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Different Types of Fishing Rods

By Zaithyn Galter Published 10/26/2009 | Fishing and Boating
Fishing rods are one of the most important accessories without which there's no point in going for fishing. Different types of fishing rods are available for different types of fishing. Check out the main 9 types of fishing rods that are used often:

1.Spinning Rods: These are the most common types of fishing rods that are easily available in the market. They are used for both heavyweight and lightweight fishing and are commonly used for catching walleye, bass and trout. Spinning rods are strong and durable enough to withstand the pressure or stress exerted by the fish on the rod. Designed as an eggbeater reel they are useful for retrieving and casting baits and lures. The usual length of a spin rod is between 1.6m to 2.5m.

2.Jigging Rods: These types of rods are generally seen on commercial boats as they can easily handle large baits and heavy lures. They are made of very strong and solid material as they need to tackle the changing currents of the ocean.

3.Surf Rods: Considered to be the longest among fishing rods, they are heavier than others. Surf rods are useful for catching big fishes. Their length usually vary between 3m to 4.2m.  

4.Carbon Fiber Rods: These are hi-tech rods that are mainly used for coarse fishing. A variety of carbon fibers are used to manufacture them. Positioning of the bait in this type of fishing rod helps to catch big fishes.

5.Fly Rods: Fly fishing rods are generally used for catching fresh water fishes like halibut, salmon and trout. They are mostly built of carbon graphite. The three different types of fly fishing rods include:

1.Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod: This common fishing rod is preferred by most of the people who go fishing, as it is quite durable and suitable for most kinds of fishing situations. These  type of fishing rods are very flexible and lightweight.

2.Graphite Fly Fishing Rods: These type of fly fishing rods are little stiff yet strong and effective. Many fishermen prefer using this due to their strength and performance. These fishing rods are available in various designs and patterns.

3.Fiberglass Fly Fishing Rod: Most of the fishing rods these days are being made of fiberglass. It is little heavier than the other two, which makes it unpopular among some fishermen.

6.Tenkara Rods: They are a combination of other rods, having all the facilities of carbon rods, fly rods, and telescopic rods. The length of these rods range from 11 to 13 feet. They are also very light, portable and easily available at almost every fishing tackle shop.

7.Game Fishing Rods: Game fishing rods are mainly used in deeper saltwater for game fishing. They are designed in such a way that they can catch large fishes like pelagic fish. They are quite thick and dont bend easily. In place of regular line guides, they have roller guides.  

8.Boat Rods: They are considered to be a subclass of spin rods. Boat rods are heavier and shorter than other rods and are mainly used in saltwater fishing.

9.Trout Fishing Rods: The length of a trout fishing rod ranges from 7 to 10 feet. These rods are lighter than  bass fishing rods. Most of them are made of granite and sometimes fiberglass.

Other types of fishing rods include crappie fishing rods, bass fishing rods, ice fishing rods, sea fishing rods, and ultra light fishing rods.


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