Types of Fishing Rods

Sergio Smirnoff

Hello, my name is Sergio Smirnof, and my goal with FishReeler is to provide a valuable resource for anglers of all levels, from beginners to experienced veterans. I hope that my passion for fishing and dedication to the sport shines through in the content I create and inspires others to get out on the water and catch some fish!

Types of Fishing Rods

All fishermen are different, and although we do what we love, our goals on the water and the fish we’re looking for can be very different. Because of this, you have to use different equipment that’s best suited for a particular situation. This also applies to fishing rods, which are designed and manufactured in completely different ways.

Types of Fishing Rods and Fishing Pole Buying Guide

If you have already decided on the fishing style that you like best, but are not sure which rod is best for this, we invite you to dive into our article and learn about the differences between different types of fishing rods and find the best for yourself!

Difference between Different Types of Fishing Rods

Okuma Longitude Surf Graphite Rods (Large, Black/Blue/Silver)OKUMABuy on Amazon
Fiblink Surf Spinning Fishing Rod 2-Piece Graphite Travel Fishing Rod (Length: 12')FiblinkBuy on Amazon
St. Croix Rods Mojo Ice Fishing RodSt. Croix RodsBuy on Amazon
13 FISHING - Tickle Stick - Ice Fishing Rod - Gen 2-27" UL (Ultra Light) - 1/64oz.-1/16oz. PC2 Blank with White Reel Seat - TS2-27UL13 FISHINGBuy on Amazon
Piscifun Fly Fishing Rod 4 Piece 9ft Graphite - IM7 Carbon Fiber Blank - Accurate Placement - Ingenious Design - Chromed Guide and Durable Rod Tube 5wtPiscifunBuy on Amazon
Wild Water Standard Fly Fishing Combo Starter Kit, 5 or 6 Weight 9 Foot Fly Rod, 4-Piece Graphite Rod with Cork Handle, Accessories, Die Cast Aluminum Reel, Carrying Case, Fly Box Case & Fishing FliesWild WaterBuy on Amazon
Entsport E Series - Camo Legend 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod 24 Ton Carbon Fiber Baitcasting Fishing Rod with 2 Tips - Medium and Medium Heavy Portable Baitcast Rod Bass Fishing Rod BaitcasterENTSPORTBuy on Amazon
Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Rod Portable Two Piece Casting Rod Durable Lightweight Sensitive Baitcast Rod Baitcaster (6'9" M)PiscifunBuy on Amazon
Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 7' - Medium - 2pcShakespeareBuy on Amazon
St. Croix TRS60MF Triumph Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feetSt. Croix RodsBuy on Amazon
Fiblink 1-Piece Conventional Boat Rod Saltwater Offshore Graphite Casting Fishing Rod(6-Feet, 30-50lb/50-80lb) (50-80-Pound)FiblinkBuy on Amazon
PENN Squall 30 Level Wind Fishing Rod and Trolling Reel Combo, 6.5 FeetPENNBuy on Amazon
PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Pole with Reel Combo Sea Saltwater Freshwater Kit Fishing Rod Kit…PLUSINNOBuy on Amazon
Sougayilang Fishing Rod Combos with Telescopic Fishing Pole Spinning Reels Fishing Carrier Bag for Travel Saltwater Freshwater Fishing-1.8M/5.91FTSougayilangBuy on Amazon
Ugly Stik® Bigwater Trolling ComboUgly StikBuy on Amazon
PENN Squall 30 Level Wind Fishing Rod and Trolling Reel Combo, 6.5 FeetPENNBuy on Amazon
PLUSINNO Kids Fishing Pole, Portable Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combo Kit - with Spincast Fishing Reel Tackle Box for Boys, Girls, YouthPLUSINNOBuy on Amazon
Play22 Fishing Pole For Kids - 32 Set Kids Fishing Rod Combos - Kids Fishing Poles Includes Fishing Tackle, Fishing Gear, Fishing Lures, Net, Carry On Bag, Fully Fishing Equipment - For Boys And GirlsPlay22Buy on Amazon
KastKing Speed Demon Pro Bass Fishing Rods, Cast-Bladed Jig-7ft 3in M Power-M FastKastKingBuy on Amazon
Zebco Rhino Tough Cross-Weave Glowtip Spinning Fishing Rod, 2-Piece with Heavy Duty Guides, 6-Foot 6-Inch Medium Power Fast Action, EVA Foam Handle RNGS662MB.PB2ZebcoBuy on Amazon
Sougayilang Fishing Rods Graphite Lightweight Ultra Light Trout Rods 2 Pieces Cork Handle Crappie Spinning Fishing Rod(6'0'')SougayilangBuy on Amazon
okuma Celilo Graphite Lightweight Ultra Light Trout Rods, CE-S-662UL-1OKUMABuy on Amazon
Fiblink 1-Piece & 2-Piece Saltwater Offshore Trolling Rod Conventional Boat Rod Carbon Fishing Pole(30-50lb/50-80lb/80-120lb) (80-120-Pound)FiblinkBuy on Amazon
Berkley Big Game Casting , 6'6"BerkleyBuy on Amazon
St. Croix Rods Mojo Bass Casting Rod Titanium, 7'1"St. Croix RodsBuy on Amazon
Entsport E Series - Camo Legend 2-Piece 7-Feet Casting Rod 24 Ton Carbon Fiber Baitcasting Fishing Rod with 2 Tips - Medium and Medium Heavy Portable Baitcast Rod Bass Fishing Rod BaitcasterENTSPORTBuy on Amazon
Okuma Celilo Graphite Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rods, CE-S-962MLa, Green, 9-Feet 6-Inch, Medium LightOKUMABuy on Amazon
BERRYPRO Salmon & Steelhead Spinning Rod IM8 Carbon Walleye Fishing Rod (8'6''/9'/9'6''/10'/10'6'') (10'6'')BERRYPROBuy on Amazon
Berkley Lightning Rod Trout Rod, 8' Ultra Light- 2pcs, 8 feetBerkleyBuy on Amazon
okuma Celilo Graphite Lightweight Ultra Light Trout Rods, CE-S-862ULa, Black, 8-Feet 6-Inch, Ultra LightOKUMABuy on Amazon
Daiwa Maddragon MD2234 12' Carp RodDaiwaBuy on Amazon
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 6ft 6in - Medium Heavy - Fast - Two Pieces One Tip RodKastKingBuy on Amazon
Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Fishing Rod and Reel Combo, 7 Feet, Medium Heavy Power, BlackAbu GarciaBuy on Amazon
LurEra Catfish Casting Rod 2 Pieces Portable 7’ Heavy Catfishing RodLurEraBuy on Amazon
Lew's Fishing Mr Crappie Slab Daddy 2 Pc Rods, fiberglass SD9L-2 RodsLew'sBuy on Amazon
Eagle Claw Featherlight Spinning Rod 2 PC 6' UL GlassEagle ClawBuy on Amazon

