SKY G

Fly Rod Series

The distinguished Douglas SKY G Fly Rod Series leverages technology in its quest to achieve fly rod perfection. It’s wonderfully lightweight and eminently castable, and the addition of revolutionary G-Tec platelets takes it over the top.

Altogether, you’ll find the Douglas SKY G Fly Rod Series offers superb dampening and recovery, near-effortless casting, accuracy, and outstanding durability. Innovative top-of-the-line components include: REC Titanium Cerecoil stripper guides with zirconia inserts, REC Titanium recoil guides, AAAA flor grade cork, a skeletonized aluminum reel seat, double uplocking rings with nylon bushings, and burled blackwood inserts. Includes a plush rod sock and aluminum tube

Models

Handles

Handle A

Handle B

Features

  • Winner of Yellowstone Anglers 202 5wt Shootout "Best Overall Rod" with 30 plus 5wt rods tested.
  • Distinctly effortless casting and increased sensitivity on some of the industries lightest blanks and swing weights in it's class.
  • REC Titanium shape memory Cerecoil stripper guides with zirconia inserts, REC Titanium recoil guides.
  • A skeletonized aluminum reel seat, double uplocking rings with nylon bushings and burled blackwood inserts.
  • Moderate-fast action, multi-modulus blanks constructed with G-Tec platelets over a glare-resistant platinum color with G-Armour coating.
  • AAAA flor-grade cork.
  • Section alignment dots featuring rod line weight.
  • Packaged with powder coated aluminum tube and plush moisture wicking rod sock.
  • Lifetime Warranty on all Douglas Fly Rods.

Reviews

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
A quick note of thanks and praise. I just purchased Sky G 5 wt. 9 ft. fly rod from Precision Fly & Tackle via mail order. I had done quite a bit of research on fly rods and had personally seen/handled many rods of equal price and quality to the Sky G in my search. While I was not able to see/handle the Sky G and considered purchasing another brand, none the less I purchased the Douglas Sky G based on reputation. Upon receipt of the fly rod the joy of my purchase of the rod and its overall quality was overshadowed by an aesthetic blemish on the cork handle. Admittedly it was a minor non-functional blemish but none-the-less disappointing. The blemish was the result of peeling off the warning label' affixed to the handle. I debated what to do and thought it probably best to suck it up and be happy with the new rod. But having seen other fly rods firsthand and the workmanship of those comparable $800 rods, the disappointment of the blemish was disheartening and very disappointing. So, I reached out to you via the contact/email portal on your web page and noted my disappointment. Within an hour I received an email, voice mail and text message from Kevin Johnson, your National Sales Manager. Before I could say anything to him, Kevin assured me you/he would make this right and would replace the handle section of the rod, no questions asked. I was embarrassed to be complaining about an aesthetic blemish but Kevin was understanding and said not to think twice about reaching out to you with my disappointment. Had a nice chat with Kevin who certainly represents Douglas Outdoors in a professional, personal and understanding manner. So, kudo's to Douglas Outdoors and to Kevin. I can't thank you enough in the manner in which you handled this. You truly stepped to the plate and made the situation right. I will certainly let my fishing friends know of your exemplary handling of this.
- Thomas M.

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
Douglas Sky G Performs Under All Circumstances The Douglas Sky G 9 foot 5 weight weighs only 2.7 ounces and has an incredibly light swing weight. However, this rod can cast streamers down to small parachutes on 15+ foot leaders with ease. The cork grip is of high quality and feels terrific. I've fished this rod all Spring and through mid Summer and it does EVERYTHING I ask of it. 30mph winds, no problem. Long leaders and small flies, no problem. Big fish on light tippet, no problem. It's a terrific rod and has both the feel and backbone I need.
- Jeff

