Fly Rods : Guide to Mid Action Fly Rods
Medium Action Fly Rods
or Mid-Flex Fly Rods
A medium action fly rod
is a fly rod that has a fair amount of flexibility but is still
somewhat stiff. The fly rod bends much more than a fast action fly
rod but not nearly as much as a slow action fly rod does. Which,
of course, is why it is called a medium action fly rod. In the real
world, what this means is that when casting, the fly rod will bend
moderately for about half of its length, from the middle of the
rod upward to the tip of the rod. The lower half of the fly rod,
the half nearest the fly reel, will basically remain stiff.
Medium Action fly rods
are the workhorses of the fly rod world. They are by far the most
popular fly rod on the market today. Medium action fly rods are
also the most versatile of fly rods. They can make longer casts
quite adequately, especially in the hands of a good caster, yet
function well enough to allow them to be used in most spring creek
fishing conditions. Thus, if you plan on fly fishing in a wide range
of conditions, from big rivers to spring creeks and everything in
between - and can afford/only want one fly rod - then a medium action
fly rod is the fly rod of choice.
action fly rods are generally quite forgiving. Beginner anglers
can quickly pick up on using them and begin making decent casts
quite quickly. The slower line speed gives beginner anglers more
control over where the fly line, and the fly, ends up.
Who Are Medium Action
Fly Rods For?
So, who is a medium action
fly rod for? Medium action fly rods are ideal for anglers who need
these traits in a fly rod.
Versatility - If an angler only wants or can only afford one
fly rod, the versatility of a medium action fly rod provides the
most versatility for fishing a wide range of conditions.
- The Angler
is New to Fly Fishing - A beginner angler will find a medium
action fly rod quite forgiving. These fly rods are not quite as
forgiving as a slow action fly rod, but still quite forgiving
nonetheless. Plus, the greater versatility of medium action fly
rods will assist new anglers just starting out in the sport.
In short, medium action
fly rods are excellent fly rods for both beginner and veteran anglers
alike. Unless you need a different type of fly rod for a particular
fly fishing condition or situation and can only afford one fly rod,
a medium action/mid-flex fly rod is likely to be your best bet.
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