In this article, I will tell you about all types of fishing rods, give each a brief description and offer the most top models that are presented in online stores.

Surf Fishing Rods

Surfing rods are named after a type of fishing aimed at reaching the point where waves that approach the shore begin to break. Surf fishing uses unique tools and lures, but the most important and first of them, of course, is the rod, because the load will be directed at it. Generally, the length of the surf rods is between 3.90 and 4.50 m. In rare cases, rods longer than 4.50 m are used for surf fishing, but these are mostly rods that are used for fishing, known as heavy casting, and designed for fishing near the coast and deep reefs.

1# Okuma Longitude Surf Graphite Fishing Rod

Okuma Surf Fishing Rod

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Okuma Graphite Rod is best suited for surf fishing and is one of the best rods in the area. This model is available in sizes from 9 to 12 feet and consists of a composite blank and stainless steel rings. If you are going to throw the bait far enough and take the largest species of fish, then this rod will do it well. The rod is very long but splits in two for easy storage and transportation. Comes with a standard cork handle that fits perfectly in the hand. Due to the length and material, Okuma is heavy, but it is quite well balanced. Overall, this rod is great for fishing on large and wide rivers and beaches. Okuma is very strong and can cut through even the most exhausting fish fights.

2# Fiblink Surf Spinning Fishing Rod 2-Piece

Fiblink Surf Spinning Fishing Rod

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If you like well-built but compact carbon rods, check out the Fiblink Spinning Surf Rod. I like that this rod has a solid construction and is sensitive even in rough waters. The rod is available in 10 and 12 ft lengths, depending on the casting distance you want. The guides are made from a combination of stainless steel and ceramic and are precisely aligned to prevent your line from tangling or wearing off. The non-slip rubber grip has a special tapered design to increase the strength of the entire rod structure. The only problem with this rod is its weight. It is quite heavy, so if you are going to fish all day it is better to consider purchasing a sand spike.

Ice Fishing Rods

Ice fishing requires special equipment because harsh weather conditions can quickly damage equipment that is not designed for freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. If you’re up to the challenge, you’ll need a good ice fishing rod and we’ve found the best options for you that can handle the challenge with ease.

3# St Croix Mojo Ice Fishing Carbon Rod

St Croix Mojo Ice Fishing Rod

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The St Croix line has an excellent selection of 12 ice fishing options that come in different lengths and capacities. These rods are versatile enough that you can use them for different fish: trout, walleye, pike, or lake trout. All rods are made of durable carbon fiber with durable and responsive inserts. Besides, there are stainless steel guides, comfortable reel seats, and St Croix gives you a one-year warranty. I also love these split grip balsa handles – they are really comfortable!

4# 13 Fishing Tickle Stick Ice Fishing Rod

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Although 13 fishing is not a very popular brand, it must be admitted that they make quite high-quality rods. There are a total of 13 ice fishing rods available in the line with cork handles for excellent grip even in cold weather. The rod is made of composite fiber, with the line fibers in the rod forming a flat tip, which is very comfortable and gives more performance and power. Besides, this tip increases the angler’s ability to detect fish bites and prevents line tangling. Guides are made of thin wire, which allows them to collect almost no ice on themselves. Overall, this is an excellent ice fishing rod that is fully engineered for tough ice conditions.

Fly Fishing Rods

Fly fishing rods are a type of rod that has been specially designed for use with fly reels. This type of fishing is traditionally different from all other types. It is very often compared to hunting, which requires stealth, patience, the ability to wait, and a whole set of related skills. Fly rods can be used not only for fishing trout in mountain lakes. Depending on the combination of rod and reel, you can choose a configuration with which you can fish anything from perch and trout to pike and barra. We’ve got some great rods for you to take your fly fishing to the next level.

5# Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Rod Graphite 4-Piece

Piscifun Sword Fly Fishing Rod

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The Piscifun range is available in weights 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9. So this line of rods is capable of catering to a wide variety of fish. You can easily find the size and length for yourself and your style. The rods are made of IM7 graphite, which has very good strength and medium flexibility. The design and balance of the rod give it excellent elasticity, sensitivity, and precision. This helps a lot when making long casts. Also, for-long range casts, the manufacturer has equipped this line of rods with chrome guides with perfect alignment. This makes these rods easier to use for beginners.

6# Wild Water Fishing 9-Ft Complete Fly Fishing Set

Wild Water Fly Fishing Set

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This Wild Water kit contains all the ingredients a fly angler needs to get started. It includes a reel, lures, fishing line, accessories, cover, and of course a rod. The rod is made of high-modulus IM8 graphite, has a slow action, a reel seat with double locking rings, a cork handle with a comfortable grip, and stainless steel guides. The rod is great for fishing medium to large fish. And when combined with a premium reel and line, this will make your fishing as efficient as possible.

Baitcasting Rods

Baitcasting rods are very similar to spinning rods and are an excellent alternative for them, but are recommended for more experienced anglers. Because to use them and cast them correctly, you need experience and good handling of the rod. Without the proper skills, you will always have tangles and bird nests in the line and reel. But if you can master this type of rod, you will have no equal in casting.

