Do you have a 5 weight and are looking to expand your arsenal? Are you searching for a new way to catch trout? Having several rods on the water allows the angler to fish separate tactics with a quick exchange. Building out your fly rod arsenal is something every angler needs to consider, and here at Fly and Field, we are here to help.
When you are pursuing a new purchase of a fly rod we like to ask our guests a number of questions prior to even having them handle a rod. The first always being, “What are you fishing with right now?” The reasoning behind this question is that with every rod our casting stroke may change due to how fast or slow the action of the rod is.
Deciding to choose a rod with similar action as the one you’re using right now, or when deciding to purchase your very first rod (read this article for more info) it is important to remember that with every new rod the casting stroke can and will change.
When building out your quiver it makes sense to keep those rods close in action so you don't have to change up your casting mid-trip and enables you to stay effective in and around the water. The standard set up for a quiver is skipping sizes by 2. So if you start with a 5 weight you would typically look into getting a 3 weight, or a 7 weight next. 3 weight for those smaller springs and streams, and a 7 weight for the heavier streamers and nymph rigs when fishing for larger fish.
That 5 weight is your workhorse and can be used for many applications, it is only when the angler is wanting to rig up a couple of separate rods without changing over one setup with one rod. This allows us to keep a dry fly rod, nymph rig, and possibly a streamer rig with these three separate fly rods in the arsenal.
Building out your quiver to follow the action of the rods, and in the same “family”. Sage’s action is very different from R.L. Winston, and Redington have very different action rods from Echo. Fiberglass vs Graphite, slow vs fast, all are topics of conversation, and Fly and Field staff is here to help answer those questions.
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