How to Bend a Rod… and Why to Forget About it Afterwards


Surfing the internet the other day I came across an article that called my attention due to this statement:

Ongoing advancements in fly line materials and design continue to offer anglers ways to get more out of their casts. Today’s fly lines load rods more effectively…”

So I think it is worth talking a little bit about rod load or, as I prefer to say, rod bend.

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Focus Shift

Nowhere in the world of sending a fly out there with a line you can find rod load being more glorified than in the spey casting scene. Everything seems to gravitate around that. If the cast is good it is because the rod was properly loaded. If it went wrong… well, sure it is due to the rod not having enough load or unloading prematurely. Continue reading