Successful fishing is the result of many different factors all coming together in harmony. It requires the right conditions, a lot of patience, skill, knowledge, a little bit of luck and of course the right fishing gear. Of that fishing gear, nothing is quite as important as your fishing rod.
There are many types of fishing rods for sale with various features and modifications suited to different requirements and specific needs. When looking for a new fishing rod it can become very confusing as to where to start. Here are some basic things to consider before buying your next fishing rod.
Handles are usually made from cork or EVA so that the user has a comfortable and durable grip. You will spend a lot of time with your handle so it’s important to choose one that suits you. If you are looking to cast the long distance you will want a longer handle and shorter casts require a short handle. Split grips are popular amongst bass fisherman which helps to keep the weight of the rod down for those important short casts.
It’s important to select the right reel for your particular type of fishing. Reels come in three basic styles: casting, spinning and fly fishing. There are then are a number of different options for each of those styles. Do some thorough research on fishing reels before making your choice.
Once you understand what handle and reel you require you can decide upon a rod length. The length of a rod is usually measured from the tip to the end of the handle. Deciding on which length you require depends on the type of fishing you want to do. A general rule of thumb is that a short rod length is suited to shorter casts and longer rods for longer casts. However, a short rod might be very useful in the fight against a big fish, whereas a longer rod will suit anyone looking to cover a larger space or those who want to do some deep fishing.
- Typical rod lengths are 6-12 feet.
- The length required can depend on the type of fishing, the species of fish you want to catch and the environment.
- Beginners should start with a 7-foot rod to ease themselves into their fishing practice.
- Fibreglass rods are great for beginners or anglers as they are strong and durable.
Casting or Spinning Rod
Casting rods are great for placing casts more accurately and with greater precision. They come in baitcasting or spincasting models dependent on the reel. The difference between the two is in the size of the guides along the rod, baitcasting guides are smaller to accommodate the path at which the line peels off the reel. Trolling rods are good sea fishing rods that are best suited to those that enjoy deep-sea fishing as they are much stronger and heavier to deal with bigger fish and bigger fights.
Spinning rods are much smaller and lighter than casting rods making them best suited to beginners or for a kids fishing rod. The guides are located on the bottom of the rod which allows the line to run smoothly off the spinning reel. Spinning rods are popular choice for anyone after a carp fishing rod.
Telescopic Fishing Rods
These fishing rods have the ability to fold into themselves for better portability. You can get any of the fishing rod types and feastures discussed above in a telescopic format. If you do a lot of travelling or hike fishing then this is a great choice for you. They are easy to carry and store nicely in the back of your car.