A good angler needs the right tools for the job, and your fishing rod is easily one of the most important tools you’ll use. However, finding the perfect fishing rod can be easier said than done. With so many factors to consider, the processing of choosing a fishing rod can get confusing. Here we break down everything you need to consider in order to help you find the right fishing rod for your journey:
The length of your rod will determine how far you can cast the line. Before buying, think about these two factors:
- Where you’ll be fishing: Longer rods reach greater distances, but sometimes you don’t need to cast your line too far. If you’re fishing in a boat or kayak, chances are you need a shorter rod.
- How easily you can handle a longer rod: A longer rod is more difficult to maneuver, while a shorter rod is more beginner friendly.
There are three main types of materials used for fishing rods. The type you choose will depend on what you’re trying to fish.
- Fiberglass: Durable and affordable, these are a good first rod for beginners. They are heavy, though, and lighter bites are difficult to detect.
- Graphite: A lighter alternative to fiberglass, graphite rods are good for a fight and are sensitive to bites.
- Composite: Composites are a mix of fiberglass and graphite. This makes them a versatile choice for anglers who can’t make up their minds.
The action of the rod refers to how much it bends and where. There are typically three categories:
- Slow: Extremely flexible. The whole pole bends, making it better for strong fish.
- Medium: Some-what flexible. Bends at the top half of the pole.
- Fast: Stiff. Only bends at the uppermost part of the pole, making it more sensitive to bites.
Finally, there’s power. This is a rod’s ability to withstand pressure. It can range from ultra light to ultra heavy, with light rods good for small fish and heavy rods good for large fish.