How to Buy a Fishing Rod & Reel

How to Buy a Fishing Rod & Reel
Any good fisherman knows how important quality fishing equipment is to his sport, and nothing is more important than the rod and reel. But trying to process the different styles and accessories featured on fishing rods and reels can be difficult, especially for the novice fisher. Before going rod and reel shopping, it is wise to have an idea of what you are looking for.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Decide whether you want a baitcasting or spinner reel. Spinner rods are excellent for children or beginners because of their trigger-release. Baitcasting rods are the preferred style among many professionals and feature a manual release.
Step 2
Have an idea of the type of fishing you will do. This will be important when considering the rod's weight and length. For bigger fish, you will want a longer rod. This will also determine how light or heavy the action feature needs to be.
Step 3
Choose between graphite, fiberglass, or composite shafts. Graphite shafts will offer more sensitivity when fishing, while fiberglass is durable and better for larger fish. Composite shafts blend the two materials and their levels of sensitivity and durability.
Step 4
Decide on either a pistol grip or triggerstick handle. Pistol grips are good for fishing in marshes and shallow areas, while triggersticks provide comfort for long casts. Unless you are buying your rod and reel for specific reasons, it's wise get a triggerstick.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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