At a Glance: Fly & Spey Rods
Fly and spey rods are made for fly fishing with imitation flies in freshwater and saltwater, using fly reels and fly lines designed for specific species and water conditions. Fly rods are one-handed rods used for a great number of species and water conditions, while spey & switch rods are two-handed fly rods for salmon and steelhead in large rivers. Fly rods are often associated with trout fishing, but have been used by anglers for everything from panfish, bass, pike and musky in freshwater, to bonefish, permit, tarpon and sharks in saltwater. Fly rods are available from 5 to 11 feet in length and in one to eight-piece models for ease of storage and travel. Early spey rods were 22 feet long, but modern spey rods are typically only 12 to 15 feet and available in two, three, and four-piece models. Switch rods, a cross of the two styles, are typically 10 to 12 feet long and feature a handle just large enough for two-handed casts as needed. Tenkara rods are telescopic fly rods which are based on a traditional Japanese method of fishing using only a rod, line and fly. Fly and spey rods are extremely flexible and lightweight and allow an angler to use delicate flies to catch large fish.
The most popular brands of fly and spey rods available at FishUSA include Sage, Fenwick, G. Loomis, St. Croix and Temple Fork Outfitters.