7# Entsport E Series Camo Legend 2-Piece Baitcasting Fishing Rod

Entsport Baitcasting Fishing Rod

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A unique feature of this baitcasting rod is that you can buy a configuration with 2 different tips. It’s like two rods in 1, but for the same price. The rod is quite versatile, combining good strength and sensitivity characteristics. Besides, a very nice reel seat and grips are installed here, you will never feel the strain on your hands during use.

8# Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Portable Fishing Rod

Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Fishing Rod

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Another great rod from Piscifun, but in the baitcasting rod category. Lightweight and sensitive, this rod is made of durable IM6 graphite. Although I think that the best graphite is the IM7 version, this model also performs quite well. This rod offers exceptional sensitivity and lightness in the hand, whatever the configuration you choose. Perfectly aligned 8+1 guides ensure consistent and smooth power transfer throughout the entire cast. The weight, action, power, and even the length of the rod are specially designed and constructed to ensure you get the most out of your time on the water.

Spinning Rods

Spinning rods are an easier version of baitcasting rods and at the same time the most popular. Many anglers start with spinning rods, but choosing a good spinning rod when there are thousands of models on the market can be difficult. Therefore, we have selected a couple of the best models with powerful qualities for you.

9# Ugly Stick Elite Spinning Fishing Rod

Ugly Stick Spinning Fishing Rod

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Ugly Stick Elite is the rod in which the company has invested the best years of fishing rod manufacturing experience. This rod is distinguished by its lightness, range, and ease of use. I think this model is definitely worth every cent. And not only because it is from the world’s leading manufacturer, but because every component in this rod is hand-picked so that you can show all your skills with this rod. It has many advantages and is made of high-quality materials. The technology used in the rod is reliable, plus it is a well-thought-out item with many benefits.

10# St Croix Triumph Spinning Fishing Rod

St Croix Spinning Fishing Rod

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This rod is great for anglers looking for high performance without high costs. And this rod can offer you that. High strain rate graphite fiber, premium class cork handle, and Fuji reel seat are what St Croix has to offer. And I have to admit that these are very good features for the price. The rod performs well in any water and allows me to cast exactly where I was aiming. Even after many hours of fishing, my hands do not get tired, and the reel is held firmly on the reel seat. Overall, this is a great blank for the price.

Offshore Reels

Capturing large trophy fish requires powerful and sturdy gear because large fish can easily break your regular line or rod. Offshore rods are built for the needs of fishermen who hunt big and strong fish, they are much larger, stronger, and more resilient. We present to you some of the best offshore rods.

11# Fiblink Conventional Boat Offshore Fishing Rod 1-Piece

Fiblink Offshore Fishing Rod

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An excellent responsive and durable Fiblink rod. The blank of this rod is made from a composite of carbon and fiberglass, which provides you with incredible pulling power and strength. This rod has very smooth stainless steel and ceramic guides. This allows your line to pass through without sacrificing speed, so you can cast very far. The guides are very aligned with the bottom of the rod. The handles and grips of the stock provide comfort and a secure grip in all conditions. Durable EVA handles provide lightweight and all-day comfort.

12# Penn Squall LevelWind Rod Offshore 30 – 6’6″ Medium Heavy

Penn Offshore Fishing Rod

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Penn is well aware of what an offshore angler needs and has made the perfect combination for a trophy offshore fish that any angler will be happy with. Penn Squall Levelwind rod has excellent casting characteristics. The reel and rod allow you to reach the maximum casting distance and feel every fish bite. Even when fighting the toughest predators, you won’t feel heavy thanks to the good reel performance, strong rod material, and smooth guides.

Telescopic Rods

The great thing about telescopic rods is that they are very compact. With this type of rod, you don’t have to worry about running out of space in the car for your rod or that you will constantly cling this rod to sticking out trees and bushes. Telescopic rods are very small and can fit into a simple backpack or travel bag. And when unfolded, they show the same performance as solid rods.

13# Plusinno Rod & Reel Fishing Combo Telescopic Rod

Plusinno Fishing Telescopic Rod

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This is one of the most compact Plusinno rods and only takes a few inches in your bag when folded. Besides, the manufacturer offers you an excellent reel in combination with this rod. The carbon and fiberglass from which the rod is made have excellent strength and bendability. So the rod performs well at short and long distances. This rod is completely corrosion-resistant, so you can easily fish in the sea. A very versatile rod.

14# Sougayilang Fishing Rod Full Fishing Kit

Sougayilang Fishing Kit

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If you are looking for a complete set, including line, bag, and lures, then you better take a look at the Sougayilang set, which provides everything you need to start fishing right away. The rod is made of high-density carbon fiber with lightweight guide rings that have a very smooth surface to allow your line to fly far and accurately. The low coefficient of friction and quality materials make this rod very durable, and the low price allows even the most budget angler to have a telescopic rod.

Trolling Fishing Rods

Trolling rods are similar to offshore ones and are designed for special a fishing technique – trolling. This technique is usually practiced at sea when fishing from a boat. To be a good trolling fisherman, you need a strong and flexible rod that can withstand the onslaught of trophy fish. We just have a couple of them.

15# Ugly Stick Bigwater Trolling Rod & Reel Fishing Combo

Ugly Stick Trolling Fishing Rod

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Big Water is a combo that is specifically designed for trolling fishing. Both the reel and the rod in this combo were engineered precisely for this. The Ugly Stick used a combination of graphite and fiberglass here to create a tough but responsive rod. And they succeeded, because the rod shows itself perfectly on the water, while I can feel every fish bite even at great depths. The guides have two pieces and are made of stainless steel, the guides consist of two parts and are made of stainless steel, this will not allow you to miss the fish at the most inopportune moment.

16# Penn Squall Levelwind Trolling Rod 20 – 6′ Medium

Penn Trolling Fishing Rod

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Penn Squall is great not only for offshore but also for trolling fishing. This is a great combo that will allow you to pull even the most persistent trophies out of the water. The rod has excellent casting characteristics and flexibility, thanks to the soft and stylish handles it sits very comfortably in the hand. Even after hours of grueling fishing, your hands will feel great.

Kids Rods

One very important factor to consider when choosing a fishing rod for children is size. If the rod is too big for the child, he may lose interest in fishing. While the target type of fishing and conditions should still influence your choice, the first thing to consider is size.

