Fly Rods : Guide to Slow Action Fly Rods
Slow Action Fly Rods
or Full Flex Fly Rods
A slow action fly rod,
as the name suggests, is a fly rod that has slow action. This means
that the rod is very flexible. While not as flexible as a spaghetti
noodl, the difference in flexibility between a slow action rod and
a fast action rod is very significant. In the real world, what this
means is that when casting, a slow action rod will bend significantly
for most of it's length - almost resembling a shallow U shape at
the height of the backcast.
Slow action fly rods,
as they do not generate high line speeds due to their flexibility,
are designed for anglers who need to make short and very accurate
and gentle casts. As such, slow action fly rods are ideal for fly
fishing smaller rivers, spring creeks and other areas that require
anglers to make short and accurate casts.
Additionally, slow action
fly rods excel in another area - protecting light tippets. All too
often, many of the best trout streams have some of the most difficult
fish to catch. As a result, very light tippets are needed to fool
these trout. As any angler who has used light tippets knows, it
is all to easy for the fly to part company with a light tippet.
Slow action fly rods
are designed to alleviate some of this problem. The tremendous flexibility
of a slow action fly rod allows some of the strain that would otherwise
be put on a tippet during a fish strike to be transferred to the
rod itself. Because of this, when using very light tippets (in the
range of 6x and 7x), a slow action fly rod can prevent many a lost
fish due to tippet breakage.
Slow action fly rods
are also an excellent fly rod for beginners. The flexibility of
the fly rod and the slow line speed allows beginner anglers to have
very good control of the fly line, allowing for more accurate casts
by inexperienced anglers.
Listed below are the
advantages and disadvantages of using a slow action fly rod.
Advantages of a Slow
Action Fly Rod
Light Tippets - Slow action fly rods are ideal when an angler
is using very light tippets.
- Very Forgiving
- Beginner anglers will enjoy the forgiving nature of these fly
rods and the greater control these fly rods provide for inexperienced
Casts - Anglers who need to make short casts will find slow
action fly rods excellent choices. The flexible nature of the
fly rod allows for easier - and more accurate - short casts to
Fish are Fun to Catch - The flexible nature of the fly rod
makes catching even smaller fish a lot of fun. Even a 12 inch
trout can seem like a monster on a slow action fly rod - although
obviously it is more tiring on the fish itself since it takes
longer to bring them in.
Disadvantages of a Slow
Action Fly Rod
- Slow Line
Speed - Anglers who need to make long casts will not want
to use a slow action fly rod. The slower line speed of these rods
prevents the angler - unless they are very experienced - from
making real long casts.
in Windy Conditions - During windy conditions, slow action
fly rods can be a real bear to cast.
- Slow action fly rods are ideal for many situations, but lack
the all around versatility that medium action fly rods do. In
short, if you can only own one fly rod and want that fly rod to
be able to perform well in a wide range of conditions, a medium
action fly rod is a better choice.
So, you've read all
these articles about fly rod flex and action and are still confused?
not, our Fly Rod Action Summary
page puts up some recommendations on what type of flex or action
you want in a fly rod. We'll then plow further into the murky
world of fly rods.
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