Skip to main content

How to Choose a Fly Rod by the Orvis Company

Want to get into fly fishing this spring? Let Orvis show you how to choose a fly rod that suits your fishing needs.

When you just want to start out in fly fishing the amount of fly rod choices, line types, leaders and gear can seem overwhelming.

Well, it doesn’t have to be, watch this short video with Pete Kutzer of the Orvis fly fishing school to ensure you make the right choice, it may be simpler than you think.

Environment, size of the fly and size of the fish you want to pursue is going to determine what type of fly rod you buy.

My advice for the typical North American angler new to fly fishing is to start with a 5 or 6 weight rod. This falls squarely in the middle of weight ranges and will allow you to go after trout, bass, pan fish and even pike. While it won’t be perfect for very small streams it will still get the job done. Once you progress more into the sport and become more proficient then look at getting into a variety of rods for different fishing conditions. I now own an Orvis 4 weight for those smaller trout streams and a variety of 6 weights for rivers and lakes so I can tackle bigger trout, bass and other freshwater species.

Remember, fly fishing can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, it can seem intimidating at first with the amount of gear and technical aspects, don’t let that stop you starting out. The best thing you can do is find a reputable dealer, such as an Orvis approved distributor and shop and see them, they will be glad to get you started out on one of the best outdoor activities in the world.


you might also like

How to Choose a Fly Rod by the Orvis Company