Who makes the best Rod

Who makes the best fly rod? Who are the top fly fishing rod manufacturers?

The answer depends on the fly fishing guide you talk to, and, unfortunately, the brands they endorse or are authorized dealers of. 

In an attempt to provide an objective list of the best fly fishing rods, we’ve researched the best fly rods used in the World Record Game Fishes book, published by the International Game Fish Association.

Here are the top fly rods, in terms of world records, along with links to price comparisons and in-depth reviews on those particular brands.

1. Sage Fly Rods (75 world records)

Best fly rods - Sage fly fishing

It’s obvious Sage fly rods are the best fly fishing rods in the eyes of world record fly fishermen.

With 75 world records, Sage has more than three times as many records as the next closest competitor.

Sage, founded in 1980 by legendary rod designer Don Green, is currently located in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

“Sage was created with one idea in mind – to build the world’s finest performance fly rods,” the company’s website notes. “Using world-class materials and years of experience gained while working with Fenwick and Grizzly rod companies, Don revolutionized the fly fishing world.”


A short review by

Brian Milne

Updated: February 13, 2013 — 1:28 pm
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