History of the Fishing Rod
Fishing rods were originally made from yew and green hart and later
from split cane (Tonkin cane). The rod handles were usually made of
cork and the guides (rod rings) were just plain wire loops. In the
late 1960's I saw many fishing rods used by sea anglers made from
'tank' aerials. These were very heavy but ideal for casting heavy
weights. With the emergence of fibreglass, although still heavy
compared to fishing rods of today, fishing rods made
from this were a lot more durable and stronger. Nowadays fishing rods are generally made of various
compositions which include graphite, carbon fibre or a composite.
These rods are far lighter and stronger.
Buying a Fishing Rod.
There are literally hundreds of fishing rods on the market and for a
newcomer to fishing this can be very daunting. Before you fork out
your hard earned cash on a brand new fishing rod, decide what type
of fishing you will be doing and what fish you will be hoping to
catch. Have a look around
your local tackle shops and see just whats on offer.
Each year many anglers decide they have had their fishing
rods, reels etc for a long time or have maybe decided to change from general fishing
to carp fishing. This is good for beginners to angling because these
anglers sell their old tackle in local shops, therefore, good, cheap, second hand tackle
bargains can be found in your local fishing tackle shop.
Also check the
classified adverts in your local paper and the tackle stalls at boot sales.
Beware at boot sales though, 1. a lot of stolen
fishing tackle has been found for sale at boot sales. 2.
always check the tackle is in decent condition and actually working.
Guarantees are not given !
Prices of fishing rods and reels vary tremendously
and for a
guide to fishing tackle prices so that you can compare the price of rods
advertised, have a look around your local fishing tackle shop or
online tackle shops.
If you intend going fishing with a friend then he or she will give
you information on what rod you will need. If you can, take them
with you when you go to buy your rod. You'll also find your local tackle shop owner will be pleased to help you. Tell him,
or her, what you will
be fishing for and how (float fishing or legering) and where you
will be fishing. Also say what budget you have for the rod. You
don't want to waste his time by letting him show you £200 rods when
you only have £40 !
Remember as with most things in the world - the most
expensive is not always the most suitable.
Choosing a Fishing Rod
With such a vast choice of
fishing rods for sale, how do I, as beginner to fishing,
decide what rod to buy?
When choosing a fishing rod
the important factors to take into consideration first are :-
what fish you will be fishing for
It would be no good fishing for a 50lb specimen carp with a
light trout rod. The rod needs to match the fish
will you be float fishing or ledgering
what type of water you will be fishing
fishing a fast flowing river with a lightweight
through action float rod will bend it double - no good at all. The
rod needs to match the venue
choose a fishing rod that is the right length for
don't try and struggle using / casting
a 13ft rod when a 10ft would be easier and more comfortable.
As with all fishing rods, the longer
the rod the further it will cast and will give you more control when playing a fish.
Also when choosing a fishing rod,
take into account the, 'Action' and 'Test Curve', explained below.