17# Plusinno Kids Portable Fishing Pole Full Kit

Plusinno Kids Fishing Kit

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The Plusinno Set contains a great rod and all the necessary elements your child needs to start fishing. You don’t need to worry about buying a fishing line, baits, etc. Children will be delighted with such a purchase. The included rod is very comfortable and well made in size. Not too big, not too small, but strong and flexible enough for a child to pull good prey out of the water. Also, the manufacturer aligned the guide rings well and made a comfortable grip. Thanks to this, the hands do not get tired even when fishing for several hours.

18# Play 22 Fishing Pole For Kids Full Set

Play 22 Kids Fishing Set

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Another great fishing rod set for kids, even a net included. The rod can be compressed up to 14 inches making it very easy to carry. Besides, the combination of a reel and a rod is very well chosen, and with this unit, you can fish very good medium trout. The EVA grips are very soft and comfortable, and the guide rings allow even such a small and simple rod to cast a line quite far.

Jig Fishing Rods

Jigging fishing technique means holding a fairly versatile rod with a fast action that is essential for successful jigging. For good fishing, you need a rod that you can use to make sharp horizontal and vertical movements with ease for good casting and control. Also, such a rod should have a large margin of safety and resistance to saltwater. Here are a couple of the best jig rods:

19# Kast King Speed Demon Pro Tournament Series Jig Fishing Rod

Kast King Jig Fishing Rod

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KastKing is a fairly well-known company today, which is distinguished by cheap but high-quality fishing rods and reels. This rod is one of my favorites among all KastKing rods. It is very flexible and capable of making cool casts with a quick transfer of movement from my hands to the lure. Despite its flexibility and speed, it is quite durable and does not cause any problems when used for a long time. Enjoy hours of fishing with premium grips and a comfortable grip.

20# Zebco Rhino 2-Piece Tough Cross Spinning Jig Fishing Rod

Zebco Rhino Jig Fishing Rod

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Zebco makes good budget rods too, but I don’t like the material they use to make the rods. But in some points, they show more power and flexibility than KastKing. Overall, the rod proves to be a good workhorse. For such a low price, it has great features that can take your jig fishing to the next level.

Ultra-Light Fishing Rods

Ultralight fishing is the type that can bring you great pleasure and productivity if you can fish with ultralight rods. If you want to make a big catch and fill your container with fish, you need to reduce the size of your equipment, including fishing rods, to suit the finicky fish. Or you want to be able to cast virtually weightless lures, ultralight gear can be a great solution.

21# Sougayilang Graphite Fishing Rod Lightweight Trout Rod

Sougayilang Ultra-Light Fishing Rod

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A distinctive feature of this rod is the very sensitive graphite blank. This makes the rod very light and allows the angler to cast as far as his ability allows. Stainless steel guides and durable cork handles make your fishing very comfortable and further enhance rod performance.

22# Okuma Celilo Graphite Lightweight Ultra-Light Fishing Rod

Okuma Celilo Ultra-Light Fishing Rod

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Okuma Celilo is distinguished by its high-quality reel seat and grips. The performance and casting ability are pretty good too, and you will be comfortable with this rod on anywater. The manufacturer has invested quite a lot in materials and guides, so quality graphite and aluminum oxide guides will make your lure and line fly far and accurately.

Overhead Rods

Overhead rods are primarily used when fishing from a boat and are designed so that the reel is on top of the rod and the guides are close together. Overhead rods have been designed specifically for this and we have found a couple of good models for you.

23# Fiblink 1-Piece Saltwater Offshore Trolling Overhead Rod

Fiblink Trolling Overhead Rod

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Although the Fiblink Aquaman is made of pure fiberglass, it is reinforced with a composite material for improved performance and sensitivity. Thus, you achieve the perfect balance of strength and sensitivity. Stainless steel guides are protected by a smooth polished line. This not only protects against corrosion but also allows your line to pass through the rings without losing speed or getting abraded. On a boat, the rod performs quite well, the casts are accurate. Besides, the rod has comfortable grips and a reel seat.

24# Berkley Big Game Casting Fishing Overhead Rod

Berkley Big Game Fishing Overhead Rod

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The long rod length allows you to cast very far from the boat. It has excellent sensitivity even with very weak bites. High-quality guides make the line easier to move and protect it from premature wear or breakage and dynamic loads. The blank is made of medium modulus carbon fiber which gives it excellent rigidity and elasticity. This makes it easier to fight even a very large catch. Comfortable cork and EVA combo grip increases comfort and provides a secure grip.

Bass Fishing Rods

Bass rods are known for their ability to fish with graceful lures. Bass rods are better suited to work with lighter rods and lighter lures. The recommended bass rod size is 7 to 8 feet in length. A 7 ½-foot rod is a good choice because it is a little easier to lure with. We have selected rods for you with excellent dimensions and characteristics.

25# St Croix Mojo Bass Fishing Rod

St Croix Mojo Bass Fishing Rod

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The overall length of this rod is versatile for catching bass in rivers with medium currents, as well as for casting at various distances. The blank is made of SCIII graphite and has a variety of tunings of your choice for playing prey over short or long distances without the risk of breakage. Although the construction is one piece, it is easy to transport in a car and allows you to quickly prepare the rod for fishing. With this rod, you can tune the functionality of your rod for certain types of bass.

26# Entsport E-Series Camo Legend 2-Piece 7-Feet Bass Casting Rod

Entsport Bass Casting Rod

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This rod is well suited for fishing in fast-flowing waters where maximum strength and flexibility are required when playing bass and other strong fish. The bass rod is equipped with a high sensitivity tip for tuning to the conditions of use. Guiding technology has proven its effectiveness over the years, ensuring line friction is minimal, and no snagging leads to breakage. The blank is made from 24-ton carbon, does not bend too much, allowing you to control the line tension in rivers with strong currents. The heavy-duty reel seat is compatible with almost all modern reels and provides a secure fit without the risk of damaging the rod.

