A Fly Rod for BeginnersFly rods for beginners should be several things. Easy to cast, sized appropriately for the destination being targeted, and most of the time... affordable. Getting into a new sport doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. These rods and setups will serve you well as a new angler and offer years of service. Most anglers get a 9' 5 weight rod which is versatile enough for trout, panfish, and lightweight bass. If you are after larger fish like salmon, striped bass, steelhead, carp, or largemouth bass many new anglers purchase an 8 weight rod. For creeks and small trout, a 7' - 8' 3 weight or 4 weight rod is about right. Most anglers equip their rods with a floating fly line.