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Rod Article

Buying the right rod...for You


Date: 3/03/05
Tackle type: Rods
Manufacturer: All
Reviewer: Zander

Buying the right rod for your application and unique style of fishing will increase your angling success. The fishing rod is the backbone of your tackle, and the truest extension of your fishing arm. Tackle manufacturers have elevated the art of rod building to a science, and today anglers have more choices than ever before.

While possible, using one rod for a wide range of applications can reduce your chances of angling success and increase your chances of damaging your tackle

Choosing the right rod: Though it may seem like there are an unlimited number of choices, picking the right rod doesn’t have to be taxing, as long as you know what you are looking for. The fact is that all rods are not created equal, and unfortunately there is no one rod that can do it all, but you can start the process of picking the right rod by asking yourself these questions:

Many manufacturers make application specific rods, here TT Editor Vador makes use of a GLoomis flip and pitch rod

How often and where do you fish: Are you just learning to wet your line, a weekend warrior, or a tournament pro? Just how often you find yourself on the water should be a major factor in your decision. If you are just starting out you will want to budget less money on your first rod and spend more on application specific rods once you learn exactly what techniques you favor. Seasoned anglers will want to invest in higher quality, more sensitive rods that they are sure to use for extended periods. If you own a boat or have the luxury of fishing close to home, a single piece rod will be the best choice, as they are generally more sensitive and durable than multi-sectioned rods. If fishing requires you to travel, or have difficulty transporting single piece rods then you should consider collapsible or multi-sectional rods. Luckily for anglers many recent advances in rod building have made these multi-piece rods nearly as good as their single-piece counterparts.

There are some applications, especially those in saltwater where materials like fiberglass are still preferable to graphite

Freshwater or Saltwater species: Are you planning to fish for trout in the Sierras or duke it out with offshore Tuna? While there are some rods that can crossover between fresh and saltwater species, like bass rods pulling rockfish duty, the vast majority of rods are built for specific applications. The rod layout, action, and components may make it difficult for the rod to perform outside the intended range, and in the worst cases fail completely. If you do choose to fish a rod outside its intended application, do so with extra caution. Don't muscle fish in the way you normally would, or attempt to bring them up to the net by high sticking. There are some anglers that purposely downsize their tackle to either increase sensitivity or more relish the fight.

There are some occasions when rods can excel in multiple applications, like bass and inshore for example

Spinning or Casting: Do you prefer to fish with spinning or casting reels? Ultimately this decision will come down to the species you choose to pursue. Most Bass anglers prefer the precision that baitcasting outfits deliver, but few anglers can dispute the advantages of fishing ultra light line on spinning outfits. And if you are an offshore angler you will want to choose a robust rod capable of matching up with your heavy duty traditional round reel. More than anything else this choice comes down to preference. Larger species demand conventional reels, but as you pursue smaller fish factors like line weight, line visibility, and sensitivity all become major aspects that should be considered.

Spinning or casting? It depends on the application and your personal preferences. I still prefer drop shotting with spinning gear, like Kistler's drop shot special for example

Sensitivity, power, and your technique: Finally and perhaps most important of all is what you truly look for in a rod, and matching the way you personally enjoy fish to the right stick. If you enjoy fishing with lures you should seek a rod that is comfortable to cast repeatedly all day. If finesse fishing is your game then select a higher modulus graphite rod which will be faster, stiffer, and more sensitive. Most rods are made out of either graphite or fiberglass, and while graphite has grown in popularity over the last decade there are many applications where the reliability of fiberglass still makes it the best choice. Finding the perfect balance of sensitivity, power, and action for your own style of fishing is paramount to the rod selection process.

Buzz smiles as he retrieves a swimbait with a robust bass rod, picking the right rod can help you to deliver the right action to your baits...and catch more fish

Selecting the right rod is similar to finding the perfect pair of shoes for where you aspire to travel. The wrong selection still might fit but will feel awkward and hinder your progress, while the right choice will feel comfortable, allowing you to focus on the task at hand, and ultimately help you reach your goal. Just as a handyman wields a hammer, a fishing rod is the basic tool for fisherman, and picking the right rod is a good first step to becoming a superior angler.

Until next time....Tight Lines.









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