Big Fish- What kind of rod to use?

posted Mar 28, 2013, 12:24 PM by Bob H   [ updated May 17, 2020, 8:47 PM ]
Do you want to actually hook and land big fish or do you simply want to cast for distance?

This may seem like a strange question to some but it really is not. Many fly fishers want a rod that allows them to make the longest cast possible.  If that is what you want, there are few rods that will beat the old SAGE METHOD.  If you are in a location where you can use larger tippets,  It is fine to use really fast rods and they can be a lot of fun.  However, if you are after big, wise old fish that spook at 1, 2 , or 3X tippets and you need to use a 4X or smaller tippet and size 20 flies to entice the
m, we recommend that you forget ultra-fast, stiff rods because more often than you want to, you are going to break the fish off when it gets close to the net.  Now, if you don't mind repeated LDRs (long distance releases) then keep using really fast rods.

 If you wish to be able to make long casts, generate plenty of line speed, and actually bring those big fish to the net, please consider the  SAGE X.  The
LOOP CROSS S1 medium -fast rod was a great rod created by the people from Sweden that founded LOOP and who simply lived to fly fish.  (Thank you Christer and Tomas.)  These are true fly fishermen that design "Fly Rods for landing fish."  Sadly, this rod is no longer being made.  That is why we are recommending the SAGE X or the wonderful EPIC carbon fibre rod (customs are available here).  It is the best rod in this category that we are aware of today.