Our favorite fly rods for peacock bass

Recommended fly rods for fly fishing peacock bass.

A tropical import from South America, the peacock bass first showed up stateside in Florida during the 1950s. Since then, the species has moved into waters throughout southeast Florida’s canals and connected lakes. With their wildly colorful markings, peacock bass are a prized catch, and one of the most spirited catches in bass fishing. The fly rods  highlighted here are all excellent choices for peacock bass fishing.

Fishing for peacock bass involves a lot of casting, often hundreds in a day. Casting distance is usually in the 30 to 60-foot range, but accuracy is critical. Because of the large flies used and the aggressive tapers on the fly lines, we recommend a lightweight, fast action rod and a reel with good drag. The strikes can come fast and furious, so it’s a good idea to have two rods rigged and ready to go.

If you’re looking for a reel to go with your rod, check out our recommendation on fly reels for bass fishing.

ReelLine weightsPrice
Echo EPR fly rod 8wt-12wt $449.99
G. Loomis NRX fly rod 3wt–12wt $730.00
Sage IGNITER fly rod 4wt–10wt $900.00
Sage SALT HD fly rod 6wt–16wt $950.00
Scott Meridian fly rod 8wt–15wt $865.00
    1. Echo EPR Fly Rod

      Best Peacock Bass Fly Rod Echo EPR

      Price: $449.99
      Line weights: 8wt - 12wt

      The result of a two-year collaboration between Pat Ehlers of The Fly Fishers and Tim Rajeff of Echo, the EPR fly rod combines a super-fast tip with a powerful bottom half for a rod with amply power for long casts and fish fighting, but enough sensitivity for short casts. Priced at $449.99, it’s one of the best fly rods for the money.

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    2. G. Loomis NRX Fly Rod

      Best Fly Rods for Peacock Bass G. Loomis NRX

      Price: $730.00
      Line weights: 3wt - 12wt

      This all water line of fly rods is a great choice for everything from freshwater trout fishing to stalking larger saltwater species like tarpon. By combining lighter and higher density carbon with Nano Silica resins, G. Loomis has created a lightweight, durable and responsive rod. Available in 3wt to 12wt sizes.

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    3. Sage IGNITER Fly Rod

      Best Peacock Bass Fly Rod Sage IGNITER

      Price: $900.00
      Line weights: 4wt - 10wt

      An ultra-fast action rod designed for demanding freshwater or saltwater conditions, the IGNITER incorporates Sage’s super light, devastatingly accurate KonneticHD graphite technology. For fighting strong winds, turning over bulky rigs, or reaching far away fish, this rod gets the job done with ease.

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    4. Sage SALT HD Fly Rod

      Best Peacock Bass Fly Rod Sage SALT HD

      Price: $950.00
      Line weights: 6wt - 16wt

      Designed with Sage’s Konnetic HD Technology, the SALT HD lets you cast further, faster and more precisely. Rapid-fire shots are easier, and with the sensitivity of this rod you can land flies delicately when the need arises. While the name says Salt, this is a great choice for peacocks and anything else the jungle has to offer.

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