Salmon Fishing Rod

There are several types of salmon fish, but all of them are pleasant to catch. If you are new to salmon fishing or just want to find a good fishing rod for this, it is a good idea to find one that is specially designed for this species. Luckily, we’ve already found a couple of good models for you.

27# Okuma Celilo Graphite Salmon Fishing Rod

Okuma Celilo Salmon Fishing Rod

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The rod is optimized to work with different lures and for salmon weight, so it can be used for long and short-distance fishing. The one-piece construction locks all elements securely together, providing the correct flex and cushioning needed to comfortably catch medium fish. The cork handle provides the necessary grip to the surface of the skin or gloves, preventing slipping during sudden movements and active play. The special design of the rings minimizes friction and tension levels, preventing overloading, and tackle breakage. The manufacturer offers 6 different types, which differ in sensitivity and can be changed at any time.

28# Berrypro Salmon Steelhead Spinning Fishing Rod

Berrypro Salmon Spinning Fishing Rod

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A fairly stiff rod that has good casting. Base material – IM8 graphite, provides high reliability and long service life. Reinforced guides with inserts help increase casting distance and use braided line. The classic knee joint provides the rod with high strength and resistance to loads. The spaced cork grip fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, and the robust screw-type reel seat enhances comfort.

Trout Fishing Rod

Trout is one of the most popular fish in the States and is found almost everywhere. But historically it is a very cunning, intelligent, and shy fish. If you want to have a good trout catch, then your rod must be strong and fast enough.

29# Berkley Lightning Rod Trout Fishing Rod

Berkley Trout Fishing Rod

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An ultra-light rod with an optimal balance between rigidity and blank flexibility. The knee joint design provides a strong and secure connection. Large reinforced guides with classic spacing and double-leg attachment feature high-quality inserts that reduce friction and prevent line breakage. The model has a reliable reel seat. The carbon rod provides high reliability, sufficient rigidity, and resistance to high bending loads.

30# Okuma Celilo Lightweight Graphite Trout Fishing Rod

Okuma Celilo Trout Fishing Rod

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This ultra-lightweight trout rod stands out for its high-performance characteristics and the ability to optimize for increasing loads when fishing large fish. The length of the rod orientates it for long casts with high accuracy, allowing you to increase the likelihood of a catch. The aluminum oxide guides have the highest resistance to deformation under load and guarantee the correct bending of the rod. The anti-slip cork handle offers an optimal balance of softness and resilience for a secure grip even in rainy weather. This professional rod can be used in places with difficult bottom contours and strong currents.

Carp Fishing Rods

When I first started fishing for carp, I never thought about the need for a quality carp rod. And when I caught my first carp, I quickly realized that my 7-foot rod and reel was not up to the task. The best carp rod for beginners is a 12 ft. rod with a 2.5 lb. test curve and medium to medium-fast action. We have found such rods for you from the best manufacturers.

31# Daiwa Maddragon 12’ Carp Carbon Fishing Rod

Daiwa Maddragon Carp Fishing Rod

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The average action of the rod is optimal for fishing with various lures – jigs, spinners, wobblers, and also provides a good casting distance, which is important when fishing from the shore in difficult waters. The maximum test can be as high as 2.5 pounds, which is enough for a variety of lures to be used to increase the catch efficiency. The sections are made of composite material and have good elasticity, preventing bending and breakage under load. The reel seat eliminates the possibility of damage to the blank or reel mechanics during operation.

32# Kastking Perigee II Carp Fishing Rod With Fuji Reel Seat

Kastking Carp Fishing Rod

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A two-piece rod designed for deep-sea bottom fishing of large carp at a great distance from the coast. The elongated design and medium action of the rod ensure accurate casting over long distances. The handle is covered with an anti-slip EVA coating, which is also elastic and resilient, allowing your fingers to dig firmly into the surface to prevent slipping and effectively dampen vibration/jerks. The rings are double-supported and able to withstand any line tension, and the additional O-Ring inserts evenly distribute the load and contribute to a correct cast. The docking of the sections provides the best connection, making the structure one piece without losing performance.

Catfish Fishing Rods

Catfish are one of the most affordable fish to fish in the United States and are fun to catch, but you need special gear. And while catfish can be caught with almost any rod with good skill, larger fish require a really good rod. For medium to large cats, you will need a ton of catfish rods that can withstand the blows of these powerful fish.

33# Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Fishing Rod & Reel Combo

Abu Garcia Catfish Fishing Rod

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The rod is made of a durable composite material with graphite or fiberglass accents on different sections. This design of the model made it possible to significantly reduce the cost of the product and maintain high reliability. The rod has lightweight rings and one ring on the top section. This makes it easier to unwind/rewind the line and prevents tangles and snag. The rod is equipped with a fast-acting reel seat, which makes it easy to use. The anti-slip grip provides a secure grip and comfortable rod hold for extended periods.

34# LurEra Catfish Casting Fishing Rod 2-Piece

LurEra Catfish Casting Fishing Rod

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Lightweight catfish rod One of the most versatile for fishing on various types of ponds with different casting distances. The two-piece design provides the most convenient transportation. Sections of different thicknesses can be folded into one another and do not need a case. The rod is equipped with lightweight guide rings for the smoothest and smoothest line glide. The blank is made of 30-ton carbon, which guarantees the durability of the product and provides high bending strength. To increase the reliability and ease of use, a fast-acting reel seat is installed on the model.

Crappie Fishing Rods

Whether you’re hunting crappie in open water or tilting trees, fishing rod selection is critical to your success. And although you don’t necessarily need a special crappie rod, it’s worth remembering that for a really big catch, you need quality gear.

35# Lew’s Fishing Mr. Crappie Slab Daddy 2-Piece Rod

Lew’s Fishing Mr. Crappie Fishing Rod

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A well-built crappie rod. Perfect for fishing in various waters with different flow rates. Made of high-quality fiberglass with special fiber stacking technology. This provides high strength and flexibility, thus reducing the overall weight of the model. The careful fit of the joints increases the stability of the rod during fishing. Regardless of the number of knees, it can withstand heavy loads with minimal risk of breakage. The model is equipped with high-quality guides with aluminum oxide inserts, which significantly reduce thread wear and facilitate line movement. The fast-acting type holder provides reliable fixation of any type of fishing reel and eliminates backlash and unnecessary vibrations.

