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Why Your First Lightweight Fly Rod Should be Fiberglass

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Why Your First Lightweight Fly Rod Should be Fiberglass

The classic slow action of a fiberglass rod really helps you feel your casts.
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I have a friend who is still somewhat of a newbie to fly fishing and needed some advice on picking out a new rod. He’s been out a couple seasons with his 9-foot 5-weight graphite rod (the size many trout anglers start out with). Now he’s thinking about branching off with a lighter model that he can use to chase smaller brookies and cutthroats in small streams. He asked about several high-end, fast-action graphite rods before I stopped him with a question of my own: “You ever think about a fiberglass rod?

He shot back a puzzled look and said he had a little bit, but he thought fiberglass rods were somewhat of a novelty — the kind of rods you buy down the road once you’ve built up a full arsenal of graphite.

I begged to differ. In fact, I told him fiberglass is exactly where he should start for what he wanted to do. And if you’re thinking about a 3-weight or lighter, you should think hard about fiberglass, right off the bat. Here are three reasons why:

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