Types of Fishing Rods

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Fishing for youth is not just any activity to enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle but also something that has the magic to create fun and lasting memories. In the previous article we talked about the fundamental science that goes behind in the selection of fishing rods which were – 

  1. Length – Refers distance you wish to cast your lure to fish. Picking the Rod is all about casting and the length you choose is the answer to How far do we need to Cast?
  2. Power – It refers to the resistance which the rod puts on the user while being flexed. Based on power they are labelled in the range of – Light power to medium-heavy or heavy power which indicates the varying degree of resistance it can sustain. Power of the rod is assigned to suit the weight of the bait you want to cast.
  3. Action – It refers to the part that flexes (for e.g. Tip, Middle or the Base) or the degree of flex rod offers under strain. Fast or Slow action rods is nothing but the varying degree of swiftness with which it allows you to pull back when applying force.
  4. Material Composition – Refers to the material used in Construction – Graphite, Fibreglass or Carbon Fibre etc.

These concepts govern every type of fishing rods and getting these right plays integral role in landing a fishing rod which best suits you. But these are not the only once you have to consider when purchasing your first fishing rod. There are numerous types of fishing rods available in the market and in order to choose the best from them you need to be certain of a few other things than – Length, Action & Power of the Rod.

So today we bring you all the different types of Fishing rods there is and integrate in them the laws of Length, Action & Power to help you land the very best Fishing rod for you so that regardless of the species and location, you will always have the right rod in hand to enjoy a fun and memorable fishing experience.

RECOMMENDATION FOR LAZY ONE

BEST SELLER

St.Croix Trout Freshwater Spinning Rod

  • Length – 6.89 ft
  • Power & Action – Fast Action
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre
  • Type – Spinning Rod

Best value for Money

Piscifun Serpent Baitcasting Rod

  • Length – 5.91ft -7.87 ft.
  • Power & Action – Heavy -Medium Power
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre & Fibreglass Mix
  • Type – Baitcasting Rod

BEST overall

KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rods

  • Length – 6.6 – 8 ft
  • Power & Action – Fast Action with variety Power
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fiber & Graphite
  • Type – Telescopic Fishing Rod

Best Freshwater Spinning Rod

First on the list we have St. Croix spinning rod. Known to offer diverse performance to all anglers with rods suiting every application and technique. Comes in several size, power and action so there is no need to compromise. Designed specially for the devoted trout angler. Suitable for casts in lake, rivers or from shore. Blanks are made up of SCVI and SCII graphite which provides responsive touch and balance for species that require the utmost finesse. Consists of 2 handles and generates good power, titanium colored made up of blend material. Integrated Poly Curve Technology is also included to eliminate all transitional points in the rod blank. Comes with IPC feature which smoothens up the action and provides more strength and greater sensitivity. Reliable performance in both fresh and salty waters. Its more powerful than other rods and gives you the power and action required to land absolute monsters at any level of the water.

Best Seller

St.Croix Trout Freshwater Spinning Rod

  • Length – 6.89 ft
  • Power & Action – Fast Action
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre
  • Type – Spinning Rod

Pros

  • Premium grade cork handles which provides smooth user experience and is durable.
  • Rings and frames are made of stainless steel.
  • light weight rod with premium touch

Cons

  • At rare occasions it goes out of alignment both vertically and with each other.

USP/Punch Line: The company offers a generous 5 year warranty which is an excellent offer for the price.

Performance & Technical Issues

The rod provides its user an upper hand by using quality composite materials and manufacturing techniques. It provides with a smooth rod action which bends down near the tip. Offers Advanced Reinforcing Technology with an exotic carbon fiber material that adds a magnitude of strength without increasing the weight or diameter. It improves the hoop strength of the blank by preventing it from deforming or ovaling under a severe load. Sometimes, it goes out of alignment both vertically and with each other that can feel slightly uneasy for certain users.

Best Baitcasting Rod for the Money

Next product on the list is a Piscifun Serpent Baitcasting rod. Offers better grip feeling and has a better design when compared to other rods. Comes in with Fuji O ring which increases durability and smoother line casting performance. IM7 carbon blank reduces the weight by 10% and increases its strength by 50%. Has premium golf style grip which is very smooth and can be gripped easily in wet conditions also. Hooksets are comfortable in handling and they give an incredible casting result.

