Fishing Rod Buying Guide
Fishing Rods 101
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Types of Fishing Rods
Telescopic Fishing Rod
Fishing Rod Buying Tips:
• When fishing the bottom of a body of water, it’s best to use a shorter rod
• Fiberglass rods are heavier than carbon fibre rods but also generally less expensive
• A casting rod is a good beginner rod because it’s easy to use and usually less expensive than other types of rods
Fishing Rod Length +
The length of the rod that you buy should depend on two factors: the sort of fish that you want to catch and the location in which you’ll be fishing. Shorter rods are best for wooded areas and catching larger fish. Longer rods are best for clear, open spaces and smaller fish.
Fishing Rod Action +
The rod action, or whip, is the speed with which a rod returns to its original position after bending. Depending on the rod, the action will range from slow (whippy) to very fast (stiff). The action you choose should depend on the weight of fish that you want to catch. Heavier fish require faster actions and smaller fish require slower actions.
Fishing Rod Weight +
Also known as the rod’s “power”, fishing rods are classed as ultra-light, light, medium-light, medium, medium-heavy, heavy and ultra-Heavy. The weight is a good indicator of the size, species or type of fishing for which a rod is best suited. Ultra-light rods are suitable for catching panfish, baitfish and other small fish that require a slow action response. Ultra-heavy rods are used in surf fishing, or for extremely heavy fish. The key to avoiding broken rods or lost fish is to use the rod in the right situations.
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Fishing Rod Maintenance Tips:
• Store your rod in its case to protect it from the elements
• Do not use graphite rods in electrical storms because they conduct electricity
• To avoid damage to your graphite rod, don't place it too close to other metal fishing gear or abrasive objects