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Make Sure You Know Your Rod

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When it comes to fishing there are many different types of rods that one must consider because there are many different types of fishing. Sure, it would be great to just go to the store, buy a pole, some lures, hooks, line, etc. but going out blind like that will most likely result in an unsuccessful fishing trip. This article will explain the different types of fishing rods and their uses.

The first type of rod is the deep sea fishing rod. These are generally thicker in diameter, are longer (up to 10 feet), have heavier tips, and eyes which are designed to handle thicker line and larger fish. These are rods that you would consider if you were renting a charter boat and heading out to the ocean. They will easily handle the bigger fisher which are generally much stronger than the fish you would find in a lake. The thickness of the rod keeps them from breaking when a large fish is hooked. You will also be able to cast a line out further, due to the length of the pole.

The next type of rod is the fly rod. These rods are longer, thinner, and more flexible, and are designed to cast a “fly” which is generally lighter than a standard fishing lure. In fly fishing, casting distance depends more on the skill of the fisherman with his rod than it does to the weight of the lure. If fly fishing is something that you are considering and you are new to it, I recommend plenty of practice for this is a challenging way to fish. You don’t even need to take your rod to the water to practice and practice is key. You can do dry runs in your backyard to get the flicking motion and timing down just right. The key, when it comes to fly fishing is to simulate an insect landing on the water ever so slightly so you can trick the fish into thinking it is a real bug.

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Spin casting rods are probably one of the most popular fishing rods out there. These are entry level rods that are designed to hold a spin casting reel, with the spindle located inside a protective covering, which is all mounted above the handle. This above-pole reel mounting and straight handle make spin casting rods much easier to use, in comparison to the spinning rod. In addition, all you have to do is push a button to create slack on the line and then cast it. These are great rods for beginners and children due to its simplicity.

The next most common fishing rod is the spinning rod. These rods range from 5 to 8.5 feet and are designed with both reel and line guides located on the underside of the pole. To cast the line, just hold the line with the index finger of your casting arm, flip over the guide and release. These are the types of rods that I use the most. I enjoy these because of its simplicity and ease to use. The only hard part for me when it comes to using these rods is tying off my line but I will save that part for a future blog.

Examples of rods in order of the article.

The final type of fishing rod is the surf rod. These rods range anywhere from 8 to 15 feet in length. This extreme length is to provide leverage to get your cast out beyond the breaking waves. Surf rods are designed to handle much larger reels which allow them to cast the farther and hold a larger diameter of line. This is very common here in San Diego. You can go to almost any beach and see these bad boys lined up along the shore lines.

Fishing is a very relaxing activity. The key to being able to relax is making sure that you have the correct equipment to enjoy it with. By following these tips and selecting the right gear, you now have every remaining weekend in the year reserved for just fishing…maybe. As always, be safe and have fun out there.

A.J. Fick

Born and raised in northeast Pennsylvania, I’ve lived in southern California, central Texas, and currently reside in western Idaho. I consider myself a western hunter at heart, enjoying being part of vast landscapes and the thrill of the stalk. One of my hunting mottos is “stretch the stalk, not the shot”. My motivations as an outdoorsman are rooted in the sustenance, independence, and challenging physical aspects. In fact, my largest driving factor for physical fitness is preparing for upcoming hunts and ensuring I’m well-prepared to climb mountains and cover ground with a heavy pack. I also recognize and respect the importance of conservation efforts for our wild animals and wild places and the close connection to hunting and fishing. If we want future generations to experience the wonder and adventure of the outdoors, and gain the countless benefits, we must continue to make wildlife conservation today’s priority to ensure continued opportunity.

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