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Fishing rod 101- A complete guide for your next best fishing rod

Fishing is an escape back to our natural roots and a way to trigger our ancestral instincts. It is also considered one of the best ways to relieve stress and get away from daily life anxiety. But the feelings of freedom and stress-free environment can get upside down of you don’t land a sizable catch.

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The main purpose of fishing is catching fish. For that, you need to equip yourself with proper tools like the best fishing rod and reel combo, lure, line, line cutters, fish-holding bucket, etc. But all things aside, it’s the fish finder that gets most of our attention. And rightly so, without the best fishing rod combo, you won’t have much fun on a fishing trip.

How to choose a fishing rod

First of all, you’ll have to understand what type of rod you’ll need. This will solely depend on your fishing style. You will find a fishing rod for specific species and also multi-purpose rod for all kinds of fish. Let’s find out what’s your preference.

  • Will, you cast from ashore or piers?
  • Or will you be casting from a boat or kayak?
  • Maybe you wanna do some beach fishing, or is it from the rocks?
  • Are you maybe looking to bash through water bushes and weed beds to your favorite fishing spot in the lake or river?
  • Saltwater or freshwater? Or a bit of both?
  • Maybe you wanna fish in your vacation

Veteran anglers will know what type of fishing rod they need. But newcomers might get confused and invest in the wrong type of finding the rod. To prevent that from happening, we’re having a brief discussion on different types of the fishing rod below.

Spincast rod: Spincast rod is designed to attach a Spincast fishing reel. The visible difference between a Spincast rod and other rod is its reel sit positioning. Other visible differences include small eyelets and forefinger trigger at the grip.

If you have a baitcasting reel, then it’s possible to accommodate it in the spincast rod. But you probably won’t be able to use a heavy line. Because those eyelets and the rod power might not be compatible.

Spinning rod: The spinning rod is used to accommodate only spinning reel. You’ll find a variety of rod sizes, action, and power. The visible difference of a spinning rod is that the reel seat is located under the grip. So you handle the rod with your non-dominate hand and use the dominant hand to operate the best fishing reel.

Casting rod: The casting rod is the opposite of a spinning rod. When the casting rod is bent, the eyelets keep an upward position. These rods are excellent substitutions for a spinning rod. Experienced and skilled anglers always choose casting tackle set up over spinning or spin-cast. I don’t recommend baitcasting fishing reels for beginners. Because they might face tangled spool.

Telescopic rod: The telescopic rod is very versatile and portable. Excellent for those who want to fish on the go. You’ll get the taste of a single blank without needing a rod rack or holder in your car. Telescopic rod has updated its design over the past few years. But still, there are a couple of shortcomings. First, you won’t be able to catch big fish with a telescopic rod. Secondly, this type of rod is only compatible with the spinning reel only.

Surf rods: As the name implies, surf rods are suitable for those who want to do some surf fishing. The visible difference of a surf rod is its length. You will find a surf rod around 4-5 meters in length. These sorts of rods are extremely useful to cast from shore. You can even do beach casting with the surf rod.

Those who want to use big eggbeater or ‘Alvey’ style reels to look for a big bite, go for surf tackle set up. Because they are reliable to pull the added weight of your big catch. One big disadvantage of a surf rod is transportation. Without a proper rod rack in your car, you’ll be likely to break your surf rod.

Overhead rod: For those who want to use multiple rods with versatile lure choice from a boat, they should invest in an overhead rod. The reason it’s called “overhead” is because of its reel seat location overhead. The length of this rod is shorter yet more powerful than a casting rod.

If you want to get down to fight with deep-sea or game fish which has a bad temper, you should definitely go for this rod. The only downside with this rod is that you won’t be able to do much casting. But then again, why would you even cast when you can simply drop the line from a boat.

Fly rod: If you’re looking to fly fish, then grab a fly rod. This particular fishing style is different than other fishing style and it accommodates fly reel only. This sort of reel operates just like a hunting strategy. Fly casting requires patience, skill and stealth to mimic the bait as a prey.

Fly fishing is an adaptive style that doesn’t limit itself to only trout fishing in freshwater and mountain streams. Instead, it’s compatible with bass, bream, barra and many other species with different types of fly fishing rod and reel.

