Thread: Wet Fly Rod?
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: Wet Fly Rod?

In the old days before fiberglass and graphite, a rod with "dry fly action" was a crisper (and often shorter) rod made from the better strips of bamboo, so that you could dry your fly easily with quick false casts and they lay it down again precisely. Rods made from inferior bamboo usually didn't have the same crisp action, but were perfectly adequate for lazy, repetitive, down-and-across casting, and so were said by sunny-talking salesmen to have "wet-fly action". Often you would find a wide variation of action in different rods of exactly the same model, especially the mass-produced factory rods, depending on the quality of the material that happened to go into an individual rod.

But with today's materials, that distinction doesn't really apply any more. Fishing wet flies down-and-across doesn't really require a slow action, and a lot of people enjoy a gentle (by today's standards) but accurate graphite rod for delicate dry fly and nymph work.

I would, however, recommend that you pick a rod with a sensitive tip in whatever action you prefer. It can help you detect more strikes, and protect fine tippets from the hard strikes wet flies often provoke. (This isn't a serious constraint. There are lots of rods at every price point that don't have too-stiff tips, and the ones that do tend to have other unattractive qualities anyway.)
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