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Best Fly Rods - Top Fly Fishing Rod Manufacturers

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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."

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2. G. Loomis Fly Rods (24)

Best fly rods - G. Loomis Fly Fishing

G. Loomis knows a thing or two about world records. Along with the 24 fly fishing world records, G. Loomis' longtime designer Steve Rajeffthe holds the world casting record of 243 feet.

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3. Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods (18)

Best fly fishing - Thomas & Thomas Fly Fishing

Little known fact about Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods? The company was started in Beltsville, Maryland, by a Dorsey and Maxwell.

 

4. Orvis Fly Rods (14)

Best fly fishing - Orvis Fly Fishing

A household name for outdoorsmen across the country, Orvis carries plenty more than waders and outdoor gear. Orvis' ZG Zero Gravity Helios fly rod series, for example, was named "Best of the Best" by Field & Stream magazine the past two years.

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5. Redington Fly Rods (7)

Best fly rods - Redington Fly Fishing

Founded in 1992, Redington, based in Bainbridge Island, Wash., is a relative newcomer when it comes to the fly rod makers on our top 10 list.

But Redington also better understands the new generation of angler better than many rod makers, and gears its fly rods to that audience, which is why it’s helped so many anglers set world records in recent years.

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6. Albright Fly Rods (4)

Best fly fishing - Albright Fly Fishing

Albright Tackle LLC makes everything from rods to reels and lines, focusing on providing "affordable and relevant fishing tackle."

7. R.L. Winston Rod Company (4)

Best Fly Rods - R.L. Winston Fly Fishing

R.L. Winston Rod Company produces fine fly rods made of everything from bamboo to second-generation boron and graphite composites.

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8. Cabela's Fly Rods (3)

The self-proclaimed "World's Foremost Outfitter," Cabela's is a outdoors superstore with plenty of options for the fly fisher.

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9. Temple Fork Fly Rods (3)

Best fly rods - Temple Fork Outfitters

Temple Fork Outfitters started off with the "Killer Caddis" and originally made flies and tying tools but is now a proven rod maker as well.

SHOP NOW: COMPARE PRICES OF TEMPLE FLY RODS

10. Seven Others (2)

Seven other rod makers are tied at two world records apiece.

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