Best Fishing Rods: What are they?
The term “best” refers to the most effective at any given time. For example, if there was no such thing as a “good” car, then it would not make sense to buy one because you might get stuck with something less than optimal. Similarly, if there were no such things as “bad” or “average” fishing rods, then you wouldn’t want to spend too much money on them either since you might end up with something inferior. If there were only two options available, then choosing between them would be pointless; one option would have to be better than the other.
In the same way, a good fishing rod will allow you to catch fish more effectively and efficiently than others.
What does it mean to say that a particular fishing rod is “the best”?
Well, let’s take a look at some of the criteria that go into making such a determination.
Material: How strong is the material used? Is it made from high quality stainless steel? Or perhaps something else entirely?
The more durable and robust the material, the stronger your rod will be. Also, how well does it perform under different conditions (e.g., salt water vs freshwater)? The material that works best for one environment may not necessarily be the same material that works best in another environment.
Conditions: What types of conditions will you be fishing in? Will you only be fishing in freshwater or do you plan on travelling to an exotic, faraway land where you’ll need a specialized rod for navigating difficult waters?
Think about where and how you’ll be using this rod and then determine what type of material would work best.
Brand: Who manufactures this rod? Is it a reputable brand or a fly-by-night operation?
The brand of rod you choose can affect its overall quality, price, and features. For example, some rods are known to break easily as soon as anything heavy is hooked. On the other hand, other rods can bend and twist in ways that regular rods can’t. Look for trustworthy rods with a proven track record of success.
Affordability: How much can you afford to spend on a rod? Is price the primary factor in your decision?
The cheaper the rod, the cheaper the materials are likely to be. Still, there are rods of all different price ranges out there that can suit your needs. If you’re on a tight budget, then this may be a major factor in your decision.
Action: What type of “feel” does this rod have? Is it stiff? Or flexible? Or something in between?
The action refers to the way the rod feels when you’re using it. Different actions are better suited for different types of fishing. For example, a flexible rod is better for medium to large fish that aren’t extremely strong (e.g., bass). On the other hand, if you’re primarily fishing for big fish that are strong and heavy (e.g., marlin), then a stiffer rod is likely preferable.
Length: How long is the rod?
The longer the rod, the longer the line of sight you’ll have. This is helpful when trying to land big fish that can easily make off with your bait if you don’t see them. However, a longer rod is more cumbersome and difficult to transport. Think about where you’ll be using this pole and how much mobility you want versus how much line of sight you want.
Guides: How many guides does this rod have?
The more guides a rod has, the less friction there is, which makes casting easier. However, you may not necessarily need nor want a rod with a lot of guides. For example, if you’re just fishing around the docks near your home, then you don’t need a lot of guides since you won’t be casting for miles.
Reel seats: Most rods come with a place at the bottom where you attach your reel. The seat can vary in design and features. For example, some seats are more comfortable than others when it comes to longer fishing expeditions. Some seats are also more or less secure than others. If a reel keeps on coming loose, then you’ll have to stop fishing and tighten it again.
This can become very annoying if it happens all the time.
These are just some of the features you should take into consideration when choosing a rod.
You meet a man who goes by the name of Lars. He’s a long-time veteran of fishing and owns his own shop. Although he mostly sells larger fishing gear, such as boats and such, he also sells rods.
Lars (the owner) tells you that he has three different rods that might interest you. From what you can tell, they’re all fairly high-quality and durable. He mentions that the first one is perfect for beginners, the second one is a good all-around rod, and the third one is more for experienced fishers.
Which one would you like to purchase?
The Fiberglass Casting Rod is a decent rod for beginners. It’s strong and lightweight, making it easy to carry around all day (in case you hook a behemoth that’s way off in the distance). It also costs 40 Gold Coins.
The Graphite Casting Rod is a high-quality rod that’s great for all-around use. It’s not too heavy or too light, and is fairly strong. It costs 60 Gold Coins.
The Stainless Steel Casting Rod is extremely durable and can withstand a lot of punishment from larger fish. However, it weighs twice as much as the first two rods and is more of a hassle to carry around (although you won’t have to worry about it breaking). It costs 100 Gold Coins.
Which rod do you choose?
NOTE: Once you’ve bought your rod, head down to the beach and speak with the angler once more. He’ll give you a rundown of the basics of fishing, as well as giving you some tips on what to use and how to use it. You’ll also be able to go fishing whenever and wherever you want!
Congratulations on your new purchase!
NOTE: You do NOT need to buy all the rods. If you can’t afford one, just skip it.
END OF CHAPTER 1
Special thanks to my brother, John, for helping me play-test this chapter!
Sources & references used in this article:
Fishing rod carrying cases by T Harrison – US Patent 3,575,327, 1971 – Google Patents
Rest for fishing-rods by US Patent 420,592, 1890 – Google Patents
Fishing rod rack by MH Mathisen – US Patent 3,537,595, 1970 – Google Patents
Attachment of line guides on fishing rods by SM Shobert – US Patent 3,171,229, 1965 – Google Patents
Device for holding fishing rods by EA Raithel – US Patent 2,033,007, 1936 – Google Patents
Holder for fishing rods and the like by AJ Ripich – US Patent 3,047,262, 1962 – Google Patents
Modern Inshore Fishing Gear: Rigging and Mending by J Garner – 1973 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Apparatus for protecting fishing rods by J Frunzar – US Patent 5,152,494, 1992 – Google Patents
Fishing rod holder by HJ Smith – US Patent 2,249,302, 1941 – Google Patents