Fishing Rods

Is the fishing rod that you just bought, not working for you, or are you planning on learning fishing skills and have no clue what to look for in selecting a fishing rod? Fishing isn’t just about purchasing any rod, combining with any lure and having fish striking at your bait. Your gear or tackle combination is essential.

You have to feel when the fish strike, you need to be able to reel in the catch, and one needs to sense where your lure is passing. All these and much more are critical to becoming an expert angler. Learn how to choose fishing rod below.

Terminologies used with Fishing Rods

Understanding the different vocabularies used with fishing rods is essential to helping you pick a rod that will work for you. Here is what you will need to look for:

Rod Action

You may have come across this term if you have had the chance of interacting with avid anglers when they describe the type of rod that they are using. Rod action refers to the extent to which the rod can bend when pressure is applied at its tip.

A heavy action rod, turns slightly, i.e. close to the tip of the rod whereas a light action rod will bend close to the butt of the rod. Some may refer to it as fast, medium or slow action, with a fast-action being similar in meaning to heavy-action.

Different rods are suitable for various fishing techniques and will have different rod action. For example, a rod suited for fly fishing that is fast action will bend with ease than a similar fishing rod meant for bass fishing.

Length and weight of the rod

How long your fishing rod is, will influence your casting distance and weight of bait that you can use efficiently. Its length is measured from the tip of the rod to its butt. If you choose a shorter rod (lengthwise), your casting distance will be limited to short distances, and you will only be able to use a light lure.

They will also give you better manipulation especially if you are into chasing after big fish. A long rod has an added advantage of enabling you cast long distances and using heavy lures. You will find that fly fishing rods are long.

As for the weight, it may be either, a statement of the weight of line to use, i.e. pound test, or, it could be an indicator of the heaviness of lure that you can carry, with that particular rod.

Material Used

Yes, just as the manufacturers of fishing rods are different, so is the material used to make various fishing rods. Fishing rods on the market are either made of fiberglass, graphite, or a combination of both. If you are looking for sensitivity, try out the graphite rods.

Graphite rods are sensitive, light, stiff and expensive. On the other hand, fiberglass fishing rods are heavier, flexible and harder to break as compared to the graphite one.

Types of Fishing Rods

​Ice Fishing Rod

​If you have ever been ice fishing before, you have realized that one does not need the long fishing rods that you typically use in open water. Most ice fishing rods are as long as about 40 inches. Longer rods are suitable for targeting big fish such as salmon or trout. However, they may not come in handy in small fish.

The medium length rods are around 24 to 36 inches and are suitable for chasing walleye. If you are going for even small-sized fish, then choose a fishing rod that is shorter than 24 inches. As for the rod action, the best rod action to go for depends on the size of the fish that you are targeting, for large fish, use slow rod action fishing rods.

Spinning Rod

​This type of fishing rod is suitable for beginners in angling, and even several avid anglers prefer them. As a first time buyer, what should you look for in one? An ideal spinning rod is one that is durable, has high quality and performs well.

The first thing to look at is what it has been made of, i.e. its composition as it has an impact on the overall flexibility of the rod. A rod made of fiberglass or a mix of both fiberglass and graphite will be more flexible than one simply made of graphite. Fiberglass Spinning rods are slightly thick, durable and rarely breaks.

​Musky Rod

Have you chased musky before? Well if you have then you are aware of their violence. You cannot reel them in quickly without them put up quite a fight. There are specific fishing rods made specifically for muskies.

Such fishing rods are thick, strong and sturdy to be able to withstand the fight by the musky. Look for a musky rod made of graphite and more so, superior graphite. Superior Graphite makes it durable and sturdy; all these attributes are suitable when fishing for muskies.A heavy rod is also necessary; most anglers prefer medium heavy rods that are around 7 to 9’.​

​Crappie Rod

When shopping for a crappie rod, you need to understand which features that are necessary for crappie fishing. The number one feature is the sensitivity of the fishing rod. If you are going deep fishing for crappie, then you need a rod that is highly sensitive.

There are various features of the fishing rod that affect its sensitivity, which include the material used to make the fishing rod, and its handle. You should go for a crappie rod that you feel comfortable gripping at it. It should not be very fragile.

A sensitive fishing rod has the edge of making you able to feel even those slight bites from crappie.​

​Crankbait Rod

Are crankbaits your go-to lures? How then do you select an ideal crankbait rod? Before we delve into the details of what to look for in a crankbait rod, you need to be able to spot a rod that is suited to using crank baits. Look at the tip of the fishing rod, and also they are fitted with big hooks.

The rod action is also important, if you are planning on making long casts, you should opt for a long fishing rod. Most fishing rods suitable for using crankbait are between 6 to 8 feet long. You should also consider fitting your rod with a reel that allows for a high line capacity to be able to brave the winds.​

​​Fly Fishing Rod

​In fly fishing, your efficiency in casting is vital. Your choice of fly line will have an effect on how far you will cast and also on the distance. Using a heavy fly line will enable you to cast longer distances.

The length of your fly fishing rod will determine the weight of the line that you can use and also how far you can cast. Short rods, on the other hand, are suitable when you are looking for quick and precise casting. When going for high flexibility, then a fly rod of slow action is the one for you.

​Inshore Spinning Rod​

Are you a novice angler and don’t know which fishing rod to start out using? You should consider purchasing an inshore spinning rod. It works great when fishing shallow waters. Depending on your preference, an ideal inshore spinning rod is of, medium action as it has an even distribution of weight.

