Best Fly Fishing Rods

When searching for the best fly fishing rod for your needs, there are a few things to consider before purchasing a rod.

Let’s quickly discuss these then highlight some of the best selling rods out there, in different categories.

In preparing these reviews, I wanted to always keep in mind the important of casting, line control, and landing the fish. These are all important factors in determining how good a fly fishing rod is, and these were all considered in the recommendations below.

It is also important to consider the weights, lengths, and action of the fly rods.

What these “considerations” really boil down to is the type of fish your going after, and in which areas you plan to fish.

Therefore, our recommendations are based on three categories:

  • Fishing for trout
  • Fishing for bass
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Beginner packages

Fly Fishing Rods for Trout

As mentioned above, the weight and action of particular rods will depend on the type of fish you’re fishing for, and your environment.

Generally, the smaller the river and less windy conditions, the less weight you need. If you’re going to fish for larger steelhead trout, and in an open area where you may it might be windy, a heavier weight is recommended.

For small creeks and streams, the Temple Fork NXT Fly Fishing Outfit is recommended. They have an excellent combination rod.

If you plan on fishing larger trout, and move to larger sized rivers with perhaps a bit more wind, moving up to the larger Temple For Outfitters Deer Creek model is recommended.

Fly Fishing Rods for Bass

For bass, whether it’s small mouth or large mouth, is an 8 weight rod.

This will allow you to drive those more resistent flies needed to fish bass. If you’re only fishing small mouth bass, you can probably just stick with a 6 to 7 weight rod.

For bass fishing, it’s not worth buying a very expensive reel. Bass generally don’t pull any line so no need to spend money on an expensive drag system. Combining this with a weight forward taper line and you should have no problems fly fishing for bass.

A recommended rod is from Orvis.

Their 8 weight 9 foot rod is ideal for bass fishing. If you’re going to only stick with small mouth bass in smaller creeks, then choose their 6 weighted rod.

Saltwater Fly Fishing Rods

No matter what people say, saltwater fish fight more than freshwater fish.

They are generally stronger and faster, and often have the whole ocean to swim in.

So a saltwater rod needs to be built to handle these differences. They need to be tough and be able to handle the wind.

It’s recommended to stick with a rod from Sage.

Their Sage SALT rods are highly recommended.


These rods should be great choices for most people.

Now there are literally hundreds of different models to choose from, however based on our research and experience, these are the best options.

If you're a pure beginner, and you don't want to spend too much money, consider reading about our recommend fly fishing rods for beginners, the Wild Water Package for under $100.