The best value fly rods for your money
These 7 fly rods perform exceptionally—and won't break the bank.
Accept nothing less than the best performance per dollar. These 7 fly rods are excellent value options for demanding fly fishers on a budget.
|Fly rod||Line weights||Price|
|Echo EPR fly rod||8wt–12wt||$449.99|
|Echo Carbon XL fly rod||2wt–6wt||$149.99|
|Echo Ion XL fly rod||6wt–10wt||$169.99|
|Scott Flex fly rod||3wt–8wt||$475.00|
|Sage Foundation fly rod||4wt–8wt||$325.00|
|G. Loomis IMX-Pro fly rod||4wt–8wt||$495.00|
|Scott Tidal fly rod||6wt–10wt, 12wt||$495.00|
Line weights: 8wt, 9wt, 10wt, 12wt
A powerful fly rod for freshwater or saltwater fly fishing. Choose the 8wt to throw bugs and streamers at smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as chasing bonefish on the saltwater flats; the 9wt for pike, muskies and saltwater fish like snook and permit; the 10wt for muskies, big pike, baby tarpon and permit; the 12wt for big tarpon in the salt and for those who want a large fly rod for muskies.
Super fast action with lightweight, high-modulus graphite. The butt section provides great hook setting and fish fighting power.
At $449.99 the Echo EPR offers tremendous versatility and value for the money. Give us a call for more details. Nobody else knows it better – after all, our owner Pat Ehlers designed it.Product details >>
Line weights: 2wt, 3wt, 4wt, 5wt, 6wt
A super light freshwater fly rod for trout, panfish or bass. Feels light in the hand with actions to match a variety of casting styles and fly fishing scenarios. An excellent option for beginner freshwater fly fishermen.
Features medium fast action, lightweight ceramic stripping guides and a half wells cork handle to accommodate different grip styles.
The Echo Carbon XL is an absolute steal for the price.Product details >>
Line weights: 6wt, 7wt, 8wt, 9wt, 10wt
The Ion XL is a lightweight saltwater grade fly rod with big power for an awesome price. Medium fast to fast action with oversized stripping guides and 2 grip style options. At the range of 6wt – 10wt the Ion XL provides versatility for trout, bass, pike, muskies, steelhead, salmon and more saltwater fish species.
For under $200 you’re getting really good performance on the salt.Product details >>
Line weights: 3wt, 4wt, 5wt, 6wt, 7wt, 8wt
A high performance budget option for freshwater fly fishing. Get the guaranteed elite Scott quality at a price that won’t break the bank. The Scott Flex rod creates high line speeds and generate tight loops with ease.
At a price listed under $500 this is a great value for high performance freshwater fly fishing—from a world-renowned fly rod manufacturer.Product details >>
Line weights: 4wt, 5wt, 6wt, 7wt, 8wt
The Sage FOUNDATION is an excellent economical rod from Sage. The 4wt – 6wt FOUNDATION rods have snub nose half-wells handles, and the 7wt/8wt models have a full wells grip with a fighting butt. Like most of the rods on this list, a highly versatile option for freshwater or saltwater fly fishing with several line weights to choose from. One of the best options here for beginners.
Like all Sage fly rods it comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty. Pretty good value for under $400.Product details >>
Line weights: 4wt, 5wt, 6wt, 7wt, 8wt
Another rod in the 4wt – 8wt range makes the list. A great option for freshwater fishing bass or trout with some capability to handle light saltwater fly fishing in the higher weight range.
Priced at just under $500, the G. Loomis IMX-Pro fly rod represents a performance level rod at an economical price.Product details >>
Line weights: 6wt, 7wt, 8wt, 9wt, 10wt, 12wt
The Scott Tidal is primarily a saltwater rod but can also work as a heavy rod for fishing musky or pike. Features a natural finish, multi-modulus lay-up blank design, and like all Scott fly rods is 100% handcrafted in the USA.
Finding a go-to saltwater fly rod for under $500 is no easy task – but you’ve done it.Product details >>