Fly Rods

Fly Fishing Rods : The move to lighter.

A fly fishing rod is primarily a tool to absorb the shock of fighting a fish. It's secondary purpose is to help cast our lure further. During the age of silk fly lines, we had cane fly fishing rods, bamboo fly rods, fiberglass fly rods and then we had graphite and carbon rods. Silk fly lines are thinner than pvc fly lines, so the rings on older rods were smaller. Also, they bend more and they were softer fly fishing rods.

The problem with silk lines when using rods is that are the density of intermediate fly lines. Untreated, they sink at approx 1.2 inches per second. So, to make a silk fly line float you need to dry it first, then apply a line dressing. That creates a hydrophobic coating and makes the line swim, not float. Silk lines are also a drab colour.

Choose from the Sunray's collection of high quality fly fishing rods on the page below which will give you the options required when using different styles of fly casting. Single handed fly rods being slightly shorter, but also with double handed fly fishing rods available, for the larger lakes or rivers we have things covered. The fly fishing rods above range from fiberglass fly rods, through to the microlite rods and of course distance rods all giving you great control and the perfect fly fishing experience. Sunray rods will give you superb casting accuracy and line control and the ability to land which ever fish the environment & location dictates.  Call our friendly & knowledgeable staff for any help or assistance when choosing your fly fishing rod or simply order online today. 

Understanding that tThere was a market desire for easy casting with your fly fishing rod, far flying, brightly coloured, high floating fly lines, we needed stronger stiffer carbon to cast them. That hamster wheel lasted for nearly 3 decades. Sunray have recognised that and stopped that dysfunctional relationship. A carbon fly blank needn't feel like a broomstick.

We use low friction guides and, in combination with our low diameter fly lines, we can cast distances un achievable with heavy, thick fly lines previously. Also, we don't need the stiff carbon to cast the lines, so a Sunray blank is typically softer, bending progressively into the butt.

Softer fly fishing rods and thinner lines catch more fish.

Because our blanks bend more, we can use lighter tippets and thinner fly lines, which means we spook less, hook more and land more fish. We have over 5000 customers and enough proof now to stand by this theory and it is our data led philosophy. Softer rods and thinner lines catch more fish.

A fiberglass fly fishing rod is inherently softer but developments in glassfibre mean that we can make fast action glass rods. Perfect for small stream work and delicate presentation. Fiberglass evokes the nostalgia of past, they are fun to cast and fun to play fish on, simply due to the fact they bend more. We use our thumb on top of the handle to push through the stroke when casting softer blanks to keep the tip travelling flat, creating tight loops

Our lines load the rod easier and fly without the friction associated with thicker lines, meaning the rod can bend more easily. You need less effort to cast a Sunray blank. Casting a fly whether it's spey casting or overhead casting is easy, the casting techniques required are less technical. Our double hand rods also bend more. A spey fly rod or a scandi rod uses the bottom handle to generate the power. It's important that application of power travels in a progressive way through to the tip of the fly rod.

A beginner can use a Sunray fly fishing outfit more easily and get better distance within a shorter learning curve. The best fly rod for a beginner is usually 9 foot. A 5 weight is the all round tool for people wanting to learn fly fishing. People want to know how to cast a fly rod easily, using thick fly lines and stiff blanks makes that process harder. There have been developments in single handed fly fish rods, double hand fly fish rods, saltwater fly rods, Spey rods and switch rods in the last 10 years. Those developments make buying a fly fishing rod harder in some respects, due to the amount of choice.

The common denominator to look for in choosing the right fly rod is whether it has a balanced action. Some rods bend mostly at the tip and then the rest of the rod is stiff. Some rods wobble at the tip and bend too easily through to the butt. A Sunray rod bends progressively, each section passing the load smoothly from tip to butt. 

Some rods play the fish using only the top third of the blank, leaving the other 2 thirds dormant. The rod should be playing the fish using all of its blank, spreading the load evenly. Our outfits mean you can use lighter rods, thinner lines, lighter tippets and smaller flies. The result is you simply catch more fish. That is our philosophy which is now proof, tested by over 5000 customers around the world since 2014.