FLY ROD HUNTING?
Russ Symons has some tips if you are buying a new rod…
BEFORE parting with your hard-earned cash, ask yourself this. Why are you buying a new fly rod? Has the old one worn out? Have you out-grown the rod you already have? Honestly, has your casting improved that much that you feel the need for a faster, tip-actioned model, which you have convinced yourself will cast that extra 'fantasy' yard or two? After more than 50 years of fly-fishing and listening to some of my more cynical friends over all those years, I know that most anglers would benefit more from a £50 investment in an hour or two’s casting lesson from a pukka instructor. This would help them more than spending several hundred pounds on the latest and greatest rods. Let me be honest with you, totally honest! A decade or more ago I damaged my casting arm and, after it had mended, my casting had truly and frustratingly gone to pot. I knew what I was doing wrong, but no matter how hard I tried, my casting would not come right. It took me several hours with a trusted casting instructor and a lot of practice to get it back on track again. Nowadays, I go back and have an hour’s instruction every year or two, because it is surprising how small faults creep in and you practice those little mistakes until you have them off perfect! Sometimes you need another pair of eyes looking at what you are doing, and that’s the truth of it!
Few duff rods these days
In the last decade or two, fly rod technology has come on in leaps and bounds. Today there are few, if any, really poor rods in the UK market place. There’s competition at every price point and relentless hype and marketing. So buying a new rod should be a relatively easy experience, but then anglers are faced with a blitz of claims and counterclaims to the point where sometimes it can become intimidating and a little confusing. So what should you do? Hopefully these tips will help.
“There's competition at every price point and relentless hype and marketing.”