Shawna Farrell Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:41:19
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.
Fly fishing rods are designed to fulfil particular requirements depending on the type of fishing you are doing, so its really important to ensure that you buy the right equipment from the outset. Its a waste of time, effort and money kitting yourself out with a small stream rod if you intend going after the monsters that may lurk in the depths of a big lake or reservoir. That may seem like an obvious statement - but its not quite as easy to get the right equipment as you might expect. Its all about length, strength and flexibility and knowing how these qualities meld together to give you just the right tool for the job. A fly fishing rod needs to do several jobs. Firstly it must cast the line, which requires strength and spring so that it can act like a catapult to shoot the line great distance when needed - or very accurately and gently when thats the order of the day. Secondly it must retrieve the line, which requires sensitivity so you can feel the line as it is recovered and know when a fish takes the fly. Thirdly it must fight the fish, which requires the ability to cushion the leader and soak up the shocks as the fish runs and jumps. Finally it must be transportable, which means that it must be capable of being manufactured in sections which come together to act as a whole when assembled.
There are ferrules, or small metal rings, spaced from the handle to the tip of a rod. They help you to cast and retrieve more smoothly by guiding your fishing line. The tip ferrule is crucial in directing your cast. The reel is attached to the rod using a reel seat, which is generally located near the handle grip. If you want something simple, a fishing rod can be as basic as a bamboo rod with a line attached. Something like this is great for kids. Or you can go to the other extreme, and buy an expensive handcrafted rod, also made of bamboo, for fly fishing purposes. You can spend anything from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars on a bamboo rod. Generally, though, unless youre keen on fly fishing, youre better to look at fiberglass or graphite rods.
Medium action rods are good for general purpose and will develop a slower more comfortable style of casting. Because the action generates power over the top half of the rod it follows that the cast will have a deeper loop to it, giving more control over matters. It will keep the leader and flies away from the lower part of the line as it is being cast, so things arent as likely to get all tangled up mid cast. This is a much easier and more comfortable fishing style and I would recommend it for the beginner. Finally, slow or progressive action rods develop their power over nearly the entire length of the rod. This makes for a very slow and lazy cast which cannot be hurried. This will suit short distance fishing with a floating line, where accuracy is more important than distance. They are ideal for the small trout stream where presentation to a feeding fish is all about accuracy and stealth and you are doing little more than laying the line onto the water.