Best Seller

Piscifun Serpent Baitcasting Rod

  • Length – 5.91ft – 7.87 ft.
  • Power & Action – Heavy -Medium Power
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre & Fibreglass Mix
  • Type – Baitcasting Rod

Pros

  • Provides great smoothness, better performance, improved grip and higher strength.
  • Hooks are safe and tough which is convenient to unhook your baits while out from the water.
  • New technology and built in design sets it apart from other normal rods.

Cons

  • Rod is slightly delicate below the second guide which has a chance of getting snapped while loading the rod blank with hook set if not used carefully.

USP/Punch Line: Good quality rod with sleek reel seat which gives better grip feeling and performance.

Performance & Technical Issues

The rod works fine in salt and freshwaters, good performance makes it a quality product. The anti sleek design helps the anglers to have a firm grip and it works well in wet conditions. The fuji ring provides smoother line casting performance and increased amount of durability. There are some instances where the rod has a tendency to snap because of rough usage.

Best Surf Rod

 Next up is Okuma Rockway Light weighted carbon saltwater surf rods. This has a height of 5.5 inches and 4.75 inches long. Comes in a good black coloured with premium touch finished look.  A pretty balanced product offering tremendous light weight and sleek feature. The design and built quality is awesome. The rod loads well and flunks nicely with even movements.

Best Value for Money

Okuma Rockaway Surf Rods

  • Length – 5.9 – 10.8 ft
  • Power & Action – Medium-Fast action
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fiber
  • Type – Surf Fishing Rod

Pros

  • Has a sensitive tip yet strong and sturdy backbone.
  • Looks premium
  • Rod offers amazing balance and smooth performance

Cons

  • Need to maintain some caution when going above 2oz of bait.

USP/Punch Line: Company offers a good 1 year warranty and replacement scheme.

Performance & Technical Issues

Amazing performance and is useful in both freshwater and salty ones. Quite inexpensive when it comes to the quality balance it offers its user. Its sleek and flunks fine in water. Rod seems to not do well with lures more than 2 oz of weight.

Best Fly Fishing Rod

Next on the list is a product from Wild Water- A 9 foot, 4 piece combo rod with machined aluminium reel seat. Offers dual lock rings and laser etched butt cap. Cork handle designed in a western style with compressed cork accent rings, stainless steel stripper guide with rings made of silicon carbide rings. Foot guides comes in stainless single tip top each 28″long, rod weighs 4.4 ounces. A rod case comes along the package to offer angler convenience in carrying and casting. Its a 32cm hard tube case with reel pouch and side storage with zipper. Case can carry – rod, reel, fly box and all the accessories, has 4 section cloth rod bag with ties.

Best Seller

Wild Water Fly Fishing Rod

  • Length – 5.91 – 7.87 ft
  • Power & Action – Fast Action
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre & Fibreglass Mix
  • Type – Fly Fishing Rod

Pros

  • Comes with a waterproof fly box which is of good quality and is durable.
  • Has high quality cork handle made of stainless steel which is durable and silky smooth to grip.
  • The rod performs with slow action for better casting

Cons

  • The fly line experiences little friction when rolling out.

USP/Punch Line: Comes with 3 stainless steel striper guides with silicon carbide rings, which happens to be a good buy for anglers at the given rate.

Performance & Technical Issues

Metallic drag components offer more force than rods of plastic construction. Has a 85mm diameter spool with an adjustable disc drag which offers great ease when putting a fight. Reel can be easily changed from left hand to right hand retrieve. The fly line experiences minor friction in rolling out which could be solved by adding weight forward.

Best Telescopic Fishing Rod

Next we have a product from KastKing. A six piece telescopic rod that offers one piece performance, thanks to the Snug-Fit ferrules that provides full length power transition. Built with 24 ton Torrey Carbon Matrix technology, the rod is available in 14 different lengths and actions which is great for amazing performance and perfect balance suiting to different anglers needs. Besides the usual advantage of Collapsible rods that can be disassembled for easy travel, they save time by allowing the user to leave the reel on the rod. You can get to fishing ready simply by extending the rod to its working length by opening the bail with line via the guides and hook attached.

Best Seller

KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rods

  • Length – 6.6 – 8 ft
  • Power & Action – Fast Action with variety Power
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre & Graphite
  • Type – Telescopic Fishing Rod

Pros

  • Excellent Performance
  • Solid Reel seat which does not come loose at any point.
  • Although sensitive yet can take on 2-4lb steelhead with ease.

Cons

  • Need frequent re-adjustments with the line guides, get a little loose at times.

USP/Punch Line: The Soloscopic Peformance Technology offers a one piece performance in a six piece rod design, not to mention the multiple floating guides that help improve line performance.

