.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


Casting Flies on Yellowstone Streams (and most anywhere else
for that matter) - Part 6

More on Fly Rods - Continued
The lengths of these rods could vary from as short as seven feet to as long as
nine feet-six inches. Most of them would be either eight, eight and a half or nine
feet in length. The length gets down to a matter of person preference. I can't
even agree with my wife on this subject. She likes to use the short rods in the
very small cutthroat and brook trout streams and I don't. I rather have a nine
foot rod to where I can maneuver the line around using the length to my
advantage. She had rather make normal cast using a short rod. She is a lot
shorter than I. This probably makes a difference. When you think about it, there
isn't much difference in her using a 7 foot long fly rod and me a 9 foot long fly
rod. She can get closer to the trout without spooking them than I can , at least  
in terms of their window of vision - height relationship.

My guess, and it is really just a guess, is that the average fly rod length used in
Yellowstone National Park is nine feet long. A five weight, 9 foot rod would be a
good choice for dries, small nymphs and even small streamers. We normally
recommend the longer rods because of the common high winds encountered in
the afternoons in Yellowstone.

The six weight rods would be used mostly for larger nymphs and streamers. The
bottom line of all of this length stuff is that length isn't a critical thing and is
mostly a matter of personal choice.

If the manufacturers are telling the truth, their ferrules don't interfere in any way
with the action of the fly rod. They claim they just become an integral part of the
action. I think the ones that go to extra effort to see that they are an integral part
of the rod are close to being right for all practical purposes. Ferrules on the
better rods seem to have little effect on the action of the rod.

The number of sections gets down to a practical matter in that the more
sections, the shorter the rod becomes when stored. Some like two piece rods
and keep their line strung up through the guides all the time, ready to use.
Others like four piece rods because they are short and easy to carry and store.
Again, this gets down to a matter of personal choice.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh