No matter what type of fishing you do, having the right rod for the job is paramount.
There are so many types and brands of rods available, it is difficult to know what you need to get the best outcome from every one of your fishing adventures.
Fishing Rod Technology
The days of the old bamboo pole are gone (although I still have one in the garage!) and rod building has become a science, with manufacturers using space age materials to create rods that are much more an integral part of the way we fish today.
In some cases you may find a rod that can be used for more than one fishing application, but in most cases rods are now built with a single application in mind.
If your on a tight budget you really need to think about the type of fishing you will be doing the most of, and the main species you will be targeting, to narrow down the rod choice that will best suit your needs, until you can afford more specialized equipment.
Where to start with your fishing rod choice?
I always recommend you start with looking at the type of fishing you will be doing
- Deep sea fishing
- On Shore fishing (river, stream or dam)
- Boat Fishing (Inshore)
- Kayak Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Fly fishing
Some of these categories will cross over, but are the best place to begin, as most of these will require a completely different rod to suit these types of fishing.
When choosing a rod there are 2 main things that determine what a rod will be best suited for, these factors are power and action.
The power rating is the strength needed to move a fish.
Rods are designed with various materials that give the varying degrees of this strength.
Choosing a rod with the right power rating means taking into consideration the size and fighting ability of the species you are targeting.
The action of a rod describes where it flexes during the cast and retrieve, it is a combination of both materials and components of the rod which will determine it’s performance.
A rod with extra fast action flexes closest to the tip, as the action descends from extra fast to slow, the flex descends through the rod blank towards the butt of the rod.
Different types of fishing require a different action to enable good bait presentation, proper performance of lure and smooth delivery and retrieve
Fishing Rod components
The rod blank and it’s Power and Action are the basics of a good rod, but having the other components of good quality, help to make a rod reliable and comfortable top use.
These components are the guides and grip.
The types and quality of guides can make a huge difference in the long term performance of a rod.
Poor quality guides can cause unnecessary friction when casting and retrieving, which may damage your line or limit your ability to cast well.
You want long lasting grip materials that won’t effect the performance of your rod while making is as comfortable to hold onto when the pressure is on.
Grips can be cork rubber or even a mix of both with protectants from both salt water and UV light to help them last longer
Benefit of More Than One Piece
Each join was considered a weak point when the rod was at full flex. Not any more!
Due to today’s travelling fisherman, manufacturers have designed rods that can be broken down into 2 or 3 parts, or even telescopic fishing rods to make them perfect for the traveller, but designed to enhance some of the strength components of the rod at these joins.
Now where there is a join, is usually at the section where a rod needs the extra stiffness of a joint, to compliment it’s power without effecting it’s action, so most rods that now come in more than one piece, are as good if not better than one piece rods, but also have the ability to be broken down and travel much easier.
The Right Fishing Rod
Choosing the right fishing rod comes down to matching it with the main style of fishing you do, and sized for the power and action requirements of the size of fish species you will be targeting.
Choose a rod brand that has the best quality components for the amount of money you can afford, and if travel or storage space is limited, choose a rod that breaks down into several pieces, but doen’t compromise the integrity of the rod structure itself.