Things to look for in the best fishing rod

Handle: The reason I’m starting with the handle because without comfort, you won’t be able to fish for long. The traditional material for fishing rod handle is mostly cork based. This foamy grip is comfortable and keeps the production price at bay. But it sometimes greased up after prolonged use, especially in the summer.

For better comfort and anti-slip experience, there is a grip called EVA foam. It comes with a variety of sizes and offers excellent comfort and a non-slip grip. Even if your hand is wet, you’ll feel no compromise in the grip.

The length of the handle tells a lot about the rod itself. For instance, if the handle is longer than the rod is excellent for casting because you get to use both hands.

And shorter handle allows the angler to cast with a single hand and master the technique of “roll casting”. There is also split handle, favorites for the bass hunters. And rod with pistol grip handle is excellent for keeping the weight downwards and cast at a minimum range with lighter baits. Yes, folks, I’m talking about a Spincast rod here.

Reel seat: The reel seat is a spot where you can attach your reel and install it firm enough to avoid any wobbling. Reel seat component and quality of each fishing rod can vary. So I suggest you read the specs carefully before investing.

Rod length: Rod lengths can vary from 4-14 feet. Each rod’s length tells its distinctive ability towards a specific fishing style. Let’s say you’re looking to land some bass. In this affair, a rod with 6-8 feet in length is considered a standard size.

Like I said earlier, shorter rods cast short distance and longer rods can go the distance. If you’re baiting for resistant fish like Apache trout, go for shorter rods. Because it won’t break under tension and you’ll have good leverage with adequate maneuvering option. You can also troll for walleyes from kayak or boat with a short fishing rod.

On the other hand, you can cast the distance and use versatile baits like deep diving crankbaits, walking baits, diving crankbaits and other reaction bait for power fishing with longer rods. Those who are looking to use surf reel and cast a few lines into the saltwater from piers should invest on a longer rod.

Material: The material of a fishing rod could make or break its reputation. There are many three types of rod material available in the market.

  • Graphite
  • Fiberglass
  • Carbon fiber also is known as composite mix

Graphite: Graphite blank is a bit expensive than fiberglass. But with proper reasons. These rods are lightweight yet powerful enough to lift any heavy fish. Also, these types of rods tend to have faster action. Because the flex takes place at the tip and bent only one-third of the rod. You’ll find a graphite fishing rod to be very sensitive. You’ll feel even the slightest of vibration when a starfish or crawfish move around your hook.

Fiberglass: The fiberglass rod is very affordable. But you’ll give up the sensitivity of graphite blank in exchange for the price cut. Also, You’ll compromise on the rod’s muscle so lifting heavy fish like graphite blank is out of the question.

U like graphite fishing rod, it bends in a parabolic curve. Meaning the entire rod flexes and the bent is nearly reaching the handle. So if you’re a fan of a fiberglass fishing rod, then your option is limited between slow to medium action.

Carbon fiber: The carbon fiber rod is similar to the graphite but with different characteristics. It is more nearly 40% sensitive than both graphite and fiberglass rod. Most of the carbon fiber rod has interchangeable tips. So you’ll get to experience two rods for the price of one. Don’t mistake the increased sensitivity to its vulnerability. It’s exactly the opposite. It’s more strong, durable, versatile with a reasonable flex.

Rod power: Rod power means the amount of bend it can do. A powerful rod will bend easily. This is also known as the “taper weight”. Rod power determines the action and the type of bait you can present. So if you want to fish smaller species like trout and panfish, use light or ultralight power rod. But should you present reaction baits than moderate power is the way to go? Whereas heavy power rod is excellent for jigs, frogs and topwater presentation.

Rod action: Rod’s action indicates how far down the rod gets bent. A fast action rod will bend slightly down from the tip whereas a slow action rod will flex all the way close to the rod’s handle and reel seat. A faster action rod is ideal for bass fishing. Because it can withstand the fish resistant thanks for its stiffer backbone.

Tips: Use a single and stronger hooksets with light or ultralight action rod. Do the opposite with a slower action rod. Use standard hooksets and moving baits would be enough.



When you think of fishing, most of us don’t realize how much it requires to analyze the water, weather, different species, versatile baits, and live bait presentation, most importantly, choosing the right fishing rod. In this article, I covered the fishing rod types and what features you should look for. Castaway.

Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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