What’s the best fly rod for trout if you’re just starting out? What is the best all-around fly rod for trout? Luckily, a beginner rod and an all-around rod are both the same—a 9-foot rod that calls for a 5-weight line. This rod will work just fine in any size trout stream, from small streams to big rivers.
It’s also fine for fishing lakes and ponds. And if you’re inclined to chase other species, it will handle bass and panfish as long as you don’t use very large streamers and bass bugs. But smaller bugs and streamers up to about a size 6 are fine with this rod and it will handle bass up to five pounds with ease.
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