Fishing rods date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. They were typically made of split Tonkin bamboo, Calcutta reed, or ash wood, which made them not only durable, but light and pliable. Now a days they are typically constructed of graphite and fiberglass composites that are widely available synthetic materials. These materials allow rod manufacturers to tailor both shape and action of the rod in order to achieve greater casting distance and accuracy. Fishing rods today are typically identified by their action, which describes the location of the maximum flex along the length of the rod, and weight, which means the weight of line and lure which is required to cause flex in a fully loaded rod.
Surf Rods Surf rods are the most common type of saltwater rods. They slightly resemble spinning or Baitcasting rods, but are much longer and are intended for two handed casting. The length of these rods is usually between 10 and 14 feet, so that anglers are able to cast their line out beyond the breaking surf where fish are typically located. These rods are also much stiffer and rigid in order to give the user the ability to effortlessly cast heavy weighted lures and baits which is needed to hold on to the bottom in rough water. To view products by manufacturers visit: Daiwa Surf Rods, Shimano Surf Rods, Penn Surf Rods, and St. Croix Surf Rods.
Boat Rods Boat Rods are designed with a heavier construction than other rods in order to properly and successfully be able to allow you to bottom fish or jig fish. There is a wide range of rods which fall under this category, from heavy shorter rods which are ideal for bottom fishing, to a much lighter, stand-up model which is great for drift fishing. Most rods in this category of fishing rods have a Gimbal Butt which is great to use with a rod-belt.
Casting Rods are also known as spin casting or bait casting rods. Casting rods hold the reel on top of the rod, and are often more powerful than spinning rods. This is because they are able to handle much heavier line and much heavier loads. To view products by manufacturers visit: Daiwa Casting Rods, Shimano Casting Rods, Penn Casting Rods, and St. Croix Casting Rods.
Trolling Rods Trolling rods are designed for dropping a lure or bait to the side or behind your moving boat, and allowing your boat to pull the lure. Trolling rods typically have a fast action to make fishing and controlling the lure with these types of rods much easier. To view products by manufacturers visit: Daiwa Trolling Rods, Shimano Trolling Rods, Penn Trolling Rods, and St. Croix Trolling Rods.
Spinning Rods Spinning rods are probably the most diverse and universal type of rods on the market. They typically are constructed of graphite or fiberglass with a cork or PVC foam handle, and are usually between 5 and 8 ½ feet in length. There are usually 5-8 guides which are arranged on the underside of the rod. These guides generally decrease in size from the handle to the tip. Unlike Baitcasting rods or Spincasting rods, the reel on a spinning rod hangs on the underside of these rods and is typically held in place with a sliding or locking reel seat. Spinning rods are used widely for North American sport fish including, trout, bass, pike, and walleye, but can also be used for trolling and still fishing with live bait. To view products by manufacturers visit: Daiwa Spinning Rods, Shimano Spinning Rods, Penn Spinning Rods, Okuma Spinning Rods, and St. Croix Spinning Rods.