There are many different types of fishing rods, some of which are described below. If you would like some help choosing the correct rod please go to ask a question and ill be happy to help.
Before we go through some of the rods i want to discuss some terms connected with rods.
Test curve is a term used to describe the amount of weight needed to bend the rod tip to 90 degrees of the butt.
I should say that a higher test curve doesn't necessarily mean its a more powerful rod.
A rods action is used to describe where the rod bends to from the tip when at 90 degrees from the butt, for example:
A rods power is basically its strength, which is determined by:
A longer fast action rod will give you better casting distance and accuracy, but less forgiving if a fish decides to take a lunge close in.
A shorter slower action rod will be more forgiving close in and less likely to result in hook pulls.
Choosing which rod
All the above factors should be taken into account when choosing a rod including of course, the species of fish you are targeting, plus the size and type of water you are fishing. Fortunately most manufacturers rods are named appropriately. Below is a list and brief description for some basic rod types.
You can pay as little as thirty pounds, as much as five hundred pounds or even more, but the choice is yours.
Feeder rods will normally come with a selection of one or two tips (quiver tips), as a general rule the slower the water movement the softer the tip. Lengths vary from nine to thirteen foot, in general shorter feeder rods for small lakes, ponds and small to medium slow flowing rivers. Longer feeder rods for larger lakes, gravel pits and wider slow flowing rivers.
Not as popular these days, its a bit like snapping the top six inches off your rod, then joining it again with a piece of rubber tubing so it hangs down hence swing tip. Use on still waters or very slow flowing rivers, the swing tip will not work in a fast flow. Normally the top eye has a thread inside to screw the swing tip section into. Can be awkward casting at first as the tip can tangle round the line.
Waggler / Float Rod
Waggler or float rod, from nine to fifteen feet in length, depending on size of the water you intended to fish. As with all rods price will vary with quality but expect to pay from thirty to hundreds of pounds. Junior anglers may want to start with a shorter rod, around nine feet would be ideal, although distance of cast will be restricted with a shorter rod.
Carp rods come in many test curves, lengths and prices. If your new to carp fishing or just want a general all round rod go for a 2 3/4lb test curve 12 foot medium action rod. Avoid the really cheap, they are normally sub quality, expect to pay a minimum of thirty five pounds for a reasonable rod. Twelve or even thirteen foot rods are available which are designed for long range casting. Ten foot carp rods are ideal for some of our smaller commercial waters where distance isn't an issue and lastly the stalker rod from six to nine feet in length normally medium to slow action ideal for really close margin fishing and waters with a lot of bankside vegetation where a long rod would be a hindrance.
Spod / Marker Rods
Spod and marker rods are more power full than normal carp rods usually 3lb test curve or higher with a fast action. A spod rod needs to be able to cast a lot of weight at distance accurately. A marker rod also needs to be able to cast weight accurately at distance, but also needs a certain amount a sensitivity in the tip for the angler to feel subtle changes on bottom as a lead is pulled slow across it. Do not risk using your normal carp rod for spoding, as the chances are you will at best weaken your rod or at worst break it.
Pike rods are normally power full rods designed to cast the weight of large dead bait. If your fishing at range then a fast action rod will be best, remember it will be less forgiving close in. For short range fishing or from a boat a medium action rod will do the job.
There is more guidance on rods in the Coarse, Game and Sea fishing categories.
Warning most rods and poles are made from carbon or simular materials. They are good conductors of electricity so be aware of power cable above you and take extreme care in thunder storms.
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