How to Choose Your First Fishing Rod

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You are invited to your first fishing trip. In your excitement, you immediately go to an outdoor outfitter store to purchase fishing gear. You are surprised to see a plethora of fishing rods for sale to choose from. You finally realise that a fishing rod is not just a stick. 

Choosing a fishing rod is not as easy as it seems. What fishing rod material do you want? How long do you want your rod to be? What type of rod action do you need? These are just some of the questions that a sales clerk will ask you when you ask to see fishing rods for sale. To help you choose the right rod for you, here are some factors that you need to consider. 


Fishing rod materials have evolved from being made up of wood into synthetic materials such as Fibreglass and Graphite. These two materials are the most commonly used for creating fishing rods that you see today. The price of a fishing rod may be dependent on what material it is made up of. Graphite and Fibreglass are synthetic materials and can be cheaply produced. Rods made up of Graphite and Fibreglass are relatively inexpensive to purchase. On the other hand, bamboo rods which are commonly used for fly fishing are more expensive than graphite and Fibreglass. 

  • Graphite Rods. Graphite rods are the most common type of fishing rods and are the best rods to use for bass fishing. Graphite rods have high tensile strength or modulus, which makes it very durable. However, do not be fooled by a high modulus number since this number only refers to the rod’s stiffness and not its strength.
  • Fibreglass Rods. Fibreglass has lower modulus numbers than Graphite rods which makes it bend more (action) when it encounters a load (hooked fish). Fibreglass rods are ideal for launching crankbaits and are the perfect rods if you want to have medium to slow action fishing.
  • Composite Rods. Composite rods are made from the combination of Fibreglass and Graphite materials along with other materials designed to give specific actions to the rod. Because composite rods get the best of both the stiffness of graphite and flexibility of Fibreglass, these rods are more expensive than both pure Graphite and pure Fibreglass rods. 

Rod Length

Fishing rods may come in lengths from six to twelve feet. Your choice of rod length will be a factor on how far you can cast your baits. Shorter rods will cast lures for shorter distances while longer rods will allow you to cast to farther distances. 

  • Short Rods. Shorter fishing rods can only cast for shorter distances; however, you can cast accurately using them. Short rods are ideal for use for fly fishing where the accuracy of casting the bait is critical to get a bite. Short rods are also suitable for use for lake fishing where you can accurately cast your bait when you see signs of fish in the area. 
  • Long Rods. Long rods can cast far distances, but they sacrifice the accuracy of the cast. Long rods are mostly used for open-ocean fishing. 

Type of Action

Another factor to consider when choosing fishing rods for sale is the type of action that you are going to experience with the rods. Rods are rated on fast, medium, and slow movement. Action refers to the amount of bending and flex a rod can make when it gets a bite. Fast action rods are ideal for fishing small fishes since you will immediately feel a fish biting your bait because of the quick movement of your rod’s tip. 

For a first time fishing trip, the above considerations are what you need to know to choose your first fishing rod. 

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