SKY G 8'6" 4wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
It's Sooooo Good! This review is for the 8'6" 4 weight (I've also cast the 9' 6 weight, which is also really good, but in my opinion not as exceptional). This rod is pure butter. Hell, it might be better than butter. Bacon? Can a rod be bacon? This thing throws really nice loops. Soft, delicate loops. But not weak loops. I can throw the 8'6" 4 weight 70 feet without much effort. 50-ish without a haul. And it is super precise in short. Super light. Super technical. Easy to land softly. The rod is very competent with all of the usual dry fly tricks (reach mends, parachute casts, etc. etc.). I miss the last 6" on roll casts and mends, but it's more than a fair trade compared to a 9" 4 weight. If I was forced to nitpick about this rod, I don't love the rod sock. It's bulky. But, that's it! That's a first world problem (or whatever is an even lamer complaint than a first world problem). Sure, I'd appreciate it a hair more if it was made in the USA. But, again, that's small potatoes. It's a super fishy rod for a fair (albeit not cheap) price. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this rod.
- Matty

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
Purchased sky g a month ago. Own 4 sage rods and I prefer the sky. Light weight and a great dry fly rod.
- Gil

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
My first impression of this rod in action was its light weight and sensitivity which are more in line with a 3-weight than a 5-weight. It’s dampening is incredibly fast – not in the broomstick fast kinda way but more like a quicksilver super hero way. A fly shop buddy of mine pegged it perfectly, “Fast with feel and accuracy”. Apparently that’s what modern rod builders strive for. Well the dude who designed this rod got that right and then some. The sensitive casting power from close in to full line distance ( fly fishers just can’t resist that parking lot test) is going to make you imagine you’re not far off the standard of Joan Wulff or Tim Rajeff. It is so sensitive that even small fish are going to make you ride by the seat of your pants with excitement. But the thing that really sets it apart is its accuracy and I’m not talking about the parking lot test. In real life fishing situations with wind (the curse) and obstacles and space limitations, this rod delivered and took my fishing to the next level.
- Mission Fly Magazine

SKY G Series Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews.
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SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
A quick note of thanks and praise. I just purchased Sky G 5 wt. 9 ft. fly rod from Precision Fly & Tackle via mail order. I had done quite a bit of research on fly rods and had personally seen/handled many rods of equal price and quality to the Sky G in my search. While I was not able to see/handle the Sky G and considered purchasing another brand, none the less I purchased the Douglas Sky G based on reputation. Upon receipt of the fly rod the joy of my purchase of the rod and its overall quality was overshadowed by an aesthetic blemish on the cork handle. Admittedly it was a minor non-functional blemish but none-the-less disappointing. The blemish was the result of peeling off the warning label' affixed to the handle. I debated what to do and thought it probably best to suck it up and be happy with the new rod. But having seen other fly rods firsthand and the workmanship of those comparable $800 rods, the disappointment of the blemish was disheartening and very disappointing. So, I reached out to you via the contact/email portal on your web page and noted my disappointment. Within an hour I received an email, voice mail and text message from Kevin Johnson, your National Sales Manager. Before I could say anything to him, Kevin assured me you/he would make this right and would replace the handle section of the rod, no questions asked. I was embarrassed to be complaining about an aesthetic blemish but Kevin was understanding and said not to think twice about reaching out to you with my disappointment. Had a nice chat with Kevin who certainly represents Douglas Outdoors in a professional, personal and understanding manner. So, kudo's to Douglas Outdoors and to Kevin. I can't thank you enough in the manner in which you handled this. You truly stepped to the plate and made the situation right. I will certainly let my fishing friends know of your exemplary handling of this.
- Thomas M.

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
Douglas Sky G Performs Under All Circumstances The Douglas Sky G 9 foot 5 weight weighs only 2.7 ounces and has an incredibly light swing weight. However, this rod can cast streamers down to small parachutes on 15+ foot leaders with ease. The cork grip is of high quality and feels terrific. I've fished this rod all Spring and through mid Summer and it does EVERYTHING I ask of it. 30mph winds, no problem. Long leaders and small flies, no problem. Big fish on light tippet, no problem. It's a terrific rod and has both the feel and backbone I need.
- Jeff

