Reel Talk: Mastering the Art of Choosing the Perfect Fishing Rod
Maybe fishing is an occasional weekend outing, or it’s a way of life for you. Either way one of the most critical pieces of equipment in your arsenal is your fishing rod. And choosing the right fishing rod can make or break your adventure.
With so many choices available, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect rod. Which is why we at Reel N’ Deal Tackle have put together this guide to help inform you and maximise your success on the water.
Fishing Rod Basics
Fishing Rods come in so many shapes, sizes and materials. With each designed for specific types of fishing and fish species. To make an informed choice, you need to understand the key components of a fishing rod:
- Length – The length of a fishing rod plays a significant role in casting distance and control. To cast further you will need a longer rod. For better accuracy or close-quarters fishing, you will need a shorter rod.
- Power – Rod power refers to its ability to handle light or heavy loads. You can choose ultralight, light, medium-light, medium, medium-heavy and heavy. Choose the power based on the size and type of fish you are aiming to catch.
- Action – Rod action relates to how much the rod bends when pressure is on the tip. Fast action rods bend near the tip, while slow action rods bend throughout their length. Faster action rods are more sensitive, ideal for techniques requiring quick hooksets. While slower action rods are better for casting and fighting larger fish.
- Material – Fishing rods can be made from many different materials. These include fiberglass, graphite, carbon fiber, composite and even include nano technology. Each material has its advantages when it comes to sensitivity, strength and flexibility. For the lightest weight and best sensitivity you will need a Graphite or Nano rod. For best durability and toughness you should use a Fiberglass rod. For the best strength-to-weight ratio, Carbon Fiber rods are great. And for the best balance of strength, sensitivity and flexibility, go with a Composite rod.
- Pieces – Fishing rods come in one piece or many piece designs. One piece rods are more sensitive and durable but less portable, and two-piece and more vice versa.
Selecting the Right Rod
Having the basic components in hand, let’s explore the types of fishing rods:
- Spinning Rods - Spinning rods are the most versatile and beginner-friendly. You should find they go well with spinning reels and are excellent for casting lures or live bait. Spinning rods are great for novices due to their ease of use.
- Bait Casting Rods – Favoured by experienced anglers due to their accuracy and control. Bait casting reels also excel at casting heavier lures accurately.
- Fly Fishing Rods – The most unique in their design, they are best for casting lightweight lures. Fly fishing rods vary in length and action, and are versatile over many scenarios and species.
- Trolling Rods – Designed for boat fishing and used to drag lures behind a moving boat. Trolling Rods come in various lengths and actions. You will find they also suit different trolling techniques.
- Telescopic Rods – Highly portable and convenient for those with limited storage space. Travel Rods collapse into a compact form, making them easy to carry.
- Surf Rods – Surf rods are generally long and powerful. This makes them ideal for casting bait or lures from the shoreline into deeper waters. They are essential for surf casting.
Matching Rod Type to Your Fishing Style
You can’t choose the right fishing rod if you don’t match it with your fishing style and target species. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect rod based on your angling adventures:
- Freshwater vs. Saltwater – Consider where you’ll be fishing. Saltwater fishing requires corrosion-resistant materials. This is why freshwater rods are made from a wider variety of materials.
- Species – Different fish species have varying size and fighting capabilities. Research the specific fish you want to catch and choose a rod with the appropriate power and action.
- Techniques – Whether you are trolling, jigging or fly fishing, you need to select a rod designed for that method.
- Environment – Think about your fishing environment. Tight spaces with overhead branches or vegetation might require a shorter rod. In contrast, open-water fishing may require a longer rod for casting distance.
- Experience Level – Beginners are more likely to enjoy a versatile rod that is forgiving and easy to handle. Experienced anglers can instead choose a specialised rod that match your skills and preferences.
- Budget – One of the biggest differences between rods can be the pricing. And while high-end rods can offer superior performance, there are excellent options for every budget.
Testing and Handling
Once you’ve narrowed down your options based on your fishing style, it’s important to physically test and handle the rods you are considering. You can find Reel N Deal Tackle open seven day a week at Shop 2 / 4-6 Brighton Road, Glenelg East.
Come in and have a chat with Troy and the team, and pay attention to the following:
- Comfort – Ensure the rod feels comfortable in your hand given you will be holding it for extended periods.
- Weight – A lightweight rod can reduce fatigue during long fishing sessions. Balance the rod with a reel to see how it feels in action.
- Sensitivity – Gently tap the tip of the rod to see how sensitive it is. Sensitivity is crucial for feeling subtle bites from fish.
- Action and Flex – Flex the rod to see how it responds. Ensure it aligns with your intended fishing techniques.
- Reel Compatibility – Confirm that the reel you plan to use fits well with the rod and feels balanced.
Selecting the right fishing rod is a personal choice requiring careful consideration.
Consider your fishing style, target species, and environment.
The more informed your choices are, the better chance you have next fishing trip.
Remember to test and handle the rod you are interested in. Ensure it is comfortable for the long fishing days ahead.
And don't forget to come in and find your next favourite rod at Reel N' Deal Tackle.