Below is a guide to help you decide on
the correct weight fly rod for your favoured fly fishing style
Buyers fly rod weight guide for NZ
A lot of NZ's fly fishing is in smaller to medium waterways. Size of fish
and the often windy conditions mean that rods in the below ranges are most
4 Weight fly rods; These are for
the expert who likes to fish very light gear in smaller streams with
floating lines and small dries and nymphs. The dry fly purist would love this
5 Weight fly rods: Again these are for experienced fly casters as the
wind can play havoc with your casts. Best used on smaller to medium water
ways for delicate presentations of dry flies and nymphs with floating
lines. It's more versatile than the 4 weight and will handle larger fish and cope with more wind for when in the hands of an experienced fly caster
6 weight fly rods: This is my pick as good general all round weight rod
for NZ conditions. Good in small to medium waterways and lake edges, while
also allowing you to be successful on larger waterways. A 6 weight will have
enough back bone to fight big fish, cast into moderate winds, yet
still be able to present a fly delicately to a wary fish. Line choice can also make a big difference, so match them to where you will be fishing, presentation lines will be good general type lines, while a backcountry type line will help if you fish in those places as they can handle more wind and cast larger flies more easily.
The 6 weight rod is also heavy enough for fishing sinking lines with lures etc.
A #6 should be the learners pick as it'll cover the general fishing experiences they are likely to encounter
7 Weight fly rods: A 7 weight is heavy enough to cope with wind, is
ideal for medium
to larger size rivers and lake fishing where distance becomes more important. It's getting a little heavy for
delicate presentations, but with more distance you be reach those fish on
'other side' and take of the infamous Nor Wester. It's also a good weight for fishing larger dries, heavier nymphs
and lures with sinking lines.
8 Weight fly rods: Lakes and larger rivers where more distance is
required and presentations don't need to be so subtle. Ideal on rivers such as the Tongariro where distance is needed and heavy nymphs or wet lines are used where an
8 weight is the standard.
9 Weight fly rods: These are for more of a specialized use in
heavier condition; Lakes, larger rivers, saltwater, distance
casting and even salmon fishing.
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