Ansel Fixed-Line Fly Fishing Rod



Meet the “3-WEIGHT” of fixed line fly fishing. This rod is quite possibly the easiest way to catch small to medium sized fish on the fly. It’s a secret weapon for the experienced fly angler and a no-brainer for beginners. It offers the simplicity of fixed-line fishing (no reel or extra line) with a faster action that leads to easier hook setting and, therefore, more fish netting!

5 in stock (can be backordered)



“As a casting instructor, I work with fly anglers at all levels. But I particularly enjoy working with beginners. I first picked up the Ansel to help a stroke survivor overcome his physical limitations and get back to fly fishing. Since then, I have found this rod, paired with some specially designed lines, to be a wonderful place to start for many “newbies.” But make no mistake, this is not just a one trick pony for beginners. The same qualities that offer them early success offer the experienced angler an edge. With crisp action and a tip section that somehow manages to balance incredible sensitivity with lateral stability, the Ansel’s casting performance far surpasses many of the other fixed-line options on the market. The faster action of the rod also makes it much more versatile, accommodating dries, droppers, tight-lining, small indicator rigs, and even weighted streamers. What started as the answer to a specific student challenge because of its simplicity has now become a rod/line setup I reach for myself because of its performance. My favorite rods can all be described as “magic wands” that disappear in your hand and become an extension of you. This setup achieves that status for me.”

– Cari Ray, The Fisher of Zen


  • Ansel rod
  • Hard case
  • Soft sock
  • Extra tips (top two sections)


  • SECTIONS: 11 
  • EXTENDED LENGTH: 10.9 feet
  • LILLIAN: Rotating Lillian
  • COLLAPSED LENGTH: 15.8 inches collapsed
  • WEIGHT: 2.3 oz (w/o plug)
  • ACTION: Fast Action
  • TIPPET: 7X – 5X
  • CCS : 31 Pennies
  • SPECIES:  Small to Medium Trout, Bass, Panfish, Cichlids


  • Nymphs
  • Dry & Wet flies
  • Small Streamers


The Ansel is a perfect backpacking and small river / stream rod.  It delivers exceptional sensitivity and casting using 3.5 level lines, furled lines and traditional tenkara lines. For better/more versatile performance, try one of our custom hand-tied lines. Its fast action makes it superb for hitting pocket water and deep holes with nymphs. You will get positive hook sets with the Ansel, guaranteed. When the fish are rising, throw dry flies and enjoy the lightness and feel of the rod. 


Use a tenkara-style cast, a lob cast, or an orbit cast. Or make things really simple and take the rod back to the 12 o’clock position, hold the rod with your index finger pointed forward and use your wrist. Just point and shoot!

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 3 × 3 in

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