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Ronan's report

Wednesday 05 March, 2014

Buying the perfect fly rod for many fly fishermen seems to be the often first and also the most important step in order to start fly fishing in general as well as to start fly fishing for an additional species of fish. It probably is fair to say we all have been in the position to search for the best fly rod available at some point on our fly fishing journey!

Most people probably would listen (and trust!? in) to:

a) what the rod manufacturer sais about the rod and

b) what the local dealer sais about it.

Here is what some of the most well known fly rod companies say about their rods:

Burkheimer fly rods:

“If they (Burkheimer rods) don’t cast 80 feet with good turnover right after they dropped a fly on a quarter at 25, they’re not Burkheimers."

"That Burkie Feel. The deeply intuitive, innate mojo that sets Burkheimer actions apart from all others. Honestly, we can’t put a finger on exactly what it is either – exactly why we spend so many months tweaking and test casting tapers until they just have that certain ‘nod-your-head-and-smile’ quality.”

Sounds fantastic. You don't even have to learn how to fly cast. The rod easily performs an 80 feet cast all by itself!

Sage fly rods:

“What you are really going to be impressed with is the way the rod (One) tracks. And the ease which it throws a distance. And most important the accuracy that you get all the way through the cast weather it’s working close in at 20 to 30 feet or reaching out to 70, 80 or 90 feet. It is a very very very very accurate fly rod. It’s a game changer.”

Great, you never have to practise casting on accuracy again. The rod will hit the target at 90 feet without you ever having to learn what tracking is all about.

G.Loomis fly rods:

"These NRX rods look like nothing we have built before. What we are saying so there is no confusion... "This is the Best Fly Rod Ever Built!" Period!! They track true for exceptional accuracy and control."

Wow, no training on accuracy either. The rod tracks it all by itself! And even better, you don't have to look for the G.Loomis rod series which matches best for you, since this one is so much better than all other G.Loomis rod series.

Winston fly rods:

"These fast action fly rods are powerful, lively and capable of generating incredible line speed. Built with advanced Boron III technology, this series is also incredibly lightweight and allows an angler to delicately present a fly with incredible accuracy. This series of rod is quite simply the best."

So this really seems to be the best of all rods and it will create the highest of all line speeds for you. I think you don't even have to cast anymore!?

Hardy fly rods:

"These fast-action rods are loaded with cutting edge features, like lightweight saltwater-safe hardware, titanium recoil guides and, of course, Hardy’s revolutionary SINTRIX material. Proaxis rods are lighter, stronger, more impact resistant and capable of withstanding much higher loads than standard carbon fly rods."

Withstanding higher loads: Cool, so all you have to do here is loading it deeper than you've ever loaded any other rod before and you'll sure have the best casting performance ever!

Orvis fly rods:

“The Helios 2 is a featherlight war club that defies the laws of physics and has the backbone of an I-beam. Lighter in hand and 20% stronger than any rod we’ve ever developed, it transitions energy directly from your brain to the fly and casts with the precision of a laser pointer. Made by hand in our Vermont rod shop, it’s a fly rod built by anglers who fish their way home from work, anglers with sunglasses-shaped tan lines, anglers who tie blood knots in their sleep.”

No doubt Orvis in my opinion wins the award for the best description of a fly rod ever! Laws of physics don't count anymore and the rod is strong like an I-beam. Well, that sais it all, I think!?

After all it seems to me like:

"Fastest + Strongest + Light weightiest + Smoothest + Most accurate + Best loading" are the attributes it needs to offer the best of all fly rods. No need to tell it has to be the NEWEST rod also!

Oh and it really seems to be helpful to mark, that such a rod (of course) doesn't need anything like a decent caster behind it to bring the fly into the fish zone!

Personally, if any shop assistant in any fly shop would ever confront me with any of these (or similuar) rod descriptions, I would simply be pissed off and definetly not buy anything at all in that shop!

What do the guys behind such descriptions think what or who we are: Totally stupid!? Blind!? Crazy!?

Yet I have to see a fly rod that would offer a superb cast in hands of a caster not being able to perform a superb cast with most (maybe) all fly rods and I too yet have to see a rod, that could not result in a superb cast, if a superb caster uses it to perform a superb cast.

That simple? Yes, that simple!

It never will be the rod, but you (the caster) who performes a great cast, who tracks the rod well, who speeds up the line to highest speed level and so on. Yes there might be rods that match better for your special purpose than others would. But still it's you (and you only) who performes the cast.

I guarantee you, no rod ever will defy the laws of physic nor will it have the backbone of an I-beam. And no rod ever will make a single cast for you!

Than why pay so much money for some of them?

Well, that is something that only you can answer. I am not even close to find a proper reason for you to do so!

For me it always were my casting and fishing skills in the very first place that made me enjoying my fishing. Besides that I always tried to perfectly match my fly, leader, fly line and finally the rod (and the reel) to my kind of fishing. A magical rod never was part of my game yet. And I hardly doubt it ever will be (well in this (my) life that is)!

You think I am completely wrong and you are someone who believes in such dubious rod descriptions?

I am here not only for the chicks, but to learn. That is what Sexyloops always has been about: Learning about the details of fly fishing and especially fly casting. So please join and start a thread on the board! ;)

All my best


p.s.: Some advertising specialists maybe had a bit too much energy being transfered directly of their brain into their advertising pen!?

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