Finding your Ideal Rod

July 25, 2014

Finding your Ideal Rod

In the shop we have been talking about how tough it is for a person to pick out gear with all of the different options there are out there. You see plenty gear reviews in magazines or blogs but they're typically just one persons opinion, which being human, is usually biased in some shape or form . We decided to create a blog series breaking down gear featuring everything from fly rods to wading boots. We polled all of the shop staff here at Troutfitters and got their opions on what gear they prefer for different situations. We may not own all of the products that we are referencing but the great part of working in a fly shop is you get your hands on and actually use a ton of products. We are going to start off with fly rods and work our way through doing a new blog every week. If you have any questions on why we like something in particular feel free to give the shop a call or stop by.

Ideal All Around Fly Rod

The one rod we all agreed upon is that the Winston BIIIX is the best all around trout rod for Southwest Montana. It is the only rod I know of that you can throw a size 20 dry fly on a ten foot 6x tippet and have a nice turn over and tippet protection then go and throw a streamer or double nymph rig with ease.

James- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.   

Jake- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Bury- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Johnny Mac- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Justin- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt

Ladd- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Weston- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Jeff- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Ideal Hopper Dropper Rod

Faster rods like The Sage One and The Sage Method generate faster like speeds that allow you to throw laser like casts into tight pockets through the wind. In a situation where your throwing hoppers with a dropper a soft turn over isn't needed and getting your fly in the spot quick with accuracy the newer Sage rods are tough to beat.

James- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Jake- Sage Method 9 ft. 7 wt.

Bury- Echo Edge 8'4 ft. 7 wt.

Johnny Mac- Sage Smallmouth Bass

Justin- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Ladd- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Weston- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Jeff- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Ideal Dry Fly Rod 

You will notice a bunch of Winston rods on this list and that is because no one creates a rod that will turn over a long leader and have it land sofly so that it doesn't spook fish and creates a great presentation. Not to mention Winstons throw a hell of a loop.  The Loop Evotect has a simular action that is ideal for dry fly fishing.

James- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 5 wt.

Jake- Winston BIII-LS  9 ft. 4 wt.

Bury- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 6 wt.

Johnny Mac.- loop Evotec 9 ft 6 wt.

Justin- Winston BIIIX 8'6 ft. 5 wt.

Ladd- Winston BIIIX 9 ft 5 wt.

Weston-  Winston BIIIX 8'6 ft. 5 wt.

 Jeff- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 5 wt.

Ideal Streamer Rod

None of the rods listed are longer than nine feet if you go long than that you get too soft of a tip to drive big hooks home. All of the rods are fast and heavy weight rods so that you can drive the hook home. We also fish heavier rods  so we can throw big flies, it takes mass to throw mass. A heavy rod also allows you to throw a heavy sink tip to get your down.

James- Winston BIISX 9 ft. 9 wt

Jake- Sage Method 9 ft. 7 wt.

Bury- Sage Xiii 9 ft. 7 wt.

Johnny Mac- Loop Booster 8'8 ft.9 wt.

Justin- Winston BIIIX 9 ft. 8 wt. 

Ladd- Sage Method 9ft. 8 wt.

Weston- Winston BIIISX  9 ft. 7 wt.

Jeff- Echo 3S 9 ft. 8 wt.

Ideal Nymph Rod

Ten footers is the way to go on a nymphing rod, it allows you to roll cast, mend, and high stick or czech nymph extremely well. We throw 6 and 7 weight lines so that we can turn over indicators in the wind. 

James- Winston BIIX 10ft. 7 wt

Jake- Echo 3 10 ft. 7 wt. 

Bury- Echo Ion 10 ft. 6 wt.

Johnny Mac. Echo 3 10 ft. 6 wt.

Justin- Sage Method 10 ft 7 wt.

Ladd- Echo 3 10 ft 7 wt.

Weston- Echo 3 10 ft. 6 wt.

Jeff- Sage One 9 ft. 6 wt.

Ideal Creek Rod

Shorter rods make casting and fishing in willows and small water much better than a full nine footer. Small 3 and 4 weights are perfect for dries in our small creeks. A couple of us fish shorter and heavier weight rods so we can throw streamers and mice. I personally use an 8'4 6 wt. it has some punch but a soft tip for tippet protection and a good presentation.

James- Echo Edge 8'4 6 wt. 

Jake- Winston BIII-LS 7'6 ft.  3 wt.

Bury- Sage Bass  Smallmouth

Johnny Mac- Winston BIIIX-LS  7'6 ft. 3 wt.

Justin- Sage Circa 7'6 ft. 3 wt

Ladd- Sage Circa 7'6 ft. 3 wt

Weston-  Winston BIIIX-LS 8 ft. 4 wt

Jeff- Winston BIII-LS  7'6 ft. 3 wt.

Best bang for your buck

Echo is nearly impossible to beat dollar for dollar. Tim Rajeff designs great functioning rods for a very gentle price starting at $100 and going up to $350

James- Echo 3

Jake- Echo 3 

Bury- Sage Approach

Johny Mac- Echo 3

Justin- Loop Evotec.

Ladd- Echo Edge

Weston- Echo Edge

Jeff- Echo 3S

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