Performance & Technical Issues

Amazing travel rod that comes with superior built quality, delivers great sensitivity and durability. The rod flexes and handles surf perch with ease like a normal two piece rod without producing any cracking or snapping sound. So solid reel seat that it can easily fit a Penn Battle II 3000 without any wobble or coming loose. It requires a little tending with the line guides, they need to be re-adjusted often as it starts rotating after some use.

Best Baitcasting Rods for the money

Next up is a Cadence fast action baitcasting rod. The product comes with a unique design and body texture. The tips are highly sensitive and its precision build, perfect fit in the hands with smooth grappling even if its wet. Its comfortable and lightweight, positive customer reviews suggest it is durable and long life. Amazing quality graphite blank, CR6B rods are constructed with 30 ton graphite blanks. Ergonomic design makes it stand out and it gives you the comfort of holding and overcomes the hard-fighting fish. Its a 2 piece design and its easily makes into your car, making it easy to carry and use. Can be used in fresh and salt water.

Best Seller

Cadence CR6B Baitcasting Rods

  • Length – 5.91 ft – 10.91 ft
  • Power & Action – Medium to Heavy Power
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre
  • Type – Baitcasting Rod

Pros

  • 30 ton carbon made material make it sustainable for long time and its smoother.
  • Premium EVA handles with economic design which ensures firm grip to the angler.
  • Has an ability to cast long distance and offers 8 different lengths and actions

Cons

  • For some anglers the handle may seem a bit short to hold against their forearms.

USP/Punch Line: A 30 Ton carbon exposed blank seat comes with a sleeky design and a smooth grip which comes with a generous 1 year warranty and replacement option.

Performance & Technical Issues

Offers Great power and has premium EVA handles for better grip. The tip is slightly sensitive and must be used carefully to prevent snapping. Its durable and made of stainless steel, minimizes friction and enhances sensitivity by transferring vibrations from the line through the guide to the rod and to your hand.

Best Fly Fishing Rod

Next up on the list is a product from Orvis. Another fly rod on the list, Orvis offers a fly road, fly reel, cordura rod and many more. Manufactured and shipped with utmost care its the ideal choice to an angler for an all purpose setup for trout and smallmouth bass. It ensures high quality by not compromising on the premium materials that go into its making. These rods are easy to cast and have a progressive-medium cast action which is best suitable for an angler. It can be used in both fresh and salty waters.

Best Seller

Orvis Encounter Fly Rod

  • Length – 7 ft.
  • Power & Action – Medium Heavy
  • Frame Material – Graphite
  • Type – Fly Fishing Rod

Pros

  • It can cast long distance and its grip is smooth enough to place a great hold and carry.
  • Possess great power and easy retrieve function

Cons

  • More suited for beginners than experienced anglers.

USP/Punch Line: Great Rod – smooth grip and quality material brought at an affordable rate.

Performance & Technical Issues

Orvis can help you cast small distance very easily, its tip is very sensitive and many anglers prefer that kind of tip. The reel though is plastic it wouldn’t create any problem at this price point. Even though its an Orvis product, it does not come with the Orvis warranty. However, customer service is fine and replacement of the product is also available if required.

Best Spinning Rod for the money

Next up in the list is a Daiwa spinning rod. A perfect buy for both beginners and experienced bass fisherman who needs quality and value. Comes with a high volume fiber and less resin which gives the Tantula XT – lightweight, strength and sensitivity. It is designed in a way in which it could not get tangled or experience zero blank twist. Premium components enhance the product quality and at this price point it is a perfect buy for both beginners and experienced anglers. Rod comes in a single piece which is light weighted and easy to use and has a great performance

Best Seller

Daiwa TXT701MFS Spinning Rod

  • Length – 6 ft.
  • Power – Medium-Heavy
  • Action – Moderate-Fast
  • Frame Material – Fibreglass
  • Type – Spinning Rod

Pros

  • Made up of quality components and graphite build.
  • Strong single piece rod which suits anglers perfectly
  • Light sensitivity and strong rod which is available at an affordable rate.

Cons

  • Sometimes, the centered reel loosens which although could be fixed easily.

USP/Punch Line: A medium powered fast action Rod which comes with a smooth grip, sensitivity & a generous 5 year warrant.

Performance & Technical Issues

Daiwa rod works well and has a well balanced action and performance both in fresh and saltwater. Comes with great sensitivity and is designed in a tangled free manner. Except for the center reel which loosens up at rare occasions, there are no other issues found.