Also, you should look at how easy it is to transport your fishing rod. For easy transportation, a two or three piece fishing rod will be ideal. For balance as you fish, the weight of the fishing rod matters. A lightweight fishing rod will ensure your balance.

​Frog Rod​

With so many varieties of bait casting rods available in the market, settling for a single fishing rod to buy can be tasking. You, therefore, need to arm yourself with adequate information on what to look for in a fishing rod. A fast action rod has high sensitivity and more stiffness.

For frog fishing, you need to invest in a fishing rod that is of high quality and easy to cast. That implies that you should opt for a fishing rod that has a proper adjustment if you don’t want to end up with a sore back after a fishing expedition. Remember to fit your fishing rod with a workhorse reel.​

JerkBait Rod​

If on a particular day you choose to use jerkbait as your lure, then you need to be able to combine it with an ideal fishing rod that will produce your intended presentation of the bait. You need to have a great fishing rod with high power, preferably of medium to medium heavy action.

The style of the fishing rod will also have an effect on where you fish. You need to ensure that your choice of fishing rod, is suitable for the area that you will be fishing. If you are chasing bass in the shallows, you should go for a fishing rod that belongs to the floating Model family.​

​Jig Rod​

For a jigging rod, the strength of the fishing rod is essential. You should opt for one made of sturdy material as you want your fishing rod to be able to catch fish even in moving streams. These fishing rods are usually heavy therefore they are not suitable for throwing lures.

In addition to the above attributes, they are also able to hold heavy lures. Jig rods are preferable when fishing deep in the water to depths of even up to 200 feet. You should also check to see that your choice of a fishing rod is suitable for the species of fish that you are targeting.​

​Surf Rod​

Do you want to cast long distance or fish a saltwater? Well, you need to invest in a surf rod. Since they are suitable for casting long distances, the flexibility of the rod is necessary. These rods are usually lightweight with a spinning reel fitted to it.

They are known for their ease of operation and may be ideal for novices and kids inclusive. A surf rod allows you to fish and cast from the shore of the waters that you are fishing. You can catch both big and small fish using it.

Similar to other fishing rods, the casting distance of a surf rod depends on its length. The longer the rod, the further you can cast.​

​Telescopic Fishing Rod​

There are days when you are not sure if you want to go fishing but still want to be prepared if you have a change of mind. On such days, you may consider carrying with you a telescopic fishing rod. They are lightweight and thus won’t weigh you down.

How do you select an ideal fishing rod? When looking for a telescopic fishing rod, choose one that has a balance between strength and its flexibility. If you are going for big fish, a short fishing rod gives you more power whereas if you want to cast long distances, then a longer rod will do.​

​​Drop Shot Rod

If you are a bass angler enthusiast, the chances are that you may have practiced or simply heard of the drop shot fishing technique. The method involves adding weight at the end of your fishing line some distance from where your hooks are.

Using this technique, you will only require using a medium action rod. You can always switch the distance between the weight and your hook. Find out what works for the bass on that particular day.

You can fish using the drop shot technique in any weather and get a considerable number of strikes.​

Flipping Rod​

Do you practice flipping as you chase bass? What is the suitable flipping rod, you may ask? The length of the rod to use will depend on your build and the size of fish that you are targeting. If you are targeting big fish and at the same time have a big build, a long rod will work for you.

You should also look into the flexibility of the tip of your fishing rod. A flexible tip makes the lure appear more natural during the presentation. Also, consider the rod’s grip. Most anglers opt for a rod with split grip as they are easy to handle without slipping.​

Tenkara Rod​

The fishing rod got its name from the Japanese. It is a technique practiced in Japan in fly fishing. It comes with a line and flies. It is a simple method that has a growing following even in other nations.

A short Tenkara rod will give you good precision. If you are starting out in fly fishing and would like to try out a Tenkara rod, go for one of 12 inches. They also have different power just like other fishing rods which vary from soft action to hard action.

Your choice of Tenkara rod will depend on your preference.​

​Rod And Reel Combo​

When you don’t want to buy the fishing rod and reel separately, then may try a rod and reel combo. In this case, you will need to consider the kind of fish you want to catch. Know how the rod performs and match it to the requirements for fishing that particular fish.

Understanding your target fish species will help you determine which features of the combo to look at, from its tensile properties, weight to comfort level. Settle for one that checks most of the boxes in your checklist.​

​Ultralight Spinning Rod

An ultralight spinning rod is suitable for both novices and expert anglers. If you prefer having casting precision in a confined area and would like to use long fishing lines, then this is the fishing rod to use. They are easy to use, flexible and light.

A very flexible fishing rod is less prone to breaking. Choose one that has high resistance to corroding. Check to see if, its guides composed of stainless steel. It is the material that is resistant to rusting.​

​Crankbait Rod​

Do you prefer crankbaits as your go-to lures? Your choice of an ideal crankbait rod should have the following properties. A crankbait rod has a lip at the tip, and also have big hooks that come in a set.

Look at the action as it is important, for making long casts, you should opt for a long fishing rod. Most fishing rods suitable for using a crankbait are between 6 to 8 feet long. You should also consider fitting your rod with a reel that allows for a high line capacity to be able to brave the winds.​


Understanding the different terminologies used to describe fishing rods goes a long way into helping you to pick out the ideal fishing rod for you. Remember, where you want to fish, the type of lure to use, reel that you will be using, etc. will help you to determine which rod will work best with them.​