In this post, I’ll cover the best budget fly rods on the market in 2023. I ordered, fished, and tested all of these rods myself (plus many others) to narrow this list down to the 10 best cheap fly rods.
Quick Answer: Best Cheap Fly Rods
⭐️ Best Budget Fly Rod Overall: Redington Crosswater ⭐️
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Initially, it worked very well, and if you had any problems, like slamming your fly rod with your car’s door, you get it sorted out.
Recently, they have gone out of business, and now there are a lot of people that can’t get their rods repaired.
I tell you this story because it is something you have to take into consideration.
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This brings us to a very grey subject. Let’s first mention that you get rods with lifetime warranties, and then you get rods without any warranty. The latter has been thrown out as we feel a manufacturer must back their product to some extent.
I also understand that, out of the manufacturer’s point of view, it’s not economically feasible to sell a rod for $100 and keep repairing it for free for the next 50 years.
My best advice is that if you have a friend or a trustworthy fly fishing shop in your area, have a chat with them to find out what their thoughts and experiences are.
Negative stories tend to travel quite fast and you’ll soon find out what manufacturers you can trust or not.
The rods that we have mentioned in our “10 Best Budget Fly Rods” have different warranties, but all have been in the game long enough for you to trust them.
As with any fly rod, it’s worth deciding on what budget fly rod you’ll go with based on the type of fishing you’ll be doing. You don’t want to target Tarpon with a 3 weight, and you don’t want to overpower small trout on an 8-weight.
For beginners, a great weight to start with is a 4 or 5 weight. And all of the rods we’ve listed above have these weights available and feel great in that category.
Rod Tube And Sock
Fly rods, well any fishing rod for that matter, are damaged the most while they are transported.
To me, it is of utmost importance that a rod comes with a rod tube and sock. This will ensure that the rod is kept safe and will prolong its usable life.
If the rod does not come with either of these, make sure you purchase them separately as soon as possible.
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Table of Contents
- How We Reviewed & Tested These Budget Fly Rods
- The Best Budget Fly Rods in 2023
- 1. Redington Crosswater
- 2. Maxcatch Premier
- 3. Orvis Encounter
- 4. Redington Path II
- 5. Redington Original
- 6. Moonshine The Drifter II
- 7. Piscifun Sword
- 8. Eagle Claw Featherlight
- 9. Wild Water
- 10. Redington Wrangler Trout XL
- BONUS: Maxcatch Extreme (Best Budget Combo)
- Best Budget Fly Rod Buyer’s Guide
- Watch Our Best Budget Fly Rods Video
Whether you are an experienced or beginner fly angler, somewhere in your fly fishing career you’ll be looking at buying an affordable fly rod. It might be due to budget constraints at home or looking at a backup rod, or maybe you already have a saltwater rod and you want to get a budget trout rod.
Whatever the reason, I hope that our list of 10 Best Budget Fly Rods will give you some direction.
Please share this article with your fishing buddies or newcomers to the sport.
Until next time. Tight lines.
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