Things to Know When Choosing your Fishing Rod

Choosing a fishing rod can be a bewildering topic.  Here are our hints for choosing your new fishing rod.

Float fishing rods:  Float rods can range between 11-14 ft.  Generally, the further out from the shore you plan to go, the longer the rod should be.  Other types of coarse rods can be used for float fishing.  For example, a lightweight carp rod could be used when float fishing for carp.  An 11ft rod is perfect for short range fishing, perhaps in a canal or pond.  12-13ft rods can be used on rivers and other places where you don’t need to cast out too far, like a lake or reservoir.  14ft rods (or longer) are used to give you more control in weedy or windy weather.  If you’re only planning to buy one rod, we say that a 12-13 ft rod would be sufficient for most conditions.

 

Action:  There are two main types of rod action; tip and through.  Tip action rods usually have a carbon tip spliced in – great for playing fish on small hooks and tight lines. Through action rods usaully have a hollow unspliced tip, ideal for larger more powerful fish. Although a soft through action rod can be used for all types of float fishing.