The Ultimate Guide to Select the Best Fishing Rods for 2015

There are many best fishing rods for beginners which can help to get the fish you want without letting it escape. The rod is one of the only required pieces of equipment for each and every angler and fishing enthusiast. We help you to choose the best fishing rods.

There are many low-priced, high-priced models, and the higher the price the better the quality might be. Each fishing rod and reel has it’s own strength and weakness, but still some of these are ideal for both beginners and experts.

You may have to experience backlashes and snag problems while fishing if you select a bad rod. Don’t choose cheap rods that can cause you frustration in the water. You may have to ask the following questions to yourself before selecting the best fishing rods.

  1. Are You Fishing From The Bank or Boating?
  2. Do You Prefer stiffer or Flexible Rods?
  3. How Large Is Your Fish In Terms of Size and Weight?
  4. Where You Planned To Do The Fishing? (The Lake, Ocean, River, Streams, Seas Etc..)
  5. Are You Ready To Select The Best Fishing Rods?

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Gear Review: 4/5 Beulah Classic Switch – Sad to see it go

Specs: 10’6″ 4/5 wt

Lines: 250 Scandi/ 280-320 Skagit/ 6wt Salmon Steelhead Taper/ 6 wt indicator line

Tactics: swinging soft hackles and small streamers; casting long leaders and dry flies; indicator fishing.

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4/5 in action on the Willamette

Swinging a soft hackle can be one of the most productive was to catch fish in the Willamette Valley. Our broad riffles and long runs make a small two-hander the ideal way to cover water and often find bigger fish. There are few experiences in this world that compare to a fish grabbing a swung fly, even when it’s a 10″ tiddler.

Dry fly presentation: I use this setup on the Metolius River when fishing 12-15′ leaders and dry flies. Yes, it may seem crazy to use a switch rod in this setting, but when you need to present a fly across multiple current seams and achieve a long drift a long leader is key ingredient. You will compromise accuracy with this rod, but it’s length will make handling a longer leader much easier.

Beulah is discontinuing this series, so they won’t be around much longer.

Can your rod go both ways?

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6wt Switch

We use 6wt switch rods for large trout and steelhead. These are light enough in hand to stack mend all day without tearing your shoulder apart, but strong enough to swing smaller flies and poly-leaders and turn big fish in heavy current. You will find it a little under gunned for heavy sink-tip fishing applications, or if you try to throw a large nymph rig to the far side of the river.

Rods:

  • Beulah 10’4″ 6wt Platinum – extremely light, basically a 10’4″ single-hander. killer indicator stick and summer dry fly rod.
  • Redington 11’3″ 7wt Dually
  • Echo 10’10″ 7 wt SR
  • Sage 11’6″ ONE – at 11’6″ we call these “mini-speys.” you can indicator fish them without too much issue, but we find ourselves wishing the rod was at least 6″ shorter to be a better indicator stick.

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Gear Review: SAGE 1090-4 MOTIVE

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking a 9’ 10 weight Sage Motive saltwater fly rod out to the Oregon Coast to try for Chinook on the fly. To be candid, I am a novice salmon fisherman, but I have spent a good deal of time “in the salt” chasing surf perch, halibut, and rockfish on the Pacific Coast. One common theme during my trips is a desire to reach for another rod with a heavier tip instead of changing out flies or line. This is where the Sage Motive entered the equation, albeit this “2nd” rod turned out to be much nicer than my primary rod and the one I fished most of the time for two days on the water.

Casting Performance

This rod is a fast action, which helped propel a Rio Outbound Short Type 3 and streamers with bead-chain and bar bell eyes into tidewater. After fine tuning my “custom” maxima leader, roll casting and using a spey cast put my fly into the zone as far as 30 to 40 feet away. I’m sure a little more tweaking with the leader, and/or a better caster could throw it further. There was limited space behind me, but overhead casts (when not throwing the last of my go to flies deep into Himalayan blackberry) balanced well with the line. Mending worked well with the stiff rod tip. I was not very worried about presentation beyond ensuring my line and leader were straight without loops and turns.

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Summer Steelhead Spey Rods

Summer steelhead fishing provides some of the most relaxing – and exciting – fly fishing that Oregon has to offer. Ideal water temps and a more trouty temperament make the summer steelhead a perfect fly rod fish, and we’ve got world-class opportunities right in our back yard.  We groove on the pace and rewards of pursuing these fish, and love it when they munch wet flies like the Freight Train or Silver Hilton, or explode on surface flies like a waking muddler or foam skater.  Although summer steelhead will move to a surface swung fly better than any other anadromous fish in Oregon, they’ll also eat nymphs fished deep, especially in high sun when the fish lay low.

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