Fly Fishing 101: How to Choose a Fly Rod

In this quick explainer, Backcountry teaches aspiring anglers all they need to know before buying a fly fishing rod.

What’s the difference between carbon fiber and bamboo fly rods? How is rod flex measured and why does it matter? What type of fly fishing rod is best for fishing streams? What about lakes?

When it comes to fly fishing, the learning curve is sharp. Watch Gearhead Cat break down the more intimidating aspects of how to choose a fly rod with assistance from some handy infographics.

Runtime: 2 minutes

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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