A fly rod is probably one of the most important pieces of fly fishing equipment that any angler will purchase. We can help you make the right choice.

The best fly rods of 2023 have been selected by our staff and experts, based on their performance in a wide range of situations. They’re all great rods for different types of fishing, but they also come with some pretty cool features to make them even better.

We’ve put together this list of the top best fly rods of 2023, so you can find the perfect rod for your next trip out into the wilds.

Best Fly Rods of 2023

Best New Fly Rods (Under $200 - $300) of All Time

M MAXIMUMCATCH Maxcatch Premier Fly Fishing Rod and Reel Combo Complete 9′ Fishing Outfit

As far as ridiculously inexpensive rods go, Maxcatch is always at the top of our list. Their Premier Rod is a great budget option for beginners. It has an 8 foot length and weighs only 3 pounds. The reel seat is adjustable, which makes it easy to fit onto almost any size reel.

This rod comes equipped with a graphite butt section and a fiberglass tip. This combo works well for both saltwater and freshwater applications.

Warranty of One Year And Lifetime Repairs – All Maxcatch rods are covered by our lifetime repair warranty. We have been producing rods for 13 years.

The Complete Fishing Kit – Among the 10 hand tied lures contained in this package are fishing accessories, a bobber, and a very durable travel case, all packaged in a waterproof box. If you’re just starting out on a budget, this is the perfect choice. As a backup combo once you upgrade to more professional gear, this kit also comes with a rod, a reel, line, fishing accessories, and a bobber, as well as a sturdy case that keeps everything neat and tidy.

Exclusive Maxlinq Ii Blank Technology – Reinforced Muscle layer improves strength by 25% while reducing weight by 15%. Five carbon layers of pure IM8 30T make up this carbon fiber.

Aluminum CNC Machined Reel & Easy Cast Line – An extremely smooth disc drag system makes this reel extremely lightweight and durable. The Easy Cast Line System includes a 100FT weight forward line, 9FT tapered leaders, 100 yards of orange backing, 50M tippet line, and 100 feet of tapered leaders. For a perfect balance, the reel’s diameter should match the rod’s line weight.

Rod Bag, Accessories, and Box – An easy to use neoprene reel pouch and durable, convenient travel rod bag are also included with the package of 10 hand-tied lures. They are packaged in a waterproof box with a reel pouch and a neoprene reel pouch. Anglers will find forceps, line nippers with retractors, bobbers, and split shot included for subsurface flies.

What We Like

  • Lightweight
  • Great Value
  • Easy To Use

What We Don’t Like

  • Not For Salt Water Applications


Sage Fly Fishing – FOUNDATION Fly Rod

The rod was on sale for 350 instead of 425 dollars. I currently own 13 fly rods such as Fenwick, Redington, Orvis, TFO, syndicate, echo, and the like. I bought this rod in 6wt and she’s a keeper. Cons are there is no sock, no worries most Redington rods don’t have one, and no alignment dots.

The rod looks solid, the cork is above average, and it casts exceptionally well. Easily fixed but would not have cost Sage anything to add.

Although the warranty isn’t as solid as some, it’s built well and hopefully won’t be needed. This gal is a fish catcher and a steal at 350. At normal price, perhaps look into going with G Loomis.

What We Like

  • Solid build quality
  • Good value
  • Casts well

What We Don’t Like

  • No alignment dots
  • No sock



The Pro II rods are currently on clearance at a discounted price. I recently purchased an 8’6″ 4wt Pro II from a different vendor, and I love it! Additionally, I received excellent and prompt customer service from TFO directly in addition to a great rod at a very reasonable price.

A click and pawl reel from Orvis was paired with the rod. For backcountry trout fishing, this combo offers a well-balanced, lightweight, and reliable setup. It balances about one inch from the end of the cork grip. In order to create a high-end setup, consider combining this rod with a Galvan Brookie. This rod is similar in weight to the Battenkill and will also provide a well-balanced setup.

After reading other customer reviews, I discovered that the rod section near the ferrule was unfinished (bare graphite). As soon as my rod arrived, I also noticed this (see pic, with dime as size reference). To confirm this was intentional, I contacted TFO Customer Support. “Angler Satisfaction Manager,” Chris Ralls, responded (almost immediately!!) with the following info:

The Pro II Series was designed and manufactured with this in mind. The painting on the blank shows a “gap” where the ferrules fit together. This “gap” is completely normal. During use, a ferrule’s female end will move down the rod slightly over time due to wear and tear. We use a specific type of self-tightening ferrule to make sure that when correctly assembled, about 1/2 inch of gray blank is exposed.

The ferrules are made so that the male end matches the female end’s ID within .0001 inches, and at a very precise angle, which prevents lost or broken sections.

Using this process is very labor intensive, so it is only used by a few rod companies. It is imperative that you remove precisely the right amount of material in order to form the ferrule. Excessive removal compromises the blank’s integrity. A ferrule that is properly constructed becomes tighter as it undergoes normal wear and tear rather than becoming loose and flying off or failing the rod.

When assembling the alignment dots, push gently until some resistance is felt, then twist to align the dots. This will ensure a secure fit. Remove the sections by making the reverse turn.

Over time, the gray area will gradually disappear, but it will never be completely gone.

In the new Pro III, we have removed this feature.

