Fishing Rod Selection Guide

Competitiveness and patience are the keys to a successful fishing outing. But a good rod goes a long way, too. Learn about the components and materials for your fishing rod, and find one that’s right for your next trip.

The different components of a fishing rod is discussed below. Which can be found in fishing equipment stores in Singapore.

Grip or Handle – the best type is constructed “through the handle” rather than a glued-on grip. Grips are composed of different materials such as cork, foam or wood, which provide comfort while casting and reeling in a fish. Cork Grips – Comfortable and do not absorb much water. Foam Grips – Lightweight, durable, comfortable and do not break. Pistol Grip – Shortest type of grip, contoured to the shape of your hand with a hook for your index finger to help cast more accurately. Trigger stick – A longer trigger stick is for two-handed, longer casts. Reel seats are the attachment point where the pole and reel connect, made of molded plastic or graphite and responsible for securing the reel and eliminating any “play” or “wobble” while casting or reeling in a fish. Common reel seats consist of a collar that is tightened by screwing around the reel. Ferrules is the portion of the rod that screws together, the only part of the rod that requires assembly. Saltwater Guides are made of plastic, metal or ceramic. Circles are positioned to the rod’s shaft to control fishing line. In casting rods, line guides are on top of the rod. They are smaller to reduce the play in the line and allow for easier casting and quicker retrieve. Spinning rods place the line guides on the rod’s bottom. These guides get larger toward the base of the rod. The number of line guides is determined by the rod’s length as well as by the quality of the rod. Depending on the amount of friction on the fishing line, some guides will have ceramic, stainless steel or reduce chrome-plated inner rings. These parts are available in fishing rod supplies across Singapore.

Fishing rods can be crafted from a variety of materials, such as bamboo, graphite, fiberglass or composite. These affect the rod’s action and should be appropriate for your skill level and fishing mode.  Three basic types are available:

Fiberglass Rods are typically geared towards beginners. These rods require little maintenance and are of an average weight and solid rod strength. If you are fishing for larger fish such as muskie, walleye or pike where you need a heavy, durable rod for retrieving the fighting fish, fiberglass rods work best.

Graphite Rods are usually preferred by advanced anglers due to their superior strength and lightness. The lightweight graphite handles most fishing situations well, providing more fighting power in the rod.

Bamboo Rods produces a smooth, fluid back cast, which provides its own dampening effect at the end of the back cast, featuring the highest quality built from Tonkin cane.

The length of a fishing rod typically ranges from 6 to 12 feet. The length of your rod largely depends on the type of fishing you plan to do, the species you’re after and your fishing environment. Also consider your own angling experience and strength level.

A beginner should start with a rod short enough to help with control and the development of technique, but long enough to provide a good casting distance (8 to 9 feet long). Small children need a shorter rod because of their height. In wooded areas or those with surrounding brush, choose a shorter rod. In wide, open spaces, where you would be most likely to fly fish, choose a longer rod. To catch larger, more aggressive fish you will need a stronger, shorter rod.

The rod tapers from one end to the other. The degree of taper determines how much the rod will flex when stress is applied to it. Slower rods are easier to cast. A wider loop on the forward cast reduces casting distance.

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