Angler-Approved, Your Ultimate Guide To The Perfect Fishing Rod.
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Successful fishing isn’t always simple. You need the right conditions with the perfect balance of patience, skill and knowledge. A little luck never hurts, either. You can’t will a fish to bite, though. You have to have the proper gear and tackle to take home the big one.
One of the most vital (and obvious) pieces to any angler’s equipment list is their fishing rod. These poles help fishermen to get their baits and lures into the water with precision, power and distance as they search for fortune at the end of their line. Not every rod is built the same, however, and certain rods can be better for certain anglers. With these tips and tricks, you can be well on your way to choosing the right fishing rod for your day on the water.
FISHING ROD COMPONENTS
Before you determine which length and style you want, you should know the different components of your fishing rod. These pieces are mostly universal, with only slight changes depending on the fishing rod style.
Starting from the bottom of your fishing rod, the handle is, naturally, where you will hold the pole. Handles are usually made from cork or EVA foam for a comfortable, durable grip, and can vary in length. Typically, longer handles are better for longer casting because you can get both hands involved for more load. Shorter handles can help anglers looking to make shorter casts, cast with one hand or even master the technique of roll casting. Fishermen can also look for split grip, popular with bass fishermen, or pistol grip handles, which can help with keeping the overall rod weight down for shorter casts with lighter baits.
Moving farther up the rod you will find the reel seat. This is the area where you can rig your reel by sliding the reel foot into the collars, tightening them down to eliminate any play or wobble from the setup. Be sure to research how to choose a fishing reel so that your angling setup can be solid from top to bottom.
THE BLANK & GUIDES
The main shaft portion of your fishing rod is called the blank. Along the blank are guides, which are the circular pieces that your fishing line is threaded through for more control. The guides are made from either plastic, metal or ceramic materials and are attached at the rod’s windings. A fishing rod’s guides are on top (facing toward the sky) on casting-style rods. Guides are on the bottom (facing toward the ground) on spinning-style rods. The final guide in the sequence on your rod is the tip, which is the thinnest and most flexible portion of the rod.
If your rod is collapsible, then you will have two ferrules: one male and one female. This is the location where your rod will come together for proper use. When connecting the two pieces, make sure that the guides line up, so your line has a straight plane of travel.
HOW TO CHOOSE ROD LENGTH
Now that you know all the basic parts and pieces of your fishing rod, you can begin to determine which pole best fits for your fishing style. Rod length is measured from the end of your handle to the end of your rod’s tip and can heavily influence your casting abilities. In general, smaller fishing rods cast shorter distances, while longer fishing rods cast longer distances. Each type has a purpose, however. In situations where close combat is needed, anglers can benefit from using a shorter fishing rod. Shorter lengths can also help when fighting fish because they often have less bend than other longer options. Longer fishing rods excel in their ability to cast long distances, making them great for covering more water and fishing deep.
The length of a fishing rod typically ranges from 6-12 feet, so to choose a measurement for your needs, consider the type of fishing you plan to do, the species you are after and your fishing environment. A good length for beginner anglers is usually around 7 feet. Th