Otto's Gear Tips

Fly Fishing Rods

  • Today's rods usually are either graphite or more expensive bamboo. Anglers will want to make sure the grip or handle fits comfortably with in the hand. The larger rods will typically have a butt on the end and smaller rods will not.
  • The base of the rod will have a real seat to secure the reel to the rod. Smaller rods may only have a sliding seat to secure the reel where as the larger rods will have 2 seats to secure the reel. Otto's rods have tightening seats on all models.
  • Length of the rod will depend on what type of waters are fished as well as the type of fish anglers are after. Smaller streams and ponds may only use a 7'0" rod to help with smaller back casts and lighter fish. Typically fish in midsized rivers will take a #5 rod x 9'0" or heavier / longer length.
  • Action of the rods range from flex towards the tip to stiff throughout the entire rod. Rods sold by Otto's are Medium-Fast Action, which distributes flex throughout the upper half of the rod versus a full action which distributes the flex down to the reel. Rods should dampen vibrations after flexing.

Fly Fishing Reels

  • Boulder Reels have large arbors where the Teton Reels have super large arbors. The larger the arbor, the quicker the fisherman can reel in the catch. Both have drag systems that are one way and can be adjusted with the drag knob.
  • Spools: most in today's marketplace are removable and are easily interchangeable. This allows fisherman to have multiple lines on multiple spools to allow for a quick change while in the river or stream
  • Drag System: A great drag system is a premium when landing larger fish to allow the fish to run while keeping tension on the fish. Make sure you have a reliable system that can easily be adjusted.
  • Machine Cut: All Otto's Reels are machine cut, meaning the reel is manufactured from one piece of metal. The other common type of reel is cast metal. The cast metal will typically use a plastic cartridge as the spool and is typically less money than a machine cut reel.

Fly Line

  • Types of fly line include: level, double taper, weight forward, quick sink tips, floating, and salt water. Otto's Fly Fishing carries weight forward lines, which allows the fisherman to cast easier thru wind and and carry more distance.
  • Weight forward will carry more line towards the front of the line to help with casting since it carries a heavier weight in the front.
  • Give colors some thought. The brighter colors help when trying to spot the fish taking the fly but can also be seen by the fish below. We carry Aqua Blue to help both the angler see the line as well as blend in with the water as much as possible.
  • Total length of line is around 80' to 90' feet, not including line backing. Anglers will want to put enough backing on the spool to make sure to keep the fish on if they run but not too much to interfere with the reel when all of the line is coiled.
  • Anglers will want to match the fly line weight to the fly reel. You can go up 2 sizes for the tippet against the leader. Example is if you purchase a 5# reel, anglers will use a 5# line and can use a #5, #6, or #7 tippet against a #5 leader. The larger the number for tippets and leaders, the smaller the diameter of the line.