The laughable idea that only a $1400 fly rod built with lots of scientific sounding horseshit can make you a highly skilled fly fisherman is being pimped so hard by a bunch of blowhard industry clowns who feel their opinions matter because they guided once on the Bulkley and now they’re all worldly and shit. (Wow, really, you caught
flossed fall steelhead on T-14, props to your mad skills, clap clap clap)
This marketing shite isn’t fly fishing, it’s pathetic.
Learning how to cast, practising lots and buying high quality lines that match your rod will make you a better caster, not buying a overhyped dick sceptre golf club that is 0.0000987 ounces lighter than the last rod you had. Marketing with moronic terms like “swing weight” is just an industry fallacy created to dupe newbies into chasing some latest greatest fetishized delusion of being cool.
Newsflash, flyfishers aren’t cool, and the latest greatest fly rod is just a golf club with chrome snake guides.
Truth is there are many many really good low to mid range rods available in today’s market and the average (real non poser) fishing cast is under 50 feet and rod manufacturers got that angle covered a long time ago, so what are you chasing?
Put your money into your resource and into learning and travelling. At the end of the day the fish you catch matters, not the rod you catch em with.