How to Choose Your Fishing Rods

Did you know that fishing rods are usually the piece of tackle that fisherman give the least thought to before buying? It’s true. Even excellent anglers who pride themselves on a vast knowledge of the sport will often use fishing rods that are a poor match for the type of fisherman they actually are.

So many fishing rods?

Let me explain…

3 Tips to Choose Your Fishing Rods

I really believe the problem starts with the sheer numbers of different fishing rods on the market these days. Walk into any sporting goods store and you’ll quickly discover how even an experienced fisherman might scratch his head in confusion.

Basically, it all comes down to picking fishing rods based on one of three broad types: casting, spinning, and flyfishing. Figure out which type of fisherman you actually are and you’ll eliminate most of the questions.

Baitcasting Fishing Rods: Casting fishing rods are made for reels designed for lots of ‘cast and retrieve’ action. If you’re a freshwater lake or stream fisherman, this is probably the type of rod you’ve used many times, with a reel that attaches on the topside of the pole.

Spinning Rods: Spinning fishing rods work with spinner reels, which attach underneath the pole. If you are a fisherman who uses a lot of lighter lures (flies, small jigs, worms, etc.), this is a type of rod you’ve probably used.

Fly Rods: Fly fishing rods are the most expensive, on average, and also the most technologically advanced (in many cases). Fly fishermen are notoriously possessive of their favorite rod, and many won’t blink twice over spending several hundred dollars on one. The basic decision here is between power and feel. The better models will marry both, using exotic materials.

Once you figure out which of these fishing rods is the best match for the kind of fisherman you are – caster, spinner, marine – that huge selection in the sporting goods store shrinks to a manageable number in a hurry. Good luck!

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