Fit The Fishing Rod To The Fishing Task
See yourself standing on
the bank of a swiftly moving stream in the shade of a gnarled willow, your
fishing rod bent beneath the weight of an unusually large catch.
Whether or not you land
that fish depends on the decisions you made at the shop -- primarily the type of
The ABCs Of Fishing Rods
Your rod is the most
important tool you will use while fishing, and you can chose from a wide range
of types, styles and lengths.
A fishing rod is a shaft
of graphite, fiberglass, steel, wood or bamboo used to catch fish (duh). Fishing
filament (line) is threaded through the ferrules (eyes) along the rod. The
ferrule at the tip directs the cast. One end of the line winds around a reel at
the base of the pole. The other end of the line has a baited hook attached to
Fishing rods vary from 4
feet (for children) to 16 feet, with the average being 6 feet long. Rod length
is chosen based on: the species of fish you target and the environment you will
If your fishing hole is
beside trees with overhead branches, you'll need a short, flexible rod.
Flexibility -- the amount the rod can bend before breaking -- is determined by
the diameter of the pole. Light rods are thin and flexible, while stronger rods
are thicker and more rigid. For open terrain, flexible, thin rods that are 10 to
12 feet long are good, unless it is too windy.
Fresh Water Or Salt Water?
occurs in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, while saltwater fishing is done in
oceans and along the coast. Choose a rod appropriate to the environment.
Plan For Species Of Fish
Short, strong rods are
best for landing game fish. Stronger and thicker rods should be used for large,
aggressive fish. Such fish could break a lighter pole.
Select Rod By Material
Common types of fishing
rods include bamboo, fiberglass and graphite. Bamboo rods can be a basic,
inexpensive pole with a line attached, to very expensive handcrafted rods that
are used for fly-fishing. Bamboo rods run from $5 up to hundreds of dollars for
handcrafted fly fishing rods. If you are not planning to do fly-fishing,
fiberglass or graphite rods are best.
Fiberglass rods are good
for beginners and kids and they're reasonably priced. They come in many lengths,
flexibility characteristics, and require very little maintenance. Many
experienced anglers prefer graphite rods, because they are very lightweight and
A Fitting Rod
Your goal should be to
find a rod that fits your arm and is comfortable. If you have trouble choosing,
ask someone with experience to go along or just ask the staff at a fishing
store. A few pointers will quickly get you on your way -- to a world of fun.
Visit www.gonefishingshop.com to learn more. Ron King is a full-time researcher, writer, and
web developer. Copyright 2005 Ron
King. This article may be reprinted if the resource box is left intact.