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.
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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Little known fact about Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods? The company was started in Beltsville, Maryland, by a Dorsey and Maxwell.
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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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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Albright Tackle LLC makes everything from rods to reels and lines, focusing on providing "affordable and relevant fishing tackle."
10. Seven Others (2)
Seven other rod makers are tied at two world records apiece.