Best Telescopic Fishing Rod for Kids

Now that we have mentioned a list of best performing rods suited for beginners to professionals, it would be tremendously wrong to leave out a recommendation for the sweet little devils at your whom who enjoy fishing. So here comes the best telescopic rod set for kids from Oddspro. This is the perfect all in one set, designed to be simple and easy to use for those tiny hands which are just starting with or have some experience with fishing.  In a fine carry bag comes a collapsible fishing rod, fishing line and tackle box (which includes crankbaits, float bobbers, jig heads, soft lures, swivels and sinkers), all of which is very sufficient to give them a memorable fishing experience.

Best Seller

ODDSPRO Kids Portable Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

  • Length – 3.94 – 5.91 ft
  • Power & Action – Medium Action
  • Frame Material – Graphite
  • Type – Telescopic Fishing Rod

Pros

  • Sturdy enough for durable use yet lightweight for convenient carrying.
  • The entire kit is so compact the chance of your child losing it somewhere is minimal.
  • Perfectly suited for short casting distance.

Cons

  • Gets Tangled at times, respool it and it’ll be functioning fine again

USP/Punch Line: Every aspect of the rod such as its ultralight weight, length, compact size, stable epoxy guides for short casting distance – all of it is designed specifically to suit children.

Performance & Technical Issues

The soft EVA handle along with stable construction makes it convenient to hold and guides the line to allow for short casting distance. The reel is super smooth and comes with enough tackle to start fishing, the only issue found is that the reel isn’t interchangeable so it’ll do best for the ones who are right-handed. Also at times it gets tangled, respool it by taking the top off and it’ll be functioning fine again.

Best Fly Fishing Rod for the Money

Finally, to wrap it up we have a product from the TOPFORT. Its a 4 piece rod and reel combo with excellent built quality. An over sized tip ring which works fine and smooth gripping handle which is perfect for any angler. 9cm long wheel seat is adaptable to various fishing wheels. High graded cork handle, adjustable CNC aluminum reel seat and has a fine hook keeper. Hook keeper avoid fatigue and helps in casting with accuracy. Has a 1:1 gear ratio which is left and right hand switchable. The reel comes with pre-installed so all you have to do is, attach a fly on the end and assemble the 4 piece rod. It comes with a ready to fish package, a little cutter and forceps for removing hooks and a retractable holder.

Best Seller

TOPFORT Fly Fishing Rod

  • Length – 6.8 – 8.8 ft
  • Power & Action – Medium Heavy
  • Frame Material – Carbon Fibre
  • Type – Fly Fishing Rod

Pros

  • Corrosion resistant, advanced stainless steel material used.
  • Has a solid aluminum steel reel seat with twin locking rings.
  • Carbon fiber offers smooth loading performance along with easy and powerful retrieve function

Cons

  • The dial on the side can get loose at times but can be fixed.

USP/Punch Line: A complete package for new anglers – comes in a nice carrying box with flies, weights and floats.

Types of Fishing Rods

Generally, the factors that determine which type of fishing rod one should opt for are mostly – the species or the weight of the wish one wants to catch, surrounding or the location they are in, skill level etc. It is important to have clarity and understanding about the different types of rods there are, their uses & advantages, different situations and species each one are suited, so as to make a well informed decision when going for a purchase. So here is a detailed info about all the 8 Types of Fishing Rods one should know about –

