The Beginner's Guide To Purchasing Your Very 1st Fishing Rod
Very few sporting activities can come close to the peacefulness that you can experience while sitting out on the water in a little boat, fishing rod in hand, waiting for the first catch to take your bait. It's an almost curative experience, so it certainly doesn't come as any surprise that fishing is one of the most popular activities in the USA.
A few ardent fishing advocates will tell you that your performance at fishing can only be as good as your fishing equipment so it is vitally important to buy a good fishing rod. Unfortunately when you're new to fishing you might not have the ability to demarcate the good from the average, so here are a couple of tips that will assist you in selecting a fishing rod of your choice that will serve you for a lifetime.
When buying a rod you'll be surprise by the massive range of choices in front of you. One method of choosing your first rod is to go into the local tackle shop and pick the first rod that you lay your eyes on but this may not be a very effective strategy. The other would be to weigh the aspects of each fishing rod.
Rod Weight - Gone is the era when rods were all manufactured out of wood. Technological innovations have reached the fishing pole industry and today most fishing rods are made out of synthetic composite materials. Most fishing poles fall within one of four weight categories: light action, medium light action, medium heavy action and heavy action. Weight categories are usually printed right onto the rod itself. The different weights are used to catch different types of fish, so before you select a rod you'll need to know what types of fish you want to catch with it. As a rule, if you are fishing for bass or small mouth, go for an ultra light action fishing rod. The medium and the medium heavy action fishing rods are more suitable for catching small pike and musky while the really heavy action fishing rods will be more appropriate for large Pike and large Carp. I'm sure by now you see a pattern emerging, that is the weight of the fishing rod should be proportional with the weight of the fish you intend to catch with it.
Rod Length - The length is the next variable that you need to look at with respect to your purchase. The length of rod that you select will depend on the place where you intend to fish. A more lengthy fishing pole will put more pressure on the fish during the fight. So if you are likely to go fishing in a river you probably want to go for a longer rod. Of course because the rod is longer you will probably want to select the ultra light or a light action fishing rod for your comfort. A five feet rod is usually good for normal water conditions while a 6 foot fishing rod is what you would need for high water conditions.
Lastly you'll also have to make a decision on the amount of money you wish to spend on the fishing rod. Many fishing experts will tell you to not exceed a 75 dollar budget. Usually fishing rods that fall in this price range are extremely serviceable and you'll find a number of great rods under this price.