This is a wide open question really and not one that you can easily answer with any type of accuracy. It really depends on who you ask. Some guides would say one brand while another might put that brand on the bottom of the list. Still, it is possible to narrow the list down a little to a general list of great products. Here is a look at some of the more prominent brands on the market today:
Sage Fly Rods
This company is responsible for more world records than any other brand in fly fishing equipment. It would be very hard to leave them off this list. Sage is owned and operated by Don Green and has been around since the early eighties. The company is located in Washington. The goal for Sage fly rods was to make the best fly fishing equipment in the world. Mission accomplished.
Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
These guys have spent a lifetime making outstanding fly rods and they have made themselves major players through hard work and dedication. There are others that are more expensive but none any better in my view.
G. Loomis Fly Rods
This company is all about being well rounded and their equipment shows it. They have world records in many areas. I love the look of G. Loomis Rods as they have a wonderful sleek design while maintaining a strong look.
Orvis Fly Rods
Orvis is likely one the best known brands on this page, and it is for good reason. They are big time in every area of outdoor gear. Their fly rod equipment is award winning from top to bottom. Orvis will be around for the long haul since they are so well rounded in their sales.
Redington Fly Rods
These guys might be new, but they have their fingers on the pulse of the modern golfer. Having been around a short period of time compared to these other guys, Redington still commands a decent share of the market. That share should only grow in the years to come as they lead the way in cutting edge technology.
Albright Fly Rods
If you are looking to fly fish without spending huge dollars, then Albright Fly Rods might be the ticket for you. These guys put out a great line of rods and reels and don’t charge you a fortune to do it. They are popular for more than that though. These guys pack quality into their fly fishing equipment as well.