Fishing rods come in different shapes, colors, and sizes. As such, it’s not always easy to choose one especially when you’re given a variety with no reference details. That’s why we recommend being armed with a handful of tips and tidbits that you can use to make an informed decision.
In our view, a beginner’s guide to selecting a fishing rod should always be centered on the following key factors. Get them right and you’re pretty much halfway through the journey of getting good value for your money.
Rods come in different kinds of materials. Normally, there’s a thin line between the strength of the material and the level of sensitivity.
Most first-time buyers think that it’s best to buy the toughest material available. But that’s not really the case. If the material is too tough and stiff, it might not have the effectiveness required of a good rod.
Likewise, the material shouldn’t be too delicate. That’s because in some cases, you might end up capturing an extremely large fish which might break your lovely rod into pieces.
If you have bot the cash to spare, we’d suggest going for a fiberglass + graphite combo. Fiberglass is quite strong and assures you of a good experience no matter the type of fish you’re targeting.
Above all, graphite is quite sensitive ensuring that you can detect vibrations with ease.
Number of Pieces
This is yet another popular area of debate that most people face. Are more pieces better than a single-piece? The answer to that question boils down to your style of fishing.
A single-piece rod might be quite good especially if you’re planning to venture into saltwater fishing. Since it’s made of a single piece, you don’t have to worry about the tip snapping out of place when you’re fighting with an aggressive fish.
So, if build-quality is your craving, consider going for a single-piece rod. However, if you’re more into freshwater fishing or target small breeds of fish, a 2-piece rod might just work fine for you.
One advantage of this kind of rod is that it’s typically easy to pack up and carry around especially if you’re short of space. Another potential benefit is that such rods make it easy for you to change the tip meaning you sort of get a 2-in-1 rod.
These are the guides that hold your line and transmit vibrations. Poorly made lines would make it difficult for you to cast. Plus, they’d also make it difficult to detect faint fish bites.
So, you want to go for the best guides available. If you can afford it, go for aluminum oxide guides. They’re the gold-standard.
On a tight budget? Consider going for stainless steel guides with ceramic or zirconium inserts. Zirconium inserts are particularly good when you need to make long-range casts.
That said, some rods come with nothing but stainless steel guides. Just make sure that those are 1-piece guides to guarantee you of smoothness.
There you have it. Our detailed buyer’s guide for fishing rods. We hope that with it, you’ll be able to make an informed choice. All the best.
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