Shawna Farrell Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 12:18:06
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.
Several advantages are offered by the use of quality components and materials. First, through advanced technology, the corrosive and destructive properties of both fresh and saltwater no longer pose a viable threat to your custom-built fishing rod. Second, the use of more durable and scratch resistant materials will significantly extend the useful life of a custom fishing rod, as well as ensure peak-performance. Handcrafted fishing rods are tailored, designed, and custom-fit to meet the individuals specific aesthetic, environmental, and angling performance requirements. Because each one is built "one at a time," quality control is ensured and certain to meet the unique criteria set forth by the angler. No two custom fishing rods are identical, but each one incorporates state-of-the-art components and careful hand design that facilitates the ultimate fish-catching equipment that is sure to be treasured for generations.
Another major factor in choosing the right rod is the action and taper. This relates to how much the fishing rods will flex or bend. Fast action rods will bend closer to the tip and slow action rods will bend over the whole length of the rods shaft. Medium action fishing rods will bend from the tip to the middle. The taper of the rod controls the action. A slower action rod will have a fast or short taper where as, faster action fishing rods will have a slow or long taper. Your hook setting power is directly affected by this. The hook setting power of a fast action tip is closer to the tip of the rod while the power of a moderate tip is more in the middle of the fishing rod. The amount of force needed to bend the rod is referred to as the power. This is mostly determined by the thickness and material that the fishing rods are made of. The power of the rod should complement the ratings of the line weight.
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.