The Right Rod for You!

It is very important when you decided to get that first rod, or if you?re a tournament pro buying your 100th rod, to buy the rod that best fits your preference and the type of fishing you will be doing. The rod is the backbone of your gear, and choosing the right one will increase your success on the water.  

The first thing you should do is really take into account how often you fish, and the area you will be fishing. If you are someone that just started fishing, it isn?t imperative to buy a very expensive rod. Buying an entry level rod will allow you to find the techniques you love, and depending on whether you use spinner or casting set up, buying an entry level rod will allow you to find which one you like the best and how to use it, before spending mega bucks. Those who fish on a regular basis, or are tournament pros will buy more expensive rods, and probably one piece, this is because they are more sensitive and durable for the most part. If you have trouble transporting one piece rods, you can buy multi-section rods. Advances in rod construction have made many high end multi-sectional rods nearly as good as one piece. 

 You should also decide which type of water you will be fishing, Salt or freshwater. Although there are some rods that will work for both, it is better to buy a rod suited for the specific type of fishing that your targeting. With the advancement of rod building, the industry has come out with rods that are designated for different applications. If you decide to use a rod outside of its intended application, take caution. The rod may not perform like it should, or even fail completely. So if you decide to use it, don`t muscle fish in, and play them like you would normally. The best thing, buy a rod that is suited for your target area.  

Thirdly, decide if you want a spinning or casting set up. This is usually determined by the fish you will be targeting. Most bass anglers enjoy using a casting rod for its precision, but some cannot resist a light weight spinning rod with light test. The fight is unreal, and it really challenges your abilities as an angler. In the end it all comes down to what you want, but always take into consideration line weight, line visibility, and sensitively, as they all play a major factor when choosing the right rod.  

Finally, you want to find a rod based on sensitivity, power and technique. Choosing your stick should match the way you enjoy to fish. If you like using lures, finding a rod that is comfortable casting all day is best. If you enjoy finesse fishing, a graphite rod may be your choice as they are usually faster, stiffer, and more sensitive. Most rods are made from graphite or fiberglass, or in some cases carbon fiber. With rod technology being re-evaluated and enhanced for current fishing demand, rods are becoming lighter and lighter, and stronger and stronger, giving the angler the advantage while on the water. Finding the right amounts of power, sensitivity and action is paramount to your decision in choosing a rod.  

So when you decide to go and buy your first rod, or add to your arsenal, take into account the following tips I have provided. You will buy the right rod, and you will land the big fish. A stick with the right sensitivity, power, action, and weight will help make you the angler your hoping to become.

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