Fishing Rod Buying Tips
There are a lot of choices available when you decide to purchase a new fishing rod. Here are some tips to get you started
Freshwater or Saltwater?
This is the first question to answer. Most rods are made for one or the other. Saltwater fishing rods tend to be built a little stronger because you will typically be angling for larger fish and be throwing larger baits.
Fishing Rod Type
There are a number of rod types available. Choose one that best fits your goals and requirements:
- Spinning rods – Better for lighter-line applications and easier to use for beginners.
- Casting rods – Typical choice for baitcast and spincast reels.
- Fly rods – A distinct fising rod type for fly fishing.
- Specialty rods – Fishing rods designed for specific techniques like trolling, surf fishing, or other specialties.
Fishing Rod Construction
Fishing rods come in a range of styles, from basic to high-end models costing hundreds of dollars. Here are some considerations:
- Rod material – Graphite is extremely sensitive, but has a stiffer feel and can be costly. Fiberglass is cheaper, more flexible and forgiving, but lacks the “feel” for precision work. Some anglers prefer a composite graphite/glass rod that combines the qualities of both materials.
- Line Guides – Single-foot guides are lighter and more sensitive. Double-foot guides are stronger, and mostly used for larger fish, such as catfish, muskie, and saltwater predators.
- Reel seat – Some are “open” designs, allowing your hand to contact the rod blank for better feel—a feature to look for when sensitivity is a major factor.
- Handle – Some rods have split-grip handles, which make the rod lighter and easier to hold all day. Usually, handles are made of cork or EVA foam.
We carry a wide selection of rods from major brands like Shimano, Daiwa, St. Croix, Dobyns, Phenix, Berkley, G. Loomis, Penn, and many more.