Leila Gomez Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:21:21
Historically, the AFTM system was developed to create a uniform method of describing the basic characteristics of a fly line. The most important element of a fly line is its mass, or more simply its weight. In order for lines to perform well with your rod and reel they should have the same weight as any other line you use with that equipment so that each line interacts with the rest of your fishing gear in the same way. It should not matter whether the line is designed to float, sink or something in between, it should still weigh the same as any other line you want to use with that particular rod. This is really important when trying to match the fly line with the fishing rod. So, the heart of the matter is the actual weight of the line. This was originally measured in grains - which is the smallest standard unit of weight and is determined as the average weight of a grain of corn. There are 7000 grains to the pound avoirdupois. The avoirdupois weight system of pounds and ounces is the one we all recognise and which was virtually universal before the advent of the metric system based on the gram. There is another weight system using the pound weight, called the troy system but that is now only used to weigh precious stones and metals, although it was once the common weight system in some countries.
Ultimately, choice is a personal decision, but knowing how to make selections can save you money even if you spend more than you originally planned. This is simply because if you dont get what will do the job right or dont get a quality product, youll just have to make another purchase a lot sooner. The casual angler will probably get along just fine with production fishing rods. The more serious the angler becomes about the art and sport of fishing, the more demanding and targeted his or her needs become in terms of equipment and performance. The serious angler will appreciate the benefits of a custom-crafted-rod for its optimum performance, targeted action for specific needs, superior construction, durability, and aesthetic appeal. These are the reasons many have become custom builders and the reasons why their products are becoming more and more popular. In my humble opinion, as an avid angler, there is no better choice of equipment than that of a custom fishing rod. Heres simple rationale on why to choose custom versus the OTS, mass-produced fishing rod:
Choose a fishing rod that is "right-sized" for you - too heavy and youll be miserable on the water and sore the next day... too light and youll never get the results youre seeking (casting distance, accuracy, hook set leverage, control for fighting and landing the fish, etc.). Be prepared to have several Alabama Rig fishing rods on the deck of your boat - there is no panacea rig or A-rig rod that will work in every situation. A good rule of thumb is to plan for a heavier rig and rod set-up for deeper water/heavier lure presentations and one that is downsized for shallow water presentations. Invest in the "right-sized, right-performance" fishing equipment and tackle... youre fishing a fishing lure that costs upwards of $30 dollars, with braided line that will cost $30-40 dollars a spool, using an expensive spinning or bait-casting reel (maybe hundreds of dollars?)... so invest in the best performance fishing rod possible... and that will most likely be the fishing rod option that provides you the most confidence.
When times are tough, folks in the United States dont just sit back and rest on their laurels... they go fishing. When fishing is slow, those same Americans allow natural innovation and ingenuity to take hold of their thoughts and thats when those world-class ideas hit you "like a ton of bricks." Whether that anglers thoughts have wandered to "the next best boat cup holder," "a lure adjustment to get to the right depth or have the right wiggle, bobble, splash or other subdued action," or "just another technical approach on how that angler is going to fill the live well with their targeted game-fish"... it just happens. That same angler comes up with a new idea, approach, or technique that not only makes common sense... but fantastic fishing-sense! The newest fishing lure to hit the water, the Alabama Rig, is no different because to fish one just makes sense.