SKY G 8'6" 4wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
It's Sooooo Good! This review is for the 8'6" 4 weight (I've also cast the 9' 6 weight, which is also really good, but in my opinion not as exceptional). This rod is pure butter. Hell, it might be better than butter. Bacon? Can a rod be bacon? This thing throws really nice loops. Soft, delicate loops. But not weak loops. I can throw the 8'6" 4 weight 70 feet without much effort. 50-ish without a haul. And it is super precise in short. Super light. Super technical. Easy to land softly. The rod is very competent with all of the usual dry fly tricks (reach mends, parachute casts, etc. etc.). I miss the last 6" on roll casts and mends, but it's more than a fair trade compared to a 9" 4 weight. If I was forced to nitpick about this rod, I don't love the rod sock. It's bulky. But, that's it! That's a first world problem (or whatever is an even lamer complaint than a first world problem). Sure, I'd appreciate it a hair more if it was made in the USA. But, again, that's small potatoes. It's a super fishy rod for a fair (albeit not cheap) price. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in this rod.
- Matty

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
Purchased sky g a month ago. Own 4 sage rods and I prefer the sky. Light weight and a great dry fly rod.
- Gil

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
My first impression of this rod in action was its light weight and sensitivity which are more in line with a 3-weight than a 5-weight. It’s dampening is incredibly fast – not in the broomstick fast kinda way but more like a quicksilver super hero way. A fly shop buddy of mine pegged it perfectly, “Fast with feel and accuracy”. Apparently that’s what modern rod builders strive for. Well the dude who designed this rod got that right and then some. The sensitive casting power from close in to full line distance ( fly fishers just can’t resist that parking lot test) is going to make you imagine you’re not far off the standard of Joan Wulff or Tim Rajeff. It is so sensitive that even small fish are going to make you ride by the seat of your pants with excitement. But the thing that really sets it apart is its accuracy and I’m not talking about the parking lot test. In real life fishing situations with wind (the curse) and obstacles and space limitations, this rod delivered and took my fishing to the next level.
- Mission Fly Magazine

SKY G 8'6" 4wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
The Sky G 8’6″ 4wt is everything you want your 4wt fly rod to be. It’s light, has no swing weight, protects light tippets, and is deadly accurate. It’s an absolutely fun rod to fish, which is a factor that’s hard to quantify in a review. The best way to say it is how the late Tom Morgan described fly rods to me before he died. Tom said that any good fly rod should be a good fishing rod; that is, it does its job, and you have fun using it. The Sky G is flat-out fun, and I daresay it’s a rod that Tom would have liked. I’ve fished and reviewed a lot of rods in my writing career, and it’s rare to have one stand out with such force like the Sky G.
- Midcurrent Magazine

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
We're pretty confident this is one of the best 5wt rods on the market right now. And if its first-place finish in Yellowstone Angler's 5wt shootout isn't enough to convince you, the componentry and industry-leading blank technology should win you over. If you're looking for a versatile rod with lightweight power and finesse, this is your rod.
- Trident Fly Fishing

SKY G 8904

SKY G Series
★★★★★
Trout fishers were impressed with the SKY G when Douglas Outdoors came out with 4- and 5-weight models in 2020, but the company's premium rod seemed a little bit like a teaser or an appetizer. It was delicious, but where was the rest of it? Finally, Douglas Outdoors has added an 8-weight to the SKY G family to whet the appetites of saltwater fly fishers. After testing in on the bonefish flats and mangrove channels of Boot Key and Coupon Bight, I believe it will leave saltwater fly fishers wanting even more.
- Fly Fisherman Magazine

SKY G 9' 5wt

SKY G Series
★★★★★
I've fished this rod the last several months and couldn't be more happy. I'd call it medium fast action that provides lots of feedback but with lots of power in the lower third of the rod. This is a rod that is great short to mid-range but with an extra gear when you need to punch out some line. It is a very light weight rod with the lightest swing weight I've ever felt in this category of fly rod. If you want a pure power rod this is not for you but it you want an all around rod that does almost everything well with plenty of feel you need to look at this rod.
- JJ
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