Fly fishing rods have become lighter in weight and easier to handle thanks to advancements in graphite rod blanks. Three companies lead the industry in fly rod innovation; they push the boundaries of technology, which results in rods that are pleasure to fly fish with.
G Loomis Fly Rods
G. Loomis founder, Gary Loomis, was the first person to convert flat sheets of carbon graphite into tubular fishing rods. Fishermen were amazed at how light and responsive this new material was. G. Loomis remains on the cutting edge of fly rod technology with the new Stream Dance GLX series fly rods. The power of the Stream Dance series allows the angler to cast small flies into a stiff breeze without fatigue thanks to the lightweight GLX graphite G. Loomis incorporated into this rod. These rods range from a 3 to a 6 weight rating, which covers most fly fishing applications for trout.
Sage Z Axis
When Sage set out to design a new line of fast action fly rods, their design process produced the Z Axis Series. By incorporating computer models and design software, Sage rod designers were able to reduce rod weight without compromising strength and performance. These rods load up quickly on a cast, which forms a tight loop that enables the angler to present the perfect cast in tight quarters. From 4 weight trout rods up to 8 weight two-handed salmon rods, the Z Axis series covers any fly fishing application today.
Temple Fork Outfitters TiCr X Series Fly Rod
Temple Fork Outfitters designed the new TiCr X series with the help of fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh. This collaboration resulted in many years of research and testing with the end goal of producing a powerful fly rod that makes long distance casting a reality. Temple Fork made it a point to stiffen the rod during the design process as this allowed for longer casts without throwing out a shoulder! Even though the TiCr X has all the power for long casts, it is not a heavy weight rod thanks to the thin walled design of the rod blank.
Article Written By Brian M. Kelly
Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.