In the fishing industry, there are two basic rod types which dominate, the baitcasting and spinning rods, with the choice of either one very influenced by the type of reel and techniques used in order to best capture certain types of fish. As you would probably expect, the type of fish you want to catch will ultimately decide the selection process – an example being for larger fish, anglers will tend to use a baitcasting rod.
The main features of baitcasting rods are that they are specifically designed to seat the reel on top of a trigger grip which is designed to improve and maintain control during the casting process and also when fighting a fish to bring it in. A fantastic design when you think of how slippery hands will be after dealing with a fish.
The diameter of line guides for the baitcasting rod isn’t as big as you would expect to use on spinning rods. The reason for this is because the line pays out far more evenly and the number of guides is normally based on a length and flexibility of the rod blank.
The insertion of line guides can come in such a variety of materials ranging from plastic, metal and ceramic with each type used and ideal in specific techniques. For each material, the price will range accordingly from the hardness and quality of the material, with plastic generally being in the lower end of the price market whilst the very robust and quality ceramic line guides topping the market regarding price. With such a wide range of materials to choose from, it is commonly known that ceramic guides are the best option when it comes to fishing braided or super lines as they are most resistant to wear and tear. However, despite all of the opportunities to use line guides of different materials, if you ask any angler, you will no doubt get the reply that in fact the Recoil nickel-titanium guides are the most efficient of any line guides.
Made and produced from a nickel-titanium alloy, Recoil guides present unique and creative physical properties that don’t require plating and further so won’t corrode no matter the environment. They got their name Recoil from the material allowing it to recoil back to their initial shape despite constant deformations. The material of the Recoil guide is nickel-titanium and this special metal is used throughout the whole guide, which makes it as equally durable as ceramic and with many more advantages. One of the many advantages Recoil guides hold over their ceramic counterparts is that there is increased sensitivity due to there being no material to mute vibrations. Another great and highly recommended guide is the Fuji’s Concept which presents an Alconite ring material which produces a much thinner and lighter weight guide that helps to improve the all round smoothness of the line travel both during casting and retrieving.
The action of how both a rod is casted and reeled in can be sorted in three sections; fast, moderate or medium and slow. The quickest of the three can be described as the bend the rod creates in the top third of the rods length. With a more moderate pace, the rod will generally bend during the middle of the rod and the a slow action will bend throughout the whole length of the rod right down until the handle. The action will also depend on the type of fish on the hook, typically known as a lure and with smaller lures, a moderate action will be much more effective in hitting a maximum casting distance.
The power of the fight can be classified into four sections; ultra-light, light, medium-heavy and also heavy. As you can expect, the smaller the fish, then the smaller fight can be expected and vice-versa.
In the modern day fishing industry, the production of high quality fishing rods has come a long way. A few years ago, it was typical to find that graphite rods were very much on the flimsy side creating bruising to the rod all to easily. However, with the refinement that graphite has experienced over the past few years, you would struggle to find in the modern day a high-quality rod that wasn’t made from graphite. With its impressive flexibility and fighting power, it has proved to be the best material available today. Of course, it is still very common to find fiberglass rods and despite them being more durable, they are a lot less sensitive which is hugely important not to miss that all important bite. With the rise of graphite rods, fiberglass has had to take a back seat, but can still be used to great effect.
Finally, with any instrument that requires a handle and grip, you generally want it to be both comfortable and effective, and a fishing rod is no different. With many keen anglers fishing for hours at a time, it is crucial to be comfortable with your equipment. The shortest grip available on a rod is a pistol grip and it is usually made to fit the shape of the anglers hand. Materials can range from composites or cork mounted on a metal frame armed with a trigger for improved control.