There are lots of great fly rods out there, but how do you know which one is the best one for you? Here at Curated, our independent experts recommend rods to customers just like you every day. Check out this list of our experts' top-recommended fly rods under $250, then chat with a Fly Fishing expert to make sure you find the perfect rod for you.
- Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod
- Temple Fork Outfitters Pro 2 Fly Rod
- Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label Fly Rod & Kit
- Redington Classic Trout Fly Rod
- Redington Vice Rod w/ Tube
- Orvis Clearwater® 6-Piece Fly Rod
- Temple Fork Outfitters Signature 2 Fly Rod
- Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label Fly Rod
- Redington Minnow Combo
- Temple Fork Outfitters Tough Fly Rod
Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod
All around trout! This is more of a medium-action rod, so requires a bit slower casting stroke. Feels great for those who enjoy that flex!
Great entry-level option! Versatile rod for varied techniques and also comes with a great 25 year warranty from Orvis!
All around trout fishing, awesome fast action, and under Orvis' 25 yr warrenty!
Temple Fork Outfitters Pro 2 Fly Rod
This rod is very powerful but also casts very smooth. It has a medium fast action that can handle long distance casting. Temple Fork rods have a lifetime warranty and if you ever have to put in a claim they are a great company to work with.
This rod is a stud for medium to larger waters, where you're really trying to cast out to those farther fish, and can bring them in without too much stress.
Good do all rod, great for budget conscious buyers.
Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label Fly Rod & Kit
Nice mid-fast action rod options from TFO. Great accuracy and rebound with a great and comfortable handle shape. This package includes a reel, line, and leader!
Redington Classic Trout Fly Rod
The classic trout is a great rod to learn how to fly fish on. It performs great and casts really smoothly, and for the price, is a great bargain for mid-tier quality at entry-level cost.
8 foot 3 weight rod is great for small streams and ponds. Super fun to catch fish on! Very easy casting rod! Awesome price and packs down to 6 pieces! Good for trout, panfish, and bass.
8'6" 3WT. A solid Redington rod. Entry level, but gets the job done. Good for trout.
Redington Vice Rod w/ Tube
Do-all work horse of a rod, will handle everything from hopper dropper and heavy nymph rigs, to small to medium size streamers.
A great, fast-action rod to really cast out bigger flies. Good for big water and big fish.
Saltwater species like stripers and redfish, freshwater salmon, and steelhead.
Orvis Clearwater® 6-Piece Fly Rod
Not only does it have the length to reach out and control drifts and the power to reach far banks, but it also has the line weight to handle big bass. Firing a big topwater won't be an issue!
Powerful yet very versatile rod that can handle a wide array of challenges from small dries to streamers and wind.
No reel here - just the rod. Allows you to mix and match reels.
Temple Fork Outfitters Signature 2 Fly Rod
Casting longer distances and in wind. In my experience, TFO rods are faster action (stiffer), and do a great job in windy places such as Wyoming. You can use this rod for dries, nymphs, and streamers, and can probably get away with casting some larger flies here.
The 9' 5 Wt is a great do it all weight and length for a variety of trout situations - dries, medium-light nymph rigs, and even small streamers. A perfect first fly rod that has enough performance to impress even the most accomplished casters.
All types of freshwater fishing. Enough backbone in the rod to fight all types of fish comfortably.
Temple Fork Outfitters NXT Black Label Fly Rod
TFO has made one of the most beginner friendly rods with the Black Label series. The TFO Black Label kit is an excellent setup that is used by many fly schools for teaching the fundamentals yet will still have enough performance to keep you happy for a long time. The rod is a versatile, medium-fast action that will suit a lot of casting styles and flies. The included NXT BLK Reel is a solid reel that will perform as intended and comes loaded with backing, a weight-forward floating fly line, and leader/tippet.
Redington Minnow Combo
The Redington Minnow is specifically designed for younger anglers with a shorter length (8'0") and a medium action. This is a great rod to improve casting techniques, but it has enough performance and power to keep you satisfied as you become an expert caster. And although this rod is designed for anglers of shorter stature, this has enough power to cast a wide variety of flies for trout, panfish, and bass. This is a quality, affordable 8' 5 weight for anglers of any age!
Temple Fork Outfitters Tough Fly Rod
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