  1. Spinning Rods – Spinning rods are those fishing rods which are designed to hold the spinning reels under the fishing rod with the rod guides facing downwards. This helps keeping the fishing line straight one it leaves the spool. They have no match when it comes to an equipment that can cast lighter lures to farther distances. They are equipped with larger guide systems which help reduce the drag when the line is released from the reel, this helps it flow freely with minimum to no resistance which is very much favorable for those who prefer using surface baits. Spinning rods come in a variety of length and action depending on the size and species of fish one wishes to catch. Ultralight or Fast Action ones are suitable for smaller species like panfish or trout whereas one can opt for medium or heavy action ones when hunting for bass.
  2. Casting Rods – Unlike the feature of spinning rod, the rod guides in the casting rods face upwards with a reel seat to place either a Spincast or Baitcast reel above. While putting a fight with a casting rod , the rod bends over with guides facing upwards while the force of the fish pushes the line down on the eyelets and the rod blank. This helps any big fish from breaking out the eyelets of the rod. There are two options to the user when they consider to go for a casting rod. They are –
    1. Baitcasting Rod – This has multiple small eyelets, some are also located near the reel.
    2. Spin Casting Rod – Although it too has multiple eyelets, there is one large eye in the proximity of the reel which reaps best result when used in conjunction with the reel.
  3. Surf Rod – These hold the title of the ‘longest ones ‘of the rod family. These can be as long as 4-5 meters and are extremely helpful in making distant casts breaking through waves where the fish are more likely to feed. They are usually used to trap big sized fish, their unique design helps to cope with the added weight whilst pulling the catch through the waves. Big eggbeater reels or Alvey style reels compliment surf rods well and together they provide a powerful combo to trap large size species. Due to its long length most surf rods also present the feature to break down into multiple pieces for easy carriage. A point to remember with surf rods is that its fast tip rod will provide the most casting distance and is best used when fishing lures in the surf. Medium-heavy rods present the most versatile option for most surf fishing anglers.
  4. Overhead Rods – They happen to be the classic boat fishing rods, engineered to work in perfect alignment with the overhead reels. Overhead rods although shorter than casting rods offer more power and deliverance than them. They are made to catch large species of fish like sportfish or deep-sea fish. With a good rod and reel combo casting happens to be very smooth since all you have to do is to drop your line and weight for the bite to come.
  5. Fly Fishing Rod – They are specifically designed for use with a fly reel when fly fishing. Fly fishing is very different to other traditional forms of fishing. It’s often compared to hunting, where stealth, patience and a whole bunch of skill is needed to cast a fly to mimic what the species is feeding on.
  6. Telescopic Fishing Rod – Telescopic Fishing rods are those which offer greater portability by allowing to fold themselves into smaller sections. Since their collapsed sizes are only between 18- 26 inches, they can fit almost anywhere like in a car trunk or under truck seats. So compact that you may pack them in and carry in as luggage or backpack, which offers a great opportunity to fish nearly anytime the mood strikes. Not to mention that it can be entirely customised as per your preference of reel and line weight.

Apart from these there are two more Rods that exist, but are not much in use as compared to their counterparts listed above, they are –

  1. Trolling Rod – They are designed to drag bait or lures behind moving boats. You can play a cat and mouse game with the fish as you lure it to the bait. This type of fishing rod is usually position at the anterior part of the bait and primarily used to catch large game fish.
  2. Ice – Fishing Rod – These rods are designed to fish through small holes in ice covered lakes. Since ice fishing consists of drilling a small hole in the ice, the rods are small. In fact, they are merely 25 to 37 inches in length. A short rod means fewer eyes and that is exactly what you get when invest in an ice fishing rod. A classic ice fishing rod does not have a reel. Rather, you will have to make use of two opposing hooks, which are mounted on the rod. This allows you to wind the line manually, with your hands.

Recommendations

So now that you have all the info about different types of rods there, it’s easy to make a decision about which one to purchase. Always understand that the rod selection has to be done looking upon the factors such as – the size and weight of the species you wish to catch, the type of fishing or the location/surrounding you are in (ice fishing, middle or edge of the lake etc.). This also helps you further to select other gears that go well for the occasion and depending upon your style and requirement – like reels, baits etc.

Its very essential that the rod you have and the reel you get have a balance between them so as to reduce fatigue when casting for long period. It also makes casting an easier experience making it more accurate. To get this concept right all you have to do is to look up at the range info on the rod provided by the manufacturer. For eg. A line weight mentioned of 6-12lb on the rod indicates that the rod can handle a weight upto 12 pounds or 5.5 Kilos, so when selecting a reel you’ll have to consider one that can comfortably handle a fishing line as the same strength of your rod. If the ratio is balanced it becomes extremely easy for your equipment to communicate the moment when the fish strikes the bait and also to put up a good fight.

The type of the rod can also help identify the size of the hunt its capable of, like spinning rods are preferable for small and medium size lures while baitcasters favour the heavier ones. Similarly with surf rods – heavier rods perform best with heavier line which help trap big species, whereas if you go for a lighter on the chance of fish breaking the line is more frequent. This is due to the fundamental design element of the reel that compliments them wherein the spool capacity it can accommodate decides the weight of the bait that goes in it and size of the fish it can catch. Less spool capacity means smaller reel which in turn produce lesser drag force which will help with smaller fish and vice versa.

So unless it’s a Terraria fishing rod or the Stardew valley fishing rods or fishing rod of Minecraft which comes with fishing rod enchantments that give you guaranteed results these are the fundamentals to consider before you settle on how to make a fishing rod purchase

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