Graphite fly rods are one of the most popular trout fly rods in production today. They come in many different weights and actions. They are lighter than a fiberglass fly rod, allowing you to cast longer and with more accuracy. They are also very flexible and strong, making them perfect for trout fly fishing. A graphite fly rod is also less expensive than a boron or bamboo fly rod.
Graphite materials were first used by the military in the '60s to replace metal in some applications. It is now used in a variety of sporting goods including golf shafts.
Some years back I was on a field trip to a small mountain stream with my local fly shop. Without any sales pitch I was handed a 3-weight graphite rod. Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of one.
Of the entire fly fishing videos out there I always enjoy watching how things are made.
Here is a fly fishing video that shows how graphite rods are made. I want to give a special thanks to the Discovery Channel for making this video available.