What is the Best Fishing Rod?
The time has come, I’ve been saving up, and now I’m ready to get that new fishing rod. So, I start looking at rods online and checking them in the store. Many times this process can leave a fisherman feeling further from confident buying 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 I want it to, at a price that I can afford? If you break this down even further you get 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.
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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 would 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.
So we have a range of needs to fill all in one rod, but at least we know what they are. Now lets 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.
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:
- Higher price usually means better guides, eyes, welds, wraps, material, handle, reel seat, etc.
- Higher price 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. Material can also play a part in both spring for casting/sensitivity and breaking point. Graphite rods can be hard to impossible to break, and can have huge rod 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,