If you are fishing a fly below the water surface, you are wet fly fishing. Wet fly fishing is more about how you fish the fly rather than the fly itself. Most of the time, wet fly anglers are more successful because fish feed under the film and feast on smaller fish, terrestrials, aquatic bugs, shrimp, crayfish and tadpoles.
In general, the best fly fishing rod for most beginners is a fast action 9-foot graphite fly rod made for a 5 weight line. Here’s why… and what it means to buy a fly rod based on length, weight, and action.