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Fishing Rods - What Type Do I
By Trevor Kugler
Choosing the correct fishing
rod for your favorite fishing situations can be a fairly difficult
task. There are all kinds of things written on the fishing rod
itself, and all of them have a different "feel". I'm going to
attempt to clear up some of the confusion for you. I've seen many
anglers that have one fishing rod that they use for all of their
fishing. This is a mistake and a sure fire sign that said angler
doesn't catch many fish. I'm not suggesting that you should have
a locker full of 50 different rods, but you should have two or
three available for different situations. The type of fishing rod
that you need really has to do with the kind and size of fish that
you're fishing for. If you're fishing for Crappie, you need a
different rod than when you fish for Steelhead.
Fishing rods come is the basic
actions listed below. This information is printed (in very small
lettering) on the rod itself, directly above the handle, along
with suggestions as to lure and line sizes. The bottom line is
that you must have different fishing rods for different fishing
situations. In most cases the same fishing rod should not be used
in all fishing situations.
Ultra light Action - these
rods are used for fishing very small lures. Ultra light rods are
perfect for small stream and river fishing, such as when you're
wading. The heavier the current, the longer rod you will want.
Ultra light rods are a great choice for trout and pan fish.
Light Action - Light action
rods are used for the same situations as ultra light action rods.
If you're just starting out, start with a light action rod and
work your way to ultra light. Again, these rods are perfect for
trout and pan fish fishing.
Medium Action - Medium action
rods are right in the middle of the scale (imagine that). Medium
action rods are to be used when fishing larger rivers for larger
fish. I personally use medium action rods for my walleye and
smallmouth bass fishing in Canada. Medium action is also a good
size for trolling smaller lures.
Medium Heavy Action - This
size rod is great for trolling most lures. Medium heavy rods are
also great for most salmon and steelhead fishing. As the name
suggests, these rods are to be used in situations where you're
after bigger fish (10 to 20 pounds as a general example), although
it's also a favorite size for large mouth bass anglers.
Heavy Action - Obviously,
these are your big boys. Largemouth bass fishermen will use rods
this size to fish heavy cover and the like. Also, when you're
fishing for big pike and catfish, heavy action rods are a must.
These rods are used for really big fish (over 20 pounds as a
general example). This action rod is also used for heavy
trolling, such as that done with downriggers.
As mentioned earlier, the
bottom line is that the same fishing rod shouldn't be used for all
of your fishing. That is of course supposing that you don't fish
the same body of water for the same type of fish all the time. If
you do only fish one body of water for a single type of fish, then
1 fishing rod will probably work just fine for you. An example
would be myself. I'm primarily fish for trout in the same river
and prefer to use ultra light gear. One rod doesn't cut it for
me. I have to have two, because I've found that when the water is
high, I need a longer rod. So I simply switch to my six foot six
inch rod when the water is high (such as in the spring). The
point being that in my case although I primarily fish the same
body of water for the same type of fish, I still need a choice of
Co-founder of JRWfishing.com
Trevor has more than 20 years
of fishing experience and currently raises his 3-year old daughter
in the heart of trout fishing country......Montana.
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