Trout Fishing Tips - Rod Tips

"Here we'll look at some important aspects of the rod that you use when fishing"

"Rod tips

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  • As the fly-fishing situations vary from place to place and seasons to seasons, the fishing rods also have to be changed accordingly. There is no rod that is ideal for all situations. Here we discuss the different types of rods and their application, especially those used in trout fishing.

  • Different rods with size 24 inches to 16 feet are available. Fly lines are designed with certain weights, and the rods that are to be used should match the weight of the line. For example, a 6-weight line requires a 6-weight rod. Generally, rods with 1-9 weight range are used, but heavier rods are also available in the market for specific applications like those for sea fishing.

  • The selection of the flying rod depends mainly on three factors – the size of the fish, the type of the water, and the kind of fishing.

  • There are different sizes of trout. The general conception is to use a lighter rod for smaller fish and the heavier one for bigger fish. Trout normally weigh 1 to 2 pounds. The largest trout come from East Central region that weigh an average of10 pounds, and those with more than 15 pounds are also found here. Gulf trout weigh an average of 5 to 8 pounds, but can reach up to 10 pounds.

  • There is a misconception that thick lines have to be used for deeper fishing. Thick lines offer more friction in the water than light ones, and thus make the movement of the line difficult through water. In such cases, it is better to use thin lines and hence thin rods. For ideal lake trout fishing, a light rod with six-pound test line would be suitable if you are fishing about 60 feet deep. A heavy action rods have less flexibility, but these rods, along with thick lines, are be used to catch the heavier fish. The weight of the line offers the necessary force to resist the pull from the fish.

  • Fly rods can be used very flexibly, moving in all directions with different speeds. The designations indicate the extent of flexibility during a fly cast. To start with, you can use a medium-flexible rod and then move to the faster ones. Medium action rods are more appropriate as it gives more ‘feel’ to you during fishing. Feeling the rod is important in the beginning, as it will help you direct the target properly and sense the fish as soon as it hits the fly.

  • Water and wind conditions are also to be considered while selecting a rod. For example, if you wish to go for a pretty brook, you must look for a 1- to 4-weight range. For fishing in fresh water lakes, like those in Florida, a 5- to 8- weight rods are appropriate. Salt-water flat fly-fishing can be very exciting with a 6- to 10- weight rod.

  • Though there is no exact specification of rods for different flies, it is ideal to use a 5- weight rod for dry flies and 8 ½ to 9-feet (4 to 5- weight) rods for wet flies.

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