For many decades the wooden fishing pole was used for catching fish. However, today we have more advanced options available in graphite, fiber glass, and carbon fiber. Rods and reels are valuable components of a fishing tackle and require careful consideration before making a purchase. Having the right kind of rod and reel ensures that you have a satisfying day on the water, because you will always need them, that is unless you go drag net fishing.
Selecting the perfect fishing gear depends on many factors such as the fishing technique, the type of fish that you want to catch, the fishing location, and ease of use. Let’s have a look at the various different types of fishing rods and reels.
There is no particular fishing rod that can be used to do everything. A fishing rod is meant for a specific purpose. That is why most people have more than one. Make sure to store them appropriately. Let us take a look at the different types of fishing rods available in the market.
Special Types of Rods
Types of Fishing Reels
As a recreational angler one should be knowledgeable about the different types of fishing reels as each reel is designed for a specific purpose. Let us take a look at the most common and widely used fishing reels and how each reel is suitable for a particular type of fishing experience.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
You need to consider the following factors when deciding which rod to buy:
- Type of fish you are catching: Shorter rods are good when you are fishing in a close combat. So, if you are a kayak angler or are trolling for a walleye then go for a shorter rod. On the other hand, longer rods are great at casting a long distance and are good for catching fish such as bass or trout.
- Material: Fishing rods are generally made up of graphite or fiber glass. Graphite rods are lighter but less durable. Fiber glass rods are heavier but provide more flexibility. Rods that are a combination of graphite and fiber glass are more durable and flexible.
- Power: Light power rods which bend easily are used more often for catching smaller fish such as panfish and trout. Moderate power rods are good if you are using jerk baits, spinner baits or any other reaction-based baits. Heavier power rods do not bend easily and work well with jigs.
- Action: The point where the rod bends is called action. For instance, a fast action rod will bend closer to its tip while a slow action rod will bend near the butt. Fast action rods are great for catching bigger fish and baits that have a single hook. On the other hand, slow action rods are used for catching smaller fish such as panfish and trout.
Deciding a suitable reel depends on the type of bait that you are going to cast and the ease of operation. Spinning reels work well with smaller lures and baitcasting reels are good for heavier baits.
If you are a beginner then you should go for spincast reels. However, if you are a seasoned angler then baitcasting, spinning and fly reels are a good option. Also, if you are fishing in salty water then you should use special saltwater reels that are resistant to corrosion.
Fishing rods are generally made up of graphite or fiber glass. Graphite rods are lighter to use and so provide a more comfortable fishing experience. However, graphite rods are less durable and break with constant use. Fiber glass rods are heavier but provide more flexibility and are frequently used by seasoned anglers. Rods that are a combination of graphite and fiber glass are more durable and flexible.
There are many great resources for further reading on the basics of fishing. For a start, I would recommend looking at A Basic Guide for the Beginning Angler from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Choosing the right one from all the different types of fishing rods and reels is crucial for a great fishing experience. Follow these simple tips to ensure that you reel in a great catch.