A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF FISHING RODS: CONSTRUCTION, LENGTH, POWER
Each fishing rod is made for a specific purpose to cater to every angler’s fishing needs. A basic understanding of fishing rods will give you a better idea of what type of rod suits your need. There’s no fishing rod alike; they differ in weight, length, in the materials they’re made of and other features and characteristics.
FISHING ROD CONSTRUCTION
Fibreglass, graphite or composites are the materials used in making fishing rods. If you’re a beginner, fibreglass fishing rods are ideal for you. They’re cheaper and tougher rods, but less sensitive. The best feature of fibreglass rods is that they’re stronger and more durable.
Most experienced anglers prefer graphite fishing rods since they are extremely light yet super strong. Graphite fishing rods provide the highest level of sensitivity. However, they’re more fragile than other materials, plus the manufacturing process is more complex and more costly.
The combination of fibreglass and graphite is also a good rod for beginners. Composite fishing rods are relatively sensitive, long-lasting and lightweight which are applicable to most fishing situations.
FISHING RODS LENGTHS
Fishing rod length depends on how you intend to use it, the type of your fishing, and the type of water surrounding your fishing location. The basic all-purpose fishing rod has a length of six to seven feet with ultralight, light or at most, medium weight.
Short and strong rods range from four to six feet for catching heavy fish from the depth of the ocean and large lakes, or simply when you are boat fishing or fishing in a tight situation where a longer rod would not suit. While longer rods range from seven to 12 feet, which are thicker and stronger built for bigger fishing and longer casting distance. Anything over nine feet is normally designed for surf or rock fishing.
FISHING RODS POWER
Power is also known as the power value or the rod weight and refers to how much weight it takes to bend the rod. Keep in mind your rod’s rating to avoid breaking off the rod or snapping off the line.
The power of fishing rods comes in a range of ultralight, light, medium heavy, heavy and ultra-heavy. However, some manufacturers classify their ranges differently. There aren’t really any strict regulations in place, for example.
The range of light rods is typically used for smaller species and fishing with a lighter line and smaller lures. Medium range rods, on the other hand, have the overall versatility. They are good for a wide range of common species, while beefy enough to land a large larger fish. And heavy range rods are for deep sea fishing, surf fishing or for heavy fishing by weight.
For anyone getting started, a six to seven-foot rod with a 1-3kg or 2-4kg rating is more than sufficient for most land-based fishing. Combine either of these rods with a size 20 or size 25 reel (2000 or 2500) and you have a pretty balanced combo. If you are not sure, go with a combo that is already paired by a reliable retailer.
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