Often, new fishers take the time to replace their line every time they get a new reel. That’s because they tend to keep line on their reel longer than they should. But it’s something that needs changing a little more frequently than you may realise.
The same goes for your fishing rod. If you’ve decided it’s time for a new fishing rod, here are a few things to consider when buying a new one.
1. The Weight Of The Rod
There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to picking the perfect rod. But things can get a little daunting. Once you know what you’re looking for, it gets much easier.
If you’re going for smaller fish, you’ll want an ultra-light rod. The smaller, lightweight rods are perfect for first time fishers, too, and youngsters who are just getting into fishing.
Lightweight rods are great for popular pan fish, while medium light and medium rods are perfect for trout, catfish, bass and walleye. If you’re after bigger fish, like pike and salmon, you’ll need a medium to heavy rod. For really big fish like tuna, opt for a heavy-duty rod.
If you’re a more experienced fisherman, you’ll probably want a good assortment of rods, like one of those Jig rods, in different weights. But a good starting point is a rod weight that matches the kind of fish you’re going after.
2. Length And Action
Length and action are closely related. Shorter rods are extremely light, so you’ll notice the entire pole bend when you catch a fish.
When it comes to picking out a new rod, look at both the weight and the line rating. Typically, shorter rods have lower line ratings which could limit the type of fish you could go after.
The action of a rod is the amount of bend when pressure is applied to the end. A good choice for first-timers is a multiple action rod as it will allow the action of the rod to alter depending on the size of the fish.
3. Rod Construction
Design and construction play important roles in your rod’s reliability and durability as well as ease of use. If your rod just isn’t serving you well out on the water, it’s time for a new one.
What’s more, sold piece fishing rods are harder to move around in wooded areas, and some fishermen have trouble fitting a long single piece rod in the back of their car.
If space is limited, choose a multi-piece or travel-ready rod, such as a telescopic rod that can transform into a full-size rod once you’re on the water.
4. The Material
A fishing rod is only as good as its construction, so material choice is paramount. Today’s rods are made from different types of materials, each with their own pros and cons.
For example, bamboo rods are popular with new and veteran fishers alike. They come in a huge variety of sizes and weights and can vary considerably in construction and quality, which is why it’s important to shop around. Good bamboo rods are durable and reliable.
Fiberglass rods are also a popular choice, but they’re more geared towards first timers. These rods are usually medium or lightweight and lack the strength needed to tackle and reel in larger fish.
Overall, if your rod just isn’t doing the trick anymore, it’s time for a new one!