If you’re a beginning angler, my personal advice would be to start considering getting a fly combo instead of purchasing the pole and the reel separately. In most cases, you’ll come to notice that both of these components are perfectly fitted and match each other far better than what you would choose on your own. If you are resolute on selecting these two pieces of gear individually, the least thing you can do is go to a store and talk to a seller or consultant or have a discussion with one of your fishing buddies.
Why did I decide to write this post? I believe that I can help you with this process as I went through pretty much the same thing. A high-quality rod can assist you in defining your casting skills and catching fish as easily and efficiently as possible. That’s why finding a well-constructed pole is so difficult, especially for beginning anglers as they hardly know what to look for in a product of this type.
Right off the bat, it’s easy to see that the first detail that you’ll likely notice is the weight and power of the pole you might be thinking of buying. The action is another factor to give some thought to. The simplest principle of these three is the weight, because a 4-weight rod will usually be rated for 4-weight fly line.
Therefore, you won’t have a hard time selecting the perfect line for your pole. Power and action are a entirely different thing. Power is the pressure that’s needed to bend the pole, whereas action is the area where the bending occurs. Ultralight fishing reels, for example, are usually recommended for less serious angling, such as the ones that imply fishing in small ponds, rivers, streams, where you might need a bit more flexibility.
On the other hand, you might want to avoid using this kind of pole when you’re out boat fishing and targeting heavy species such as tuna, marlin, and others.
Most reels designed for fly fishing have large diameter spools and are reasonably lightweight so that they allow you to avoid hand strain. The drag system is incredibly important when you’re tackling the matter of fly reels because it needs to be sensitive enough to alert you when the fish has bitten your bait, but reliable enough to avoid snapping your tippet.
As for making the difference between a good-quality combo and another that you can do without, it all boils down to the brand. I know that many anglers say that the manufacturer isn’t all that important as long as the construction is top-notch, but the fact is that it really does add to something. For example, some Orvis products are backed by warranties that last twenty-five years. That is impressive, right?