How to Choose a Fishing Rod

How to Choose a Fishing Rod

How to choose a rod

Selecting the right fishing rod is not as easy as it looks. Some rods are made for beginners, some are multipurpose and some are designed with a very specific fishing method in mind. With numerous options available at Fishing World, it's important to think about various factors before buying a new rod.

What's Your Fishing Style?

Before you dive into the specifics of choosing a fishing rod, it's important to identify the type of fishing you are going to be doing. Different fishing techniques require specific rod characteristics. For example, if you prefer casting lightweight lures, a spinning rod might be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you're planning to to troll or fishing in heavy cover, a sturdy bait casting rod may be more suitable. Understanding your fishing approach is the first step in narrowing down your options.

Rods for Baitcasters vs Spinning Reels

A baitcaster is characterized by the reel mounted on top of the rod. It is great when you are targeting larger fish — bass, muskie and pike — and is great for casting in tight spots or trolling larger lures. A spinning rod features a fixed, open-faced reel underneath, making it easier to cast lightweight lures and handle lighter lines. It provides versatility for those who only have one rod and is great for beginners.

Consider the Rod Length

The length of a fishing rod affects casting distance, leverage, and overall control. Shorter rods typically offer more power and control, making them suitable for fishing in tight spaces or targeting larger fish. Longer rods, on the other hand, provide increased casting distance and are ideal for fishing from the shore or when covering more extensive areas by casting.

Consider your fishing environment and the species you'll be targeting to determine the appropriate rod length for your needs.

Rod Action and Power

 Rod action refers to the flexibility of the rod, while power refers to its ability to handle different fish sizes. Fast-action rods bend mostly at the tip, providing better sensitivity for detecting subtle strikes. These rods are great when fishing on the bottom for walleye, perch and crappie. Medium or moderate action rods bend more towards the middle, making them ideal for general-purpose fishing. This is the type to have if you only have one rod. Power ratings range from ultra-light to extra-heavy, with each suitable for specific fish sizes and fighting strength.

Material and Construction

Fishing rods are commonly made from fiberglass, graphite, or a combination of both. Fiberglass rods offer durability and are more affordable, making them a popular choice for beginners or those on a budget. Graphite rods, on the other hand, are lightweight, sensitive, and offer greater casting distance and accuracy. They are more expensive but provide enhanced performance for those who fish regularly. Additionally, consider the rod's construction quality, including the number and type of guides or eyelets, reel seat, and handle material as these factors contribute to the rod's overall performance and longevity.

Test the Rod

Whenever possible, try holding and flexing the rod before making a purchase. Get a feel for the weight, balance, and overall comfort. Flex the rod to assess its action and responsiveness. This hands-on approach will help you make a more informed decision and ensure that the rod feels comfortable in your hands.

At Fishing World, we can help you choosing the perfect fishing rod. Just tell us your fishing style and what kind of fish you are planning to catch and we can help you find the right rod based on its length, action, power, materials, and construction.