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


Casting Flies on Yellowstone Streams (and most anywhere else
for that matter) - Part 7

More on Fly Rods - Continued
So far, I have described the different types of fly rods that are in the size
(weight, length, etc.) range for the Yellowstone. Everything has been slanted
towards selecting a fly rod to best fit the varying conditions that are found
fishing the streams of Yellowstone. There is nothing that says you have to take
just one fly rod with you on a trip to Yellowstone. In fact, I am certain you would
want to take more, if for no other reason than to have a spare. However, you
can only fish with one at a time.

If you are going to fish the very small cutthroat and brook trout streams, then
you may want a two or three weight fly rod. As I previously mentioned, some
would prefer the rod length to be shorter than normal and others would not
prefer a short rod, even in the light weight line of rods.

If you were going to fish a heavy weighted, large stonefly nymph in the deeper
water of fast runs, then you may prefer a six weight, 9 foot fly rod that has a fast
action or tip flex. This would provide a lot of backbone for setting the hook and
may offer an advantage in landing a large brown trout provided you were not
using a light tippet.

If you were fishing small dry flies for rainbows, cutthroat and brown trout in the
average to larger size streams of Yellowstone, you may prefer a 5 weight rod.
Again, the length would be optional. Some would prefer the eight foot length,
others eight and a half foot but most a nine foot length. When you know the type
of streams you are going to fish, the size and type of flies you are going to fish,
and the species and size of fish you are pursuing, then you can select a rod that
is more specifically designed for those scenarios.

In the three different scenarios I just presented, you could take three different fly
rods, each of which would fit the particular scenarios you choose to undertake.
You could take this even further and consider that if you wanted to fish some of
the larger streams outside of Yellowstone, you may want to expand the option of
fly rods. If you were going to fish some of the spring creeks in Paradise Valley
you may want to expand the options even further. If you wanted to add panfish,
bass, salmon or steelhead trout to your list, then you would need to expand your
need of certain fly rods even further. If you intend to fish for the saltwater
species, you would need to expand your fly rod list to include just about every
type of fly rod made.

If you are just getting started or you can only afford one fly rod to use in
Yellowstone, choose a 5 weight, 9 foot graphite, medium action fly rod.
There is no need to spend a lot of money on it. There are several low priced
rods that will perform just fine.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh