The Different Kinds of Fishing Rods

There is a huge range of fishing rods to choose from, all of which are designed to handle a different task. Having the right kind of rods for your fishing technique is just one way to make your experience enjoyable and memorable. The types of fish you are fishing, the frequency of your fishing activities, and the location you are fishing in, all play a key role in choosing the correct rods. This basically means that the rod you use will determine much of your experience, whether it will be successful or not. 

Fishing rods differ in terms of width, height, and elasticity (action), depending on what you are trying to catch and the location of the fishing. Basically, you want a rod that is hard enough not to break when the fish is on line. And flexible enough to adapt to the pressure of a fighting fish, so you don’t cut your line. In this article, we will discuss the different types of fishing rods so you can understand the basics, and we hope to help you make the right decision picking a fishing rod.

Casting rod: This is otherwise known as spin cast rods, it is designed to let fishermen perfectly position their lure or bait anywhere they want to. Casting rod can be divided into two categories: bait casting rods and spin casting rods, many modern rods are basically sold as “casting rod” without any discrimination. In both categories, the rod eyes are on upper part of the rod. Spin casting rods generally have a forefinger trigger grip and smaller eyes but have a larger eye near the reel. It is designed to be used with spin casting reels. While casting rod is reasonable for most types of lake and channel fishing. They are very effective than the spinning rod because they can use thicker line and handle heavy covers like rocks, weed etc.

casting fishing rod

Fly Fishing rods: These rods are designed for fly fishing; this includes casting a lightweight draw, also called “fake fly,” attached to the weighted line. This bait is covered with brightly shaded plumes, hair, hide, and different materials to lure in the fish, while the awesome line sinks out of site. They are designed to grip flying fishing reels and are mainly used for fishing in fresh water. Flying rods come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are designed specifically for fly fishing. They are thin and flexible to let you work the fly forward and backward, and are generally very light and very small compared to other rods. One unique feature of a fly rod is the lack of a butt section, which means that fisherman can cast freely and quickly.

fly fishing rod

Telescopic fishing rod: these rods are designed to either rumple down to a short length or lengthen into a more extended rod. They are extendable; often range from one to two feet when closed and up to about 20 feet when completely extended. Majority of telescopic rods look like spinning rods when extended, with some eyes and a flexible head that facilitate the casting process. Though some telescopic rods do not have eyes, and the line is pass directed through the center of the rod; this rod is special, and is common among surf fishermen since it allows a very long rod to be easily folded up for storage and transportation purpose.

telescopic fishing rod

Trolling Rods: These rods are used to cast artificial flies; the rods are designed to drag lures and bait behind a moving boat. It allows the motion of the boat to drag the bait through the water. Trolling rods are mainly used for great lakes and ocean fishing. Tolling rods are hard with relatively fast action since a slow-action rod is too supple for trolling off a faster-moving boat.

trolling rods

Ultra-Light Rods: This rod is used to fished smaller fishes such as such as bass, trout, and several types of panfish. However, some fishermen also extend their usage to larger fishes. The light fishing line and some measured lures are less likely to scare off smaller fish; therefore they tend to catch more little fish than other different types of a rod. The usual bait choices for ultra-light rods are small spindles, wet flies, and plastic worms.

Surf Rods: These rods are generally used as part of fishing in the sea from the shore, rocks or any other type of shoreline. They look bigger than the normal spinning rod, and they usually have a length of about 3 to 4.2 m. So you can cast beyond the breaking surf where fish have the tendency to gather. Also, they are strong enough to cast large lure expected to hold the base in unpleasant water.

So, in conclusion, there are many kinds of fishing rods available today that are an example of innovation in sports fishing throughout history. In the beginning, it was a way of providing food. Today fishing is one of the best sports and a way to enjoy your favorite hobby. I hope this gives you some information about the type of rod you want to use for the kind of fishing you are planning to do. If you are a beginner just start simple and I wish you enjoy fishing just like I do.

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