Secondly, if you have trouble getting them apart, we use two rubber grippers, which are similar to the ones you use to loosen up a pickle jar. Those ferrules are machined close enough to where it is not necessary to use any type of wax, and they will usually not come back apart easily after anything is applied to them.

What We Like

  • Lightweight
  • Great balance
  • Easy to cast

What We Don’t Like

  • Not for beginners
  • Can break easily
  • No warranty


Echo Trip Fly Rod

There are not many rods that fit the bill like this one. It is a 9′ 5-weight with medium action. Echo rods are known for their high quality and reasonable prices. Throughout the day, I switch between dry flies, dry/dropper rigs, euro nymphs and indicator rigs, and this rod does all of that with aplomb. I am pretty sure you will like the rod I described.

What We Like

  • Good price point
  • Quality materials
  • Durable construction

What We Don’t Like

  • A little heavy for me


Redington Fly Fishing Classic Trout Rod with Tube, Freshwater, Moderate Action Rod

Moderate Action: While providing enough power for fishing big rivers and boats, the moderate action of this freshwater rod is ideal for technical spring creek fishing.

  • A Comfort Like No Other: Long days on the water are made easier by the lightweight blank and the forgiving action.
  • Classic Design: A custom machined reel seat insert with dark clay brown blank is adorned with plenty of functional touches, such as titanium oxide stripping guides.
  • Affordability: Trout rods come in four pieces, with alignment dots for ease of setup, and are packaged in brown Ballistic nylon tubes for easy transport.
  • Warranty For Life: In the event that your Reddington product has a defect in workmanship or materials, we will repair or replace it.

What We Like

  • Comfortable handle
  • Light weight

What We Don’t Like

  • None


Sage Fly Fishing – X Fly Rod

By using this taper, you can reach the lower sections of the rod deeper and shift power to anglers more easily. By presenting with greater accuracy and efficiency, fast action blanks with less lateral and medial movement and vibration enhance the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly.

X rod’s KonneticHD Technology creates more crisp tip stops and a tighter, more efficient loop throughout the range of casting styles with its all-new fast action taper.

What We Like

  • Fast action
  • Tight loops
  • Crisp tips

What We Don’t Like

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Lifetime Warranty


FAQs on Fly Rods 2023

What is a “fast action” rod?

The term “fast action” refers to the ability of the rod to quickly retrieve line from the reel when the rod is bent over. Fast action rods are typically used for trout fishing because they allow the angler to get into position faster than slower action rods. The faster an angler retrieves a line, the less likely he or she is to lose fish.

How do I choose a fast action rod?

The first thing to consider when choosing a fast action rod is how much line you plan to throw. If you plan to throw a lot of line, then you should probably go with a heavier rod. However, if you only plan to throw a small amount of line, then you may want to opt for a lighter rod. Another factor to consider is whether you prefer a stiffer rod or a softer rod. A stiffer rod allows you to cast farther and harder but requires more effort to bend. A softer rod is easier to bend but casts shorter distances.

How do I know which rod length is right for me?

When selecting a rod length, think about what type of fishing you plan to do. If you plan to use the rod primarily for trout fishing, then you should select a rod that is at least 6 feet long. This gives you enough room to cast far enough to cover large areas without having to worry about losing line.

If you plan to use the same rod for both trout and bass fishing, then you should stick with a 5 foot rod. You don’t need to be able to cast very far to catch bass, so you won’t have to worry about losing line while still being able to cover large areas.

If you plan to use the exact same rod for both trout fishing and walleye fishing, then you should go with a 4 foot rod. Walleyes tend to be smaller than trout, so you’ll need to cast short distances to cover their territory.

What is the difference between a fast action rod and a fast action taper rod?

A fast action rod is designed to retrieve lines quickly during a cast. It does not necessarily mean that the rod is fast. Some fast action rods are slow action rods as well. A fast action taper rod is designed to retrieve the line quickly during a cast by allowing the angler to make a smooth transition from forward to backcast.

Is there any difference in the feel of fast action rods versus fast action taper rods?

There is no difference in the feel of a fast action rod compared to a fast action taper. Both types of rods will give you the same results.

Are fast action rods better than traditional rods?

Yes! Traditional rods require the angler to pull on the rod handle to retrieve the line. This can cause fatigue after a few hours of casting. With fast action rods, the angler simply lets the rod bend over and the line comes out of the guides automatically.

Do fast action rods work better for casting heavy lines?

Yes! When using a fast action rod, it’s important to keep your wrist loose. By keeping your wrist loose, you’re giving yourself more control over the rod. This means that you can cast longer distances with fewer problems.

What is the most versatile fly rod?

Having a medium-weight fly rod and an adjustable reel seat is the most versatile fly rod. Then you can switch from one reel to another depending on the fish you’re trying to catch. For instance, if you’re looking to catch largemouth bass, you’ll need a larger reel. On the other hand, if you’re looking for trout, you may want a smaller reel.

What is the best fly rod for beginners?

The best fly rod for beginners is a light-weight rod with a medium action. These rods are easy to learn with and they allow you to practice casting before moving onto a heavier rod.


The amount of time you plan to spend fishing should be taken into account when choosing a fly rod. Are you planning to spend all day catching fish or are you just looking forward to relaxing and enjoying nature? Think about where you plan to fish and what kinds of fish you intend to catch. Select the rods that fit your needs based on their features.

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