There are several factors to consider when choosing a fly rod. One of the biggest considerations is rod weight. A lightweight fly rod, such as a 2wt, 3wt or 4wt, is ideal for fishing with small flies and creates a delicate presentation. A 5wt fly rod is versatile enough for many applications and casts comfortably up to 60 feet. For larger fish and heavier lures, a 6wt or 7wt rod can accommodate weighted nymphs and heavier saltwater lures, as well as bigger fish. An 8wt fly fishing rod is typically reserved for fish weighing more than six pounds. Fly rods from brands like Hardy, Eagle Claw, Redington and Wright & McGill Co. are available in two, three, four and five-piece models, and occasionally six or seven-piece models for backpacking and travel.