Man Looks At Fishing Rods In Store

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT FISHING ROD

Choosing the right fishing rod can be quite tricky as a beginner. There are a lot of reasons that go into choosing a fishing rod, especially for those who have a particular technique and fishing style. A good fishing rod won’t make you a better angler but a poor quality rod will certainly hinder your fishing ability.

Here are some of the questions to ask and the answers for them.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WEIGHT

The first time you look at the sheer volume of fishing rods available on stores, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Lightweight fishing rods are perfect for beginners. This is the kind of rod you can pair with a size 2500 spinning reel. You don’t need a heavy rod that is designed for large game fishing reels and chasing Tuna out in deepwater.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction and design will have a lot to do with the cost of the rod. It’s true, you do get what you pay for, but that is not to say that lower cost, entry level rods from brand names you know such as Jarvis Walker, will not be a good choice. For beginners, it always pays to go with a brand name and a lower cost rod. Most lower cost, entry level rods are made of fibreglass, while the more expensive are made from carbon fibre. For your first rod, go with fibreglass unless you get a really good deal on a carbon fibre rod.

TRANSPORTATION

Telescopic or multi-section rods are great for when you are hacking your way through bush or you are travelling by vehicle to your fishing destination. Travel rods or telescopic rods are very popular with newbie anglers because they are easy to pack away and store. If you choose a well-known brand name, you know there is no loss in rod-capability even though it is multi-section.

WHAT LENGTH ROD?

Longer rods are usually used for rock and surf fishing, while shorter rods are usually used for boat and kayak fishing. The middle ground of fishing rods, for all fishing situations, is the six-foot, six-inch spin fishing rod.

As a beginner, a six-foot, six-inch spin fishing rod is generally regarded as the best choice as this type of rod is middle of the road and useful in a variety of situations.

There are other issues such as action and taper but as a beginner, these issues are a little advanced to start thinking about. I would be more concerned about getting the right rod and reel that are suited to each other. Beginners often put the wrong size reel on the wrong type of rod. So instead of thinking about what rod, think about what rod and reel combo and ask your retailer if you are unsure.


 

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Robert M Davies
rob.m@dinga.com.au

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.