Reviewers say the following
about shopping for fishing rods:
all agree that knowing what kind of fishing you plan on doing
is the key to selecting a rod. Aside from the wide array of rods available,
each rod comes in different styles and lengths depending on its intended
use. Before purchasing, consider where you plan to fish, how often and which
kinds of fish you're targeting.
good all-around spinning rod for freshwater and light saltwater
fishing should be around 5.5 to 6.5 feet long and capable of casting 1/4-ounce
to 3/8- or 1/2-ounce lures and baits.
you go for graphite, look for a high-modulus model (IM-8
or IM-10). The higher the modulus of elasticity, the more stiffness per ounce
of rod weight. High-modulus rods are stiffer, stronger and cast more accurately.
experts say cork handles offer the most sensitivity
for detecting nibbling or soft-biting fish. They also have greater aesthetic appeal. Cork can begin to wear and chip, however, so if you're looking for
more durability, EVA Foam handles might work better.
to see if rod blanks run through the handle, which
ensures extra sensitivity. Split-grip handles, which expose part of the blank, offer
even further sensitivity.
scrimp on the guides through which the fishing
line runs from the reel to the tip of the rod. Look for stainless-steel or other high-quality
guides that won't rust or chip, thus damaging the fishing line and
limiting your casting range.
mutli-section rods are a good buy for travelers short on space,
they tend to be less sensitive than single-piece rods, causing many experts
not to recommend them.