What is the Best Fishing Rod?
The time has come, you’ve been saving up, and now you’re ready to get that new fishing rod. So, you start looking at rods online and checking them in the store.
Many times this process can leave a fisherman feeling less confident than he was before he started. It raises that age-old question, what is the best fishing rod?
The real question is, what is the best fishing rod that will do what you want it to, at a price that you can afford? If you break this down even further, it separates into 2 questions.
How can I tell which rod will do what I need it to do?
Why such a price difference between rods?
Let’s take a look and tackle this question together. Our goal will be to find the best rod for our need at an affordable price. Best will refer to the value of the rod. Affordable is, of course, different for everyone. As for our need, I will use the saltwater model since I know it best. You can apply our findings to your style of fishing.
Calstar rods, such as their Grafighter series, are super high quality with a lifetime guarantee!
Let’s start with what we want the rod to do. In this case, we want a starter rod for deep sea fishing. We want a rod that-
- Will be able to handle rockfish, possibly up to 200 lbs. Most will be between 1 and 20 or so lbs.
- Will be able to handle tuna, yellowtail,
dorado, white sea bass, and other exotic species in the 10-100 lb class.
Notice the range of needs we have. A rockfish (actually black sea bass) up to 200lbs. Fast swimming tuna up to 100 lbs. But can also catch a 1-10 lb fish. Seeker makes an exceptional offshore rod, especially in their Super Seeker series.
So we have a range of needs to fill all in one rod, but at least we know what they are. Now let’s look at rod specifications to see if we can find one that fills these needs. Now we need to ask…
How Are Rods Classified?
Rods have many classifications but they can be broken down into two basic groups.
1. Power: The amount of weight it takes to get a full bend in the rod.
2. Action: What part of the rod the bend takes place in.
Each of these categories should be listed on the rod, and will be printed as follows:
For our purposes, we should choose a rod with medium to medium heavy power. Ideally, it would read 25-70 lb line as well. We could settle for 25-50 lb line as well.
Next, we look for:
A slow action rod will bend from the handle to the tip, while a medium action rod will start to bend in the middle, and fast action means the rod will bend only near the tip. For our purpose, a medium action rod will do fine. Phenix manufactures excellent rods in both their Black Diamond and Axis series.
We’re making good progress on finding our rod. We know exactly what to look for in the store, or online market. We start locating just some rods, but the prices are jumping around. These are our considerations:
- High price usually means better guides, eyes, welds, wraps, material, handle, reel seat, etc.
- Higher pricing should include a lifetime warranty. This should be a make it or break it point if deciding on quality gear.
- Quality rods will last longer. They won’t be as apt to break when you need them the most, on a big fish!
We would have wanted extra length if we were intending on using the rod to cast. The material can also play a part in recoil for casting/sensitivity and breaking point. Fiberglass rods can be hard to impossible to break and can support huge weight differences.
So long for now fellow anglers. I leave you, hopefully, better prepared to find that rod that fits YOU! As always please ask questions/offer feedback/leave comments. I’d like to hear from you. What is the best fishing rod? Wishing you well and until next time…..happy landings,