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How to choose a fishing rod

How to choose a fishing rod

When you use the right kind of rod based on your experience level, you have the best chance at a successful fishing trip.

Material

Fibreglass fishing rods are great for beginners.

Fibreglass

These rods are on the heavier side, but very durable and a great value. They’re ideal for beginners, but can handle larger fish.
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Composite fishing rods are the most popular.

Composite

The majority of anglers will use glass fibre or graphite composite rods. These are more lightweight than fiberglass and more affordable and durable than pure graphite rods.
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Graphite fishing rods are good for avid anglers.

Graphite

Well-seasoned fishers may prefer a graphite rod for its superior strength and lightness. They give the angler more fighting power and can handle most fishing situations. 
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Length

Shorter fishing rods work well for children.

5’6” to 6’

These short rods are good for new anglers and children. They have shorter casts and are easy to control, which helps to develop technique. They work with small bait.
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Medium length fishing rods

6’ to 7’

These medium length rods work well for people fishing at an intermediate level. They allow you to do longer casts and give you more control overall.
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Longer fishing rods do longer casts and can handle bigger fish.

6’6” to 8’

An experience angler will want a longer rod. These are better for use in wide open areas. They also do longer casts and can handle bigger baits to attract larger fish. 
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Flexibility

Fast action fishing rods can detect subtle strikes.

Fast Action

These rods bend mostly near the tip. They can detect subtle strikes when jigging and are good for surface lures.
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Medium action fishing rods are good for live fish baiting.

Medium Action

The front half of these rods bend, which makes them good for live fish baiting.
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Slow action fishing rod are the best for fighting big fish.

Slow action

This is the most flexible rod, bending over the entire length. It’s ideal for absorbing pressure when fighting a big fish.
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Material

Length

Flexibility