The rod is the longer piece that holds the reel, line and other components. Different types of rods include lightweight aluminum, flexible wood and durable steel. Building a wooden fishing rod out of a tree branch is a great activity for kids, but you might want to look for something a little more durable.
There are two parts to the reel: the actual reel and the reel seat. The reel seat attaches to the rod and holds the reel in place. There are three different types of reels available: casting, spinning and fly. The type of reel you pick depends on the type of fishing you plan on doing. However, most reel seats look the same, except the seat may come in different sizes.
The line attaches to the reel and holds the bait or lure in place, but to do this properly, you'll need a line guide. The guide attaches to the end of the rod and lets you easily slide the line through to hold it in place. You can find different types of guides including magnifying guides, which makes the line easier to see if you have vision problems and magnetic guides.
Now that you have your main components lined up, you can focus on some of the accessories. The lure is a good example, as it isn't a main part of the fishing rod, but is helpful when fishing. You also have a rod handle and