36# Eagle Claw Trailer W Tubing Crappie Fishing Rod

Eagle Claw Crappie Fishing Rod

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The blank and sections are made of fiberglass, which ensures minimal deformation when fishing for medium fish and accelerates crappie play. The ultra-light rod is ideal for most types of fishing in lakes or rivers, as well as accurate casting at medium and long distances. The quick-release reel seat does not require any additional tools and is perfect for reels with a small load capacity.

What to Consider When Choosing a Fishing Rod?

At first glance, an inexperienced angler may think that a fishing rod is a simple and primitive rod, which consists of guides, a reel seat, a hook ring and ends with a ring. In fact, this is true. But how to choose a fishing rod for each fisherman is always an important task, which depends on many factors:

  • A place. where to fish? It can be a sea, a river, a lake.
  • What season? Winter, summer, autumn, or spring?
  • What kind of fish to fish? Size and weight.
  • What kind of bait is used? Weight, shape, type: wobbler, jig, spoon, etc.
  • Your fishing methods, style, and technique of fishing.
  • Your experience and skills, knowledge of the fisherman, and personal preference.

I have many different rods and reels, the combination of them is individual each time before a new fishing trip. Today I continue to buy new rods to get the most out of my fishing experience.

What Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Fishing Rod?

Okay, you’ve decided on your target fish, where it lives, what lures you need to fish with, and you have a good idea of what fishing method to use. What to do next? Well, first of all, you need to look at your rod length, action, weight, and the materials it is made from.


The action of the rod affects how quickly and evenly the rod bends under load, and how quickly the rod tip returns to the bending position. The action of a fishing rod is influenced by its taper, length, and the material from which it is made. The action of the rod influences not only what type of fishing it is best for, but also how it will fish. Rods come in slow, medium, medium-fast, fast, and ultra-fast action. Depending on the type of fishing you are fishing, you will need one or another action.


Rod length plays a big role in your fishing and directly affects rod performance. The fish and the method you will use will help you choose the right length.

7-12 feet. These rods are considered long, slender, and lightweight and are generally suitable for smaller species. Long rods are very good at casting as the rod tip acts as a catapult and launches your lure many yards ahead. The lightweight rods have a slow to medium action for adjusting the throw and working with small fish species.

5-7 feet. Short rods. More suitable for heavy classes of fish, but not as good at casting as long rods. The added stiffness and weight allow these rods to be fast and ultra-fast, providing good power when dealing with heavy fish.

Intermediate rods are versatile as they strike a good balance between casting and power.

Tip: if you want to take a long fishing rod, then I advise you to buy it at your nearest fishing store. For short rods, you can use the online shop because shipping long rods is expensive.


Rod weight is measured by the maximum line weight that can be used on the rod. Usually indicated in pounds or kilograms. An 11 lb. rod assumes you will fish up to 11 lb. line, no more. The manufacturer can also mark the weight of the bait on the rod and indicate the maximum casting weight on this rod. These guidelines will help you match the reel and line with your rod.


Today rods are made from three main types of materials: carbon, fiberglass, and graphite. Premium rods are usually made from a composite material that combines several elements in one. Most often these are fiberglass and graphite.

Fiberglass is more durable but not as flexible or powerful as graphite. Conversely, graphite is very flexible and capable of casting the bait very far, but you need accuracy and skill when handling graphite. Handles and guides are made from other materials.

In the case of handles, this is most often EVA rubber or cork. Here you choose based on your personal preferences, whichever is more comfortable for you.

Guides are usually made of ceramic or some other smooth material; the smoother the guides, the farther your line will fly and the less friction will wear out.

Summing Up

In this article, we tried to give you an understanding of which rods are needed depending on the target type of fishing and fish. Now you can’t go wrong when choosing a rod because you know what you need and which rod will best suit your style. You can choose any rod from our list and you will not regret its quality, because we have provided you with only the best models. Now it’s time to choose the winners:

  • Kast King Speed Demon Pro Tournament Series Jig Fishing Rodvery cheap but high-quality rod with good performance and design.
  • St Croix Mojo Ice Fishing Carbon Rod – best quality.
  • Fiblink Surf Spinning Fishing Rod 2-Piece – great compact and inexpensive fishing rod.
  • Penn Squall LevelWind Rod & Reel Offshore Fishing Combo – great rod and reel combo for saltwater.
  • Ugly Stick Elite Spinning Fishing Rod – best comfortable fishing rod

Each fisherman will choose for himself exactly the fishing rod that he understands and that he likes. Experience comes only with practice, therefore, the more fishing, the more knowledge, and experience.

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Sergio Smirnoff
Sergio Smirnoff
Professional fisherman with 40+ years of experience.
Fishing and the ocean is a passion of my life. I am passionate about all kinds of sea fishing: fishing from the shore (spinning, float, baitcasting), from a boat, and spearfishing day and night.

I live in Tenerife (Canary Islands) for the last 10+ years and share my daily fishing experiences on my website. Many years of personal experience as a fisherman and the vast experience of my friends allow me to write professionally on any fishing topics (from choosing a flashlight and equipment to deep-sea fishing).

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Eamairosp DAS
Eamairosp DAS
11 months ago

Good review. All types are collected and each is given characteristics and explanations: what it is and what it is for. The collection is unique. For internet sales, when it is difficult to deliver long items like fishing rods, your list is impressive. Write more often and more! 

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Oiarent Q
Oiarent Q
11 months ago

One of the best rods I have ever used. Reliable rings and smooth line movement, comfortable and in the hand, no tangles on the end of the rod line. Super option! 

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Piscifun Torrent Baitcasting Portable Fishing Rod
Paptus Cordalis
Paptus Cordalis
3 months ago

I couldn’t agree more with the importance of rod length, power, and action when it comes to fishing. In my experience, the size of the rod you choose will greatly impact not only your ease of use but also the casting distance you can achieve.

