Starting a fishing rod can be one of the most challenging aspects of getting started. There are a bewildering number of choices, each claiming to be superior to the rods next to it. Before you decide you’ll come to regret it, it’s always a good idea to educate yourself on what you need and should have.
The purchase of a blank is the initial step in getting a fishing rod. This refers to the rod itself, a shaft made of various materials on which a reel and some line are mounted. Graphite, fibreglass, and bamboo are the three materials available for shafts. Bamboo rods are most commonly used for fly fishing and can be pretty costly. Fibreglass rods are the type you’ll buy at Wal-Mart or other department stores, and they’re designed for beginners. Graphite is the preferred material for serious anglers, and you can buy it in various places online and in sporting goods stores. Graphite rods will be the focus of this article.
Fishing rods are available in a variety of strengths, which are measured in terms of modulus. The density and percentage of the weave of the material from which the rod blank is made is the modulus. The modulus of graphite rods is usually between 33 million and 60 million. The stiffer the rod is, the higher the modulus. The rods with a higher modulus will be lighter, quicker, and more responsive. High modulus fishing rods, on the other hand, are more brittle than lower modulus fishing rods.
When selecting a rod blank, sensitivity is also a crucial consideration. As a general rule, the deeper the water you’re fishing in, the higher the sensitivity you’ll need to detect more faint bites. You don’t want to have to go home and tell your family about the one that got away!
Aside from the shaft material, the handle construction has an impact on the sensitivity of your rod. The handles are usually composed of cork or foam. You should make sure the handle fits comfortably in your hand and isn’t too soft, or you won’t be able to detect the aforementioned small bites. If you’re fishing with artificial bait, you’ll also need to be able to feel the movement of the bait through the rod to verify that you’re luring the fish properly.