With many of us spending more time at home during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s a great time to prep fly fishing gear and get ready for those spring and early summer fishing opportunities. Like many of you, we’re hopeful that we’ll be getting back to normal and enjoying our favorite fly fishing adventures in a couple of months!
As you prep your fly fishing gear, here are three things to consider:
1. Check Your Fly Rods
Take a close look at your fly rods and clean off any dust, debris or buildup. Pay close attention to your fly rod’s ferrules, guides and reel seat. After a year’s worth of use, it helps to give these a good cleaning.
2. Check Your Fly Lines
Fly lines get dirty and poor performance from a fly line makes a big difference when you’re fishing. Clean your fly lines with an appropriate cloth and fly line dressing. If you see visible cracks in the line, it’s time to replace it. Check with your local fly shop to find the right line for your fly rod. They can also help you with line cleaning agents.
3. Do a Fishing Tackle Inventory
Take stock of your leaders, strike indicators, weights, and other fly fishing tackle. Make a list of what you have and what holes you need to fill. This is a great time to make a list of those needed items, rather than the day before you want to go fishing. Give yourself plenty of time to stock up and place an order with your local fly shop if needed.
A Word on Rod Availability & Free Shipping
For a limited time, we are currently offering free shipping on all orders with no minimum from MysticOutdoors.com.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, our rod building team here in the U.S. will be forced to slow production. Fortunately though, we have a solid inventory of fly rods already set to ship and many of our dealers are still offering phone and online orders with free shipping. So if you’re ready to order a Mystic fly rod, you'll have no trouble getting one quickly to your door. Thanks for supporting your local fly shops and small businesses like Mystic Outdoors during this time!
A Word on Fly Rod Warranties
Please note that warranty repairs may be delayed during this time. We will do our best to continue repairing rods and sending them back. However, if you have a rod that needs repaired, we’d ask for your patience. Like so many small businesses, we’re doing our best to keep up and we’ll get through these challenges together!
Our Favorite Rods for Spring and Summer Fishing
Looking for a great fly rod for your spring and summer fly fishing adventures? Here are a few of our recommendations:
Ice Off on Mountain Lakes and Reservoirs:
Many of us are looking forward to ice-off fishing on our favorite lakes and reservoirs. Our most popular rod for this type of fishing is the M-Series. We love these rods in many other situations too. But for stillwater fishing, the 10’ 3” length and the power in this rod is simply awesome. Learn more about our M-Series fly rods here.
Dry Fly Fishing:
For many anglers, the arrival of warm weather means one thing: dry fly fishing. If delicate presentations and smashing surface eats fill your daydreams, then take a look at our Au Sauble series of fly rods. At 8’ 3” the length of these rods are perfect for laying down dry flies in brush-choked streams. Learn more about the Au Sable fly rods here.
All-Around Fly Rods:
If you’re looking for one fly rod that’s a do-it-all workhorse with an incredibly competitive price tag, have a look at our best selling Reaper X. You can’t go wrong with a 9’ 5-weigtht or 6-weight. It can take you from nymphing, to streamers, to dry flies and everything in between. Outside of these standards, the Reaper X is available from 7’ 3-weight all the way up to a 10’ 8-weight. No matter where you find yourself fishing on a regular basis, there’s a Reaper X that can handle it. Learn more about the Reaper X fly rods here.