings, snake rings, tip ring wraps
    ,finishes
  • Rod cover and rod tube

Material - carbon fiber to bamboo wood

Traditionally, fly rods are made from bamboo wood. The high craftsmanship of fly fishing. These "special" fly rods live with the name of their builder. The names Walter Brunner, or Robert Stroh are only a few among the well-known craftsmen. However, wood as a natural material also has its peculiarities. Spliced bamboo rods should be dried after use and stored accordingly to prevent the wood from warping.

Later, fiberglass was used in the construction of fly rod blanks. At that time, the glass mats were still quite thick and the material did not have much stiffness. The rods were heavy and there were sometimes problems with temperature differences. Modern glass rods are "trendy" specialist rods. The thin glass fiber has also made it possible to achieve the necessary stiffness in the blank.

Carbon fiber blanks have the highest share in the construction of fly rods. In contrast to fiberglass, these have the necessary stiffness and the material also impresses with its low weight.

The right length of the fly rod

The length of the fly rod usually depends on the dimension of the water, density of the bank vegetation and the occurring fish species. Specifications of the rod length come from the English and are measured in feet. 1 Ft = approx. 30 cm. As a rule, for example:

  • One-handed rod stream = short rod 7'0 Ft to 8'0 Ft
  • Single hand rod medium water or salt water = 8'0 Ft to 8'6 Ft
  • Single hand rod saltwater = 8'6Ft to 9'6Ft
  • Single hand rod larger rivers and lakes = 9'0 Ft to 10'0 Ft
  • Switch rod for larger waters = 10'0 Ft to 12'0 Ft
  • Two-handed rod = 12'0Ft to 15'00 Ft

One hand, switch, two hand rod

Depending on the target fish and waters, one uses the one-handed, switch or two-handed rods in freshwater or saltwater for fly fishing. These rods differ in different handle combinations and lengths. Longer rods are suitable for longer distances and often protect the musculoskeletal system with the appropriate casting technique.

Line classes for fly rods

The line class provides information about the load capacity of the fly rod. For beginners, a small line class, e.g. #4 or #5, is recommended for single-handed rods (for trout, grayling, char with dry flies and nymphs), for dry fly purists #4 and smaller. The heavier the insect imitation used (weight of the bait during transport) and the species of fish encountered, the higher the line grade, e.g. #7, or #8 for domestic predators or #8 on bonefish or #12 on GT in saltwater.
For two-handed rods, but also for some one-handed or switch rods, when casting with so-called shooting heads or shooting head lines, the weight of the line is often specified with grains / grams instead of line class and matched with the fly rod.

Rod action

The rod action is usually determined on the basis of the casting style, the intended use or the flow velocity of the water.
Sporty casters usually prefer faster actions with the blank of the fly rod, more sensitive casters usually prefer slower actions.
Fast actions are often advantageous in faster flowing waters, in slow flowing waters the fly fisherman has more time when tacking, so slower actions are best suited for this use.
For delicate dry fly fishing and thin leaders, the action of the rod should not be too fast, it could increase leader breakage.

Rod division

In the past, there were usually only two-piece fly rods. Today's connections are very matured by the industry, currently almost only four-piece rods are offered. It is true that the fewer parts the less often a rod is readjusted or aligned. Multi-part rods are easier to stow when traveling by air, no extra bulky items and therefore a cost savings.

Warranty on material and spare parts

Each fly rod brand has its replacement part provisions. Numerous companies offer a warranty to the first owner with the appropriate handling of the product. With this warranty, they receive a replacement part for a set period of time at a fixed price. This parts warranty is often called handling charge.

Rod tube transport tips

Always transport your rod with rod sleeve in a rod tube. Never lay the rod on the ground (always stand it up). Most breakages are caused by slammed car doors or simple "the rod is placed on the ground during a fishing break and subsequently overlooked".

Numerous breakages happen when casting with weighted lures, such as tungsten heads. When the bait is struck on the blank, so-called hairline cracks can occur and the blank breaks.

Attention

Carbon fiber attracts lightning, avoid waters when thunderstorms are approaching. Also watch out for low hanging power lines when casting the line!

Fly rod and type of fish - which fly rod is suitable for which fish?

Basically, the larger the target fish, the higher the line class of the fly rod. The line class provides information about the load capacity of a rod. In addition, with a higher line class of the fly rod you can also transport heavier baits when casting.

Buy fly rods online - Pijawetz offers different price classes

There are rod models of different quality classes for your type of cast. Ask yourself if you are a sporty caster or a caster with a lot of feeling. We at Pijawetz have been offering fly fishing courses for many years and are well trained in advising fly fishermen. We are happy to help you with advice within your budget.

Manufacturer

Marryat (Switzerland/France - Japan): Premium Single Handed Fly Rods. High quality materials and components, cleanest workmanship in the medium price segment. A top recommendation!

Echo (USA): The fly rod brand from the USA from the specialist Tim Rajeff. Great value for money with a huge selection of single hand, switch and double hand rods for fresh and salt water. Ideal for beginners and advanced anglers.

Scott (USA): Highest quality fly rods from the rod building forge of Scott. Handcrafted "life rods" built with the highest quality materials and components. Scott offers series for freshwater and saltwater use, from single-handed, switch, to two-handed rods.

FAQ

Are there special fly rods for women?

Women and men use the same fly rods. However, it can be observed that women often choose smaller line classes and the action of the fly rod is selected rather slow or medium-fast. This has the advantage that the material of fly rods with medium and slow action supports more sensitive caster and they need less force when casting.

What is a spliced fly rod?

A spliced fly rod is a traditional fly rod that is constructed from bamboo and is a specialty among fly rods. The rod lives with the name of the rod maker. Often collector's items and unique pieces of high quality that require additional affection after fishing. Wood lives, so the rods are dried and specially cared for after fly fishing.

Can I fly fish with a normal rod?

There are several techniques with which flies or nymphs can be transported even with a spinning rod. For example, using a water ball. but for a fly fisherman, nothing can replace a fly rod.....

What is a nymph rod?

In principle, nymphs can be transported with any fly rod.

However, there are techniques in fly fishing where you use specially constructed nymph rods. These nymph rods are usually longer, with a fine tip / line class. For overhead casting, the rods are only suitable to a limited extent due to offset guide rings. E.g. Echo Shadow and Carbon XL Euro Nymph.