Shawna Farrell Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:18:15
A fishing rod is the heart of your tackle. There is an unlimited number of fishing rods to choose from but there are ways to narrow down the selection without having that overwhelming feeling of-where do I begin? Having the right rods for your style of fishing will be sure to increase the success of your outings. The frequency in which you fish, what species of fish you are fishing for and the environment you are fishing in, all play important roles in choosing the proper rods. There are multi section rods or collapsible rods, telescoping rods and single piece rods. If you fish on a regular basis and normally close to home, then single piece fishing rods will normally be your best choice. Single piece rods are normally more sensitive and more durable then the others. If you have to travel further to fish and you cant easily fit a single piece rod in your vehicle, then a multi piece or telescoping rods may be your best choice. Although, these types of rods arent as sensitive as a single piece rod. Multi piece rods may also be a good choice for the beginner or one who doesnt fish often. These fishing rods are easier to transport and as a beginner, the sensitivity may not be as much of a factor as it would be to the seasoned angler.
Quality is by far the biggest difference between a custom and OTS fishing rod. A company that mass-produces needs to create the largest profit margin and unfortunately, some (not all) manufacturers also cut corners on components. Blanks and guides are not tested to determine the optimum positioning (nor can they mate a particular reel and line combination to them); instead, an average spacing is determined despite the fact that no two fishing rods (even within a production run) are exactly the same. A professional, custom builder ensures that both static (for stress distribution) and dynamic (for best casting performance) testing occurs.
Although it is true that most manufacturers today do produce some great high quality products, you simply cannot ignore the fact that they are made with the average angler in mind. Do you know who the average angler is? I sure dont! Taking a look at all of my friend who fish, not one of us is similar in size, casting style, or grip preference to name just a few variables. Yet, the manufacturers would want us to believe that each of their off-the-shelf products will match our angling styles and us perfectly. When you decide to fish a custom-built rod you are adding another dimension to your sport and enjoyment. There is nothing quite like the thrill of making perfect casts, hooking and landing a fish on a honed surgical tool that has been handcrafted for you. You dont have to depend upon whether some individual was having a good day at the factory or not when they wrapped the guides on your fishing rod, if they chose the best pieces of cork for the handle systems grip, if the time was taken to ensure that the components were placed on the rod for optimum performance, and that the best quality components were used.
Fast rods have the least flex (bendiness) and this stiffness means that the line comes away from the rod in a tight loop. Alternatively, a slow rod generates a great deal of bend as it casts and this will create a deep loop in the line. You can appreciate that a deep loop will have more of its surface area meeting the oncoming air as it is cast and this will slow it down very quickly. The higher the speed the greater the distance the line will be cast. Without boring you with the mechanics involved it is sufficient to say that the faster the rod the tighter will be the loop that is being generated and a tighter loop will cut through the air for a longer distance. Slower casts are shorter and can be more accurately positioned, ideal for casting to a rising fish on a small stream.