Method 1. Understanding Fishing Rod Measurements and Specifications
- Shorter rods cast shorter distances and are usually used for lightweight lures. They also allow you better manipulation when you are fighting with a fish, so may be appropriate for big game fishing. They are also useful when trolling, a type of fishing where the line is attached to a moving boat and drawn across the water.
- Longer rods cast further distances and, therefore, are useful for surfcasting, which is when you are fishing directly from the shoreline rather than a boat or pier. Longer rods are also used in fly fishing and for heavier lures.
- The weight is measured either by the weight of the lure it is designed to cast, or the "pound test". The pound test is the fishing line weight it is designed to handle.
- A heavier action means a stiffer backbone on the rod.This means it is recommended for use with bass or other large species of fish. A lighter action rod is usually used with smaller species of fish.
- Graphite rods are lighter and stiffer, but much more brittle than fiberglass rods. They are much more sensitive, as well, because of this. Graphite rods are usually more expensive than fiberglass rods.
- Fiberglass rods are heavier, but much more flexible than graphite rods. They are very difficult to break. They are also usually the less expensive option when choosing a rod material.
- A combination of both materials is ideal for a fisherman who fishes in a variety of locations, for multiple types of fish.
- A spinning reel is like automatic transmission on a car. It allows less control but is ideal for beginners because it allows for a greater rate of success. Spinning reels are less likely to get tangled. They work well with lighter lures and baits and are good all-purpose rods.
- A casting reel is similar to a manual transmission on a car. It allows more control as you use your thumbs to control the accuracy of the cast. This, however, makes it more difficult to use. They are also used more often with heavier artificial lures.
Method 2. Shopping for a Rod That Fits Your Needs
- Be careful of buying your rod online. Unless you have tried it out in the store first, it will be difficult to find the best fishing rod for you by shopping online. You will be unable to feel the rod in your hand or examine the quality if you have only viewed it online.
- Don't be afraid of asking for help. If you visit a quality sporting goods store, the salespeople will likely have experience with the products. They can help you find the perfect fit if you explain your needs and desired specifications.
- Spinning rods are also ideal for beginners, as they are easier to use than casting rods.
Method 3. Determining the Quality of Your Fishing Rod
- Hold the rod at eye level and look down the length of the rod from the tip to the butt to make sure the guides line up properly.