Personally, I categorize my rods into three sizes: small, medium, and large. Small rods, which typically range from 4-6 feet, are perfect for trout and panfish or for fishing in streams while kayaking or hiking through wooded areas.

For more versatility, I tend to lean towards medium rods, which range from 6-8 feet and can be used to catch a variety of fish such as bass, trout, panfish, cats, musky, pike, pickerel, and more. When it comes to larger fish and bigger baits, heavier rods ranging from 8-10 feet are ideal for casting distance and handling heavy catches.

The power of the rod, or how much force it takes to make it bend, is just as important as its length. For example, slower action rods are perfect for casting small lures for trout or panfish, as they allow the rod to bend and absorb some of the power needed for casting, while also reducing the risk of ripping the hook out when setting it in softer mouths. On the other hand, larger, lower flexing rods are better for casting heavy baits and providing the sensitivity needed to feel the bite of bigger fish, such as catfish or musky.

For those fishing from a boat on a lake, I recommend a medium-fast action rod in the 6-7 foot range. This will give you a diverse range of options for catching different types of fish and will help you master the basics of angling. However, it’s important to note that rod length, power, and action ultimately come down to personal preference and the specific type of fishing you plan on doing.

Docelun Cracknall
Docelun Cracknall
3 months ago

Hey there, I’m not an expert on all the different fishing gear brands out there, but I do have a few recommendations for beginners. If you’re just getting back into fishing, I highly recommend starting with a spinning reel. They’re much easier to use than baitcasting reels and are more forgiving if you make mistakes.

As for rods, a 6’6″ Zebco should be a good starting point. Of course, the type of rod you choose will depend on what you’re fishing for. For me, I prefer using a braid line because it has no stretch and is very strong. This makes it great for catching bigger fish like bass and musky. However, braid can be visible and not the best for tying on lures, so I usually attach a 4-foot fluorocarbon leader for invisibility and ease of lure switching.

That being said, mono is also a great starting line and is commonly used. It’s versatile and easy to work with, with an 8-12 pound test line covering a variety of species. But again, the type of line you choose will depend on your fishing style and the types of lures you’re using.

Atalus Starright
Atalus Starright
3 months ago

As a complete novice to fishing, I’ve been reading up on the different types of rods and reels because I want to purchase my own set soon. However, I find myself confused about the different types of rods and reels and their purposes.

For instance, I’m not sure what sets fly fishing rods apart from “normal” fishing rods aside from the placement of the reel at the bottom. I’m curious as to why it’s placed there instead of in the middle, and whether or not I could fly fish with a spinning reel simply by using the heavy line.

I’ve also been wondering about the major differences between spinning and baitcasting reels. Why are baitcasting reels considered “harder but better?” And what exactly is a spin cast reel? I’ve heard that spinners are the best choice for beginners, but I don’t understand why.

I realize that each type of rod and reel is likely designed for different fishing scenarios, but I’m struggling to understand why I can’t just use one specific set-up for all types of fishing. For example, when and why would you choose to use a fly fishing technique over a normal casting with a spinner?

Another thing I’ve noticed is that all the reels I’ve seen are rated for yd/lb for mono. Does this mean I can’t use a braided line? Or can I use a braided line on any reel by converting the yd/lb rating for mono to braided? And if so, how do I do this conversion?

Lastly, I’m curious about the test pound rating online. Does an 8 lb test mean I can only catch fish up to 8 pounds? I’m planning on getting a spinner since it’s highly recommended for beginners, but I still want to understand the differences between the different types of rods and reels for academic purposes.

Deodar Greenstocks
Deodar Greenstocks
3 months ago

As an avid angler, I’ve learned that fishing can be a sport of endless debates on the details. From the type of lure to the knot variation, everything can be argued about. However, what’s important is having fun, respecting the fish, and spreading your love for the sport.
For those who are just starting, I recommend getting a decent mid-weight spinning set up with some basic lures and hitting the water. Spinning reels are affordable and easy to use, making them an ideal choice for beginners. As you gain more experience, you’ll start to understand what type of rod/reel is suitable for your fishing style, the species you’re targeting, and the lures you want to use.
If you’re unsure about what gear to purchase, I suggest visiting a local fishing shop and speaking to a knowledgeable angler. They’ll provide helpful advice online, reels, and anything else you need to know. Just remember, fishing is a fun and rewarding experience, so get out there and enjoy it!

Billiam Yewbones
Billiam Yewbones
3 months ago

I was also confused with all the different types of rods and reels available in the market. I ended up purchasing some used baitcasting rods and reels from my neighbor but found them difficult to use. Baitcasting reels require heavier lures and adjusting the line for each lure can be a hassle, resulting in tangled lines. Although they offer quick and accurate casts, I found myself spending more time untangling my lines.

I later realized that spinners are more user-friendly, allowing me to use lighter lures and adjust to them more easily. I invested in a Pflueger President spinning reel with at least 5 bearings and a braided 6 lb line, which has helped me catch various fish species like trout and bass.

For beginners, I would recommend purchasing a durable rod like the Ugly Stik, which costs less than $40 and has a length of 5 1/2 – 6 feet. To avoid making the same mistakes I did, it is advisable to seek advice from experienced fishermen at a local fishing shop.

Tuago Winterbrook
Tuago Winterbrook
3 months ago

I’ve learned that fly setups work differently from regular casting reels. Fly rods use the weight of the line and the torque from the rod to fling the fly, allowing for a more delicate presentation. The length of fly rods is meant to store lots of energy and release it in a moment. 

Fly fishing requires a fly line and a fly reel, as the fly line is engineered for distance. Spinning reels, on the other hand, are more beginner-friendly and simpler to use. They have three main mechanics: opening the pool guard, closing the pool guard, and reeling in.

Fly fishing is preferred when you want a delicate presentation or when you need to cast tiny lures that require weight when casting with other fishing styles. The yd/lb system is universal for all types of lines, whether it’s mono, fluoro, or braided. 

Mono is the most common due to its versatility and affordability, while fluoro is more resistant to scratches and is essentially invisible underwater, making it ideal for line-shy fish. The braided line has zero stretches and is consistent in setting hooks, making it easier to feel the tiniest of nibbles, but it’s more visible and is commonly used with baitcasting setups.

The test of a line determines the amount of stress it can undergo before breaking, but the rod also plays a role in making the tension weaker. It’s always best to use a line that’s above the expected weight to ensure you can handle any potential snags or unexpectedly large fish.

Overall, a spinning outfit would be the most efficient for beginners. I recommend getting a good spinning reel with at least five bearings and a braided six-pound line. For rods, Ugly Stik makes durable ones for less than $40, and a 5 1/2-6 foot rod is suitable for starters. I also recommend checking out Chris Myers on YouTube for tips and basic information on fishing. Good luck and welcome to the fishing community!

Rainier Hardfort
Rainier Hardfort
3 months ago

When it comes to fishing rods, there are a lot of terms and designations that can be overwhelming for beginners. But don’t worry, let’s break it down.

First off, there are different types of rods: spinning, baitcasting, and trolling. The spinning and baitcasting rods can be used for trolling, but it’s not recommended to use a trolling rod for spinning. So, for the sake of simplicity, let’s focus on spinning and baitcasting rods.

Spinning rods are pretty straightforward and easy to use. All you need to do is open the bail, wrap your finger around the line, cock the rod back, and release your finger to cast in the direction of your target.

On the other hand, baitcasting rods can be a bit more complicated. They require a heavier lure and need to be adjusted for each lure you use. This can be a pain if you’re not familiar with the process and can result in a tangled line. However, once you get the hang of it, baitcasting rods can give you more accurate and quicker casts.

There are also different designations for rods, such as ultra-light, light, medium, pitching, punching, trolling, and surfing. These designations are specific to certain types of fishing, so it’s important to do your research and choose the right rod for the type of fish you want to catch.

Remember, when it comes to fishing, practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to try out different rods and techniques until you find what works best for you. 

Marcellio Longplane
Marcellio Longplane
3 months ago

The article about how many rods you need for fishing is simply a general guideline and not a hard and fast rule. Based on my experience, having 3-5 rods will allow you to cover all the necessary techniques, and anything beyond that would be more geared toward specific types of fishing.

In particular, having a finesse spinning rod, a 7ft medium heavy rod, a 7’3-6 heavy rod, a 7ft medium rod, and a cranking rod will allow you to cover all the basics. While you may need to do some retying, you won’t be missing out on anything important.

If I had to choose only three of those, I would go for a spinning rod, a medium-heavy rod, and a cranking rod. However, it’s important to note that the lengths I prefer are based on my personal preferences and are not necessarily a requirement for successful fishing.

Kerelin Navalheath
Kerelin Navalheath
3 months ago

In my personal experience, a rod length of 7 to 7’6″ has provided me with the necessary casting leverage and has been helpful when using treble hook baits, as it allows for effective sweep sets. For these types of baits, I recommend using a medium power rod with a moderate tip, which allows for adequate pressure to be applied to the fish during the fight, as treble hooks can be unpredictably set. 

I once lost a 4-5lb fish while using a whopper flopper on an extra-heavy, extra-fast flipping rod just for fun on my way back to the dock. Since then, I have learned my lesson and I never throw treble hooks on fast or extra-fast heavy rods.

Tennox Hillsmitch
Tennox Hillsmitch
3 months ago

In my opinion, you don’t need a lot of rods for bass fishing. A 7′ or 7’3″ medium heavy rod is versatile and can handle a variety of techniques like frogging, worming, jigs, and heavier topwater baits. For crankbaits, I prefer a softer, more specialized rod like a composite or glass rod.

I haven’t personally fished with them, but the Daiwa Tatula rods have good reviews. Lately, I’ve been building my own rods and it’s been a lot of fun. Mudhole offers great kits that have all the components matched to the blank, so there’s no guesswork involved. They also have frequent sales, so you can put together a rod for under $100.

Odiel Hawkcross
Odiel Hawkcross
3 months ago

Choosing a fishing rod as a gift for someone else can be quite challenging. With so many different types, models, and styles available, it can be difficult to know what to get. It’s like trying to pick out a pair of shoes without knowing the size of the person’s foot, what type of shoe they like, or what they’ll be using them for.

Questions such as “Should I get a spinning rod, a baitcasting rod, or a trolling rod?” or “What length and power should I get?” can be daunting. To ensure that you get a gift that your recipient will truly enjoy, I would suggest getting a gift certificate to a fishing tackle shop or talking to someone at the store to help you make a purchase with the intention of making an exchange if needed. This way, your recipient can choose the fishing rod that suits them best and you can be sure they’ll love it.

Kolker Grassbrook
Kolker Grassbrook
3 months ago

I would recommend the Shakespeare Ugly Stik as a great starter rod and reel combo. While it may not have the same feel as more expensive equipment, it’s a sturdy and reliable option for beginners.

Another piece of gear that I find essential are weighted head hooks. A heavier weight can help with casting distance, while a lighter weight can limit your casting angles and be affected by the wind. If you’re fishing in a smaller stream, a smaller head might be a better choice to avoid snagging the other side.

Don’t forget to bring needle nose pliers for removing hooks and nail cutters for cutting lines. While some anglers prefer to use their teeth, it’s better to have the proper tools to handle fish safely and effectively.

Moon phases can also have some predictive power on when the fish will be biting. You can find this information in farmer’s almanacs dating back a century. Additionally, fish’s eyes adjust around sunrise and sunset, so there are typically about 45 minutes when they’ll stop biting altogether around the same time your eyes are adjusting.

When you feel a nibble or bite, it’s crucial to quickly set the hook with a quick snap of about 3 feet to put a good bend in the rod. This will prevent the fish from throwing the bait and getting away. However, make sure to use reasonable force and avoid burying the hook into the fish’s gut. Once the hook is set, reel in gradually while keeping tension on the line with the rod’s drag setting. If the line snaps, adjust your drag setting accordingly.

When the fish jumps, keep pressure on them and prepare to pull the fish hard as it exits the water. This is when the fish is most likely to throw the bait, so it’s important to keep force on them. With these tips and some practice, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful angler.