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UNDERSTANDING FISHING RODS: THE BASIC PARTS

Understanding the basic parts of fishing rods will expand your knowledge and will also help you choose the right fishing rod for different types of fish and in any given condition.

Check out the basic parts of a fishing rod and the functions:

BUTT CAP

The butt cap is at the bottom of the handle and made of rubber, plastic, wood or cork. You can press this against your stomach if you’re fighting a strong or humongous fish. Its main function is to protect the rod blank and handle.

BUTT

The butt is the thickest part of your rod below the handle.

GUIDES

The guides are the rings that you see all the way down to the rod that hold the fishing line. The number, spacing and size depend on the kind of rod you’re using. Silicon carbide, stainless steel and aluminium are some of the materials used for guides.

HANDLE

The handle is the part located below the reel seat where you hold the rod and is usually made of foam or cork. Cork is preferred by many anglers because it’s lightweight, durable and is good at transmitting vibrations from the rod.

REEL SEAT

The reel seat is where you attach the reel to the rod. Some rods have rings while others have a hood mechanism that screws the reel to keep it in place. Some reel seats have a cutout that allows direct contact on the rod for greater sensitivity.

FERRULE

The ferrule is the joint where sections of the rod fit together if you have a rod that breaks down into two or more pieces, such as a travel rod.

TIP

The tip is the uppermost part of the rod, the thinnest and most flexible at the top.

TIP TOP

It is the guide at the very tip of your fishing rod, the smallest and probably the most important guide.

While most rods have all of these features, configurations vary depending on purpose.


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Robert M Davies
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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.