Ross takes the perfect approach to an affordable fly fishing reel: low maintenance, high performance. It’s finished aluminum alloy with a drag (that’s what provides pressure when line is being pulled out by you or a fish) that will last, providing a backup reel once you decide to move up the gear ladder. Again, it’s ubiquitous, pairing with any rod 2wt to 9wt, salt or freshwater.
Ross takes the perfect approach to an affordable fly fishing reel: low maintenance, high performance. It’s finished aluminum alloy with a drag (that’s what provides pressure when line is being pulled out by you or a fish) that will last, providing a backup reel once you decide to move up the gear ladder. Again, it’s ubiquitous, pairing with any rod 2wt to 9wt, salt or freshwater.
Rods are also measured by weight, which refers to how heavy of a lure or bait each rod can cast. This is known as pound test. A rod's pound test tells you how much weight it can handle. A rod's action is also a consideration you can make. The lighter the rod, the more it bends at the tip of the rod. If it's a heavy-action rod, it'll bend closer to where your hands go. fishing rods are usually made from one of two materials graphite or fiberglass although some are made from a combination of both. These materials are strong and durable.
A hook and worm alone are too light to sink very deeply. You’ll need to attach a weight or “sinker” to your fishing rig in order to compensate for that. I’ve lost plenty of sinkers on fishing expeditions so it’s good to have some extras on hand. Sinkers are traditionally made of lead, but some states are beginning to outlaw the use of lead sinkers for environmental reasons. It wouldn’t surprise me if the this trend continues. Other options for sinker materials are brass, tungsten, steel, and bismuth.
I’ve assembled information about several good bets for the budding young fly anglers in your lives. These are not fly rod reviews, as I have not tested any of these products. The point here is to offer a few good options for you parents to consider, and I recommend you visit your local fly shop to check out their selection of kid’s rods first. Please note than any information included here about these rods/outfits comes directly from the manufacturer’s/retailer’s websites and do not reflect the opinion of this reporter.
Rod, Reel and appropriate line for your targeted fish.  If I’m exploring “mystery water” that I’ve never fished, II grab my trusty 9’, 5 weight rod with floating weight forward line.  I think of this fly rod as my Michigan 80% rod.  It can handle 80% of anything I might find in my home state.  A little light for steelhead and to stout for bluegills but most fish in between are fair game.
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