Shawna Farrell Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:49:43
Do you get tired of having to tell the one that got away fishing stories? Would you rather be able to talk about your amazing day on the bank of a swiftly moving stream, a gnarled willow shading you as you pull in a big fish, your fishing rod straining the whole way. In the end, it could be your fishing rod that makes the difference - it can be the deciding factor in whether or not you land that fish. Fishing rods can be made from all sorts of different materials, including, fiberglass, graphite, steel, bamboo or wood. Fishing filament, or line, is threaded through the ferrules (eyes) located along the flexible rod. Theres a rod at the base of the pole, which the line winds onto, and the other end of the line has a barbed hook for attaching the bait. Once a fish takes the bait, you use a handle to reel in the line.
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.
The rod handle is also important when choosing a fishing rod. The handle can be composed of materials such as cork, foam and wood. It should feel comfortable in your hand, and at the same time, be firm enough to feel the sensitivity of the fishing rod. You also want to make sure that the grip of the handle wont be susceptible to your hands slipping off when they are wet. You definitely dont want to throw your rod out into the deep water. That would not be good unless you just dont want to use that rod again. If you plan on flicking a top water bait, you are going to want a short handle, comparable to a trigger handle. This will allow for more wrist action. If you plan on using lures such as crank baits, you are going to want a longer handle. These types of lures and similar, require more power when pulling the line. These handles should reach a spot somewhere between your wrist and elbow. If you are fishing in heavy cover, you will want a handle that reaches your elbow.
For the most part, custom rod builders are and have been the foundation of the sport-fishing (i.e., fishing rod) industry for many years. However, it is important to note that both the custom builders and the major manufacturers are reliant upon each other to some degree - i.e., both drive new technologies and the application of innovative processes and construction for the industry as a whole. New material and component development is usually a manufacturing derivative whereas the innovation of fishing rod construction continues to be developed from the small cadre of professional custom builders. This stated, the custom builders in some form are all considered "hobbyists," however our discussion will focus on the custom fishing rods crafted by professional craftsmen and builders, many of whom own and operate as small businesses, routinely producing finished performance products and equipment to the general public.