Going through fishing gear these days can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many brands touting different outfits that will leave you with more questions than answers. What you really need is a fishing rod that feels right in your hands. But you have to know what type of fishing rod works best in what situation.
Types of fishing rods
There are three main types of fishing rods:
- Fiberglass rods
These types of rods are of average weight but are highly durable. A fiberglass rod is suitable for a beginner as it requires little maintenance and knowledge in handling. This rod is also good for handling fighting fish like pike, muskies and walleyes.
- Bamboo fishing rods
This type of fishing rod is preferred for its smooth backcast. It is suitable for intermediate and advanced anglers.
- Graphite fishing rods
Graphite is a lightweight material of high strength. A graphite fishing rod is very effective in the hands of an advanced angler as its superior strength gives a match for the heavier fighting fish.
Choosing fishing rod lengths
Fishing rod lengths range from 6-12 feet. You should pick a fishing rod according to your height and the place where you are going fishing. Pick a short rod for a child. A beginner should go for an 8-9 feet rod which is easier to control and still gives good casting distance. A shorter stronger rod is also suitable if you are going after larger fighting fish. Catfish, walleyes, and bass are best caught with 5 ½ -6 feet rods of medium weight. If you are fishing in a wide open space like a lake, choose a longer rod that will allow you to fly the fish.
Consider the degree of tapering which affects the degree to which the rod can flex. Rods with minimal flexing are easier to cast.
Spinning or casting?
There are two kinds of handles on fishing rods. A spinning rod has a straight handle and no finger hooks. The guides are at the bottom of the handle. A spinning reel will hang below the rod. Spinning rods are typically shorter at 5-8 feet. A casting rod has a handle that is slightly tipped down. The guides are at the top of the rod while the finger hook is at the bottom for easy wrapping around the index finger when casting. A casting reel is set at the top of the rod for more accurate casting. These rods are suitable for long fishing hours where hundreds of casts are expected.