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Fly Fishing Rods

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Learn More About Fly Fishing Rods


Get the perfect fly fishing rod at Field & Stream. Choose from a great selection of top fly rods from the best brands, like Redington®, Sage®, St. Croix®, Fenwick® and more. Whether you’re targeting trout at your favorite stream or going for saltwater game fish, you’ll find the rod you need here.

Looking for more? Check out our entire selection of fly fishing gear and accessories.

Buying Considerations

There are several factors you’ll want to consider when choosing a fly rod.


Weight rating is the key consideration for choosing the right fly fishing rod. Here is a general guide for some of the most popular species targeted by fly anglers:

  • 1 – 3 WT: Panfish; brook trout
  • 4 WT: Medium-sized trout
  • 5 – 6 WT: All trout; average-sized bass
  • 7 WT: All bass; large trout; steelhead; small to medium-sized salmon
  • 8 WT: Bonefish
  • 10 WT: Permit; small tarpon; barracuda
  • 12 WT: Tarpon

For best results, the fly line weight you use should match your rod’s weight rating.


You’ll essentially want to choose fly rod length based on your surroundings. Go with a shorter rod between 6 – 8 feet if you’re fishing a small stream—this will give you added control and maneuverability. When fishing in more open areas where longer casts may be required, look for an 8-10 foot rod. The 9-foot fly rod is arguably the most versatile choice.


Action describes how flexible the fly rod is. Use the following points to select the action you need:

  • Fast Action: This describes a fly rod that bends mostly in the tip on the backcast. The stiffness of fast-action fly rods provides added power, making them ideal for long casts. When fishing in a tight space, a fast-action rod may not be the best option.
  • Moderate/Moderate Fast: Moderate rods will bend down to the middle of the rod on the backcast; moderate-fast rods will be a little more stiff. Moderate-action rods are quite versatile and perform well in a wide variety of fishing environments. Moderate action is the most popular option for trout fishing.
  • Slow Action: Slow-action fly rods offer maximum flexibility. On the backcast, a slow-action rod will bend almost down to the handle. These rods are ideal for targeting small fish in small streams. Slow-action rods are the most forgiving, making them a good choice for a beginner to learn with.