Lizzie Gutierrez Fishing Rod December 22nd, 2017 - 11:48:40
There will be some overlap and a rod may be sufficiently robust to accommodate slightly heavier use than indicated. Like all things there are the exceptions that prove the rule! You will probably begin to understand that the AFTM rating of a rod gives a good indication of its use. But that is only a part of the story. Imagine a car with a 2 litre engine - easy enough, but that 2 litre engine might be tuned for speed or pulling power and similarly with a rod the AFTM rating gives its loading but not whether that loading is for distance or accuracy. To make things even more complicated, rods are categorised according to their action as well as their length and AFTM rating. This will give an indication of the amount of flex that a rod possesses and the amount of flex is the basis of how fast it can move the line. Essentially, there are three categories of rod action - fast, medium and slow. What this means is the speed that the rod will generate when casting the line and the greater the initial speed the greater the casting distance. The less the rod bends, the faster it will move the line and - vice versa - the more it bends the slower it will move the line, which can be an asset when casting accurately and gently to fish in small streams and becks.
Lets walk through a brief example: Pick up the exact two casting rods from a local retailer, place the same reel on each of the two rods, and then place them into their respective "optimum" parabolic shapes by pulling the tips using the line. Now, note where the fishing line touches the blank and note the tip twist (or torque). If they were the same, the line will touch at the same points and the twist (or hopefully, lack of twist) would be equivalent as well. Now cast. Distance and accuracy should be equivalent, however, in every case, this will never happen with an "off-the-shelf" fishing rod because they are manufactured using guide placements in the exact same spot of every blank being constructed (i.e., they are not made of homogenous or equivalent materials and will never be the same). Currently, I know of no company that mass-produces and also takes the time to individually tune every guide under both a static and dynamic load prior to wrapping guides... both of which are required to achieve optimum guide placement and ultimately rod performance (not to mention a few critical requirements that are never performed before guide placement... such as splining, balancing of the handle system, tuning guide systems, etc.). Dont get me wrong, there are companies that take the time to complete a step or two of the overall process, but there are none that perform all of the required steps. A professional custom builder strives to ensure that component integration is accomplished to elicit the very best performance from each fishing rod. If a customer takes the time to identify and choose those premium components that compliment their angling style, technique, and specifications... then you can rest assured that the custom builder works to ensure their finished sport-fishing equipment performs the way they expected it to... and then some.
Fishing rods come in a wide range of sizes, with everything from 4-foot rods for children, right through to 16-foot rods. Generally theyre around 6 feet in length. A longer rod puts more force on the anglers arms. Its important to choose a rod thats right for you, as its the backbone of your fishing tackle. When youre deciding on rod length, you need to consider what type of fish youre planning to catch, and the fishing location itself, including the type of water. If youre fishing hole is located in a treed landscape, with lots of overhead branches, youre best choosing a short, flexible rod to prevent snagging. Short, strong rods are good for landing game fish. In moderate wind conditions, you might find a flexible, thin rod around 10 to 12 feet in length works best. Thicker, stronger rods are only for large, aggressive fish, such as muskellunge, northern pike, walleye and Arctic char. A light and flexible pole would soon snap landing those fish. Flexibility is determined by the diameter of the pole, and is the amount the pole can bend before it breaks. Strong rods are thick and rigid, light rods are thinner and more flexible.
Fishing rods are made of different types of materials including graphite, fiberglass, steel, wood and bamboo. Fiberglass rods are great for kids and beginners. They hold up well and require little to no maintenance. Fiberglass rods are more flexible and can withstand more abuse that is generally brought on due to improper care and handling. They are also better to use when the rod is going to be under constant pressure and sensitivity is not as much of a concern, such as when you are trolling. Graphite fishing rods are a preferred choice for the more experienced fisherman. These fishing rods are lighter in weight and very strong. They just dont hold up very well to the abuse incurred from mishandling. If you are going to be saltwater fishing, you dont want to use any tackle that is made of corrosive metals.