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Which Type of Fishing Rod you Should be Using

We’ve talked about fishing reels, so it seems only natural to talk a bit about rods. What rod should you be using & under which application? There are so many different things to consider when it comes to fishing rods, but here are some general pointers for you to consider which will help simplify matters.

Fibreglass Fishing Rods

In a previous article we talked about fibreglass rods being the preferred rod of choice if you are going to be casting lures. You may recall that this is because the fibreglass rod is much more forgiving when it comes to setting the hook – the reaction time is slower. This allows ample time for the fish to take the lure. If I were selecting a fibreglass rod, it would be at least 6 feet long, preferably 7 feet. The extra length will give you extra distance when you cast & it will also absorb more of the power from the fish, which takes stresses away from your line.

One Piece or Two Piece Fishing Rods?

As far as one piece vs. two piece rods, I feel one piece rods are the preferred way to go. They are stronger, more sensitive, & are less susceptible to breakage… they also don’t come apart on you in the middle of a cast – or while fighting a fish! However, there is a time & a place for 2 piece rods. For example, if you like to keep a rod in the trunk of your car; or in your backpack while hiking to your fishing spot; to fly in fishing trips; anytime space is a factor, then I would consider 2 piece rods – otherwise, it’s one piece all the way.

Graphite Fishing Rods

If you are working jigs or live bait, then a graphite rod would be the way to go. There are many different strains of graphite but in general, IM6, IM7 or IM8 are considered a high strain of graphite offering both sensitivity & strength. Graphite rods, in general, are very light weight & very comfortable to fish with. Further, I would stay away from “wimpy” rods. Get yourself at least a medium action rod, or better yet a medium/heavy or strictly a heavy action rod. These rods will give you more “backbone” i.e. more hook setting strength. A wimpy, light action rod would be o.k. if you are pan fishing & want to use light tackle – however, their inability to allow for hook setting power makes them unattractive to use for game fish.

Which Fishing Rod to Use While Trolling

Should you be trolling a lot, or down rigging, then you need to re-consider & use fibreglass rods. Graphite rods are not made to be constantly bent & under pressure and may even break on you under those conditions. Longer Fibreglass rods would be the way to go. Seven, eight or even nine-foot rods will do just fine. Try to find one with some “back bone”.

As far as guides are concerned, good quality ceramic guides are ideal. If you have bare steel guides, your line will eventually put a grove into them, causing your line to weaken & break very easily.

Cork Handles vs Black Rubber Handles

Many times I am asked about cork handles vs. the black rubber handles found on fishing rods. Cork is much more light weight and comfortable to use. It even has a better “feel” to it. Generally speaking, if you are going to be holding your rod while fishing, cork handles are ideal. If your rod will be sitting in a rod holder all day, then the black rubber handled rods would be preferred, as they can take more abuse and weight/feel are not factors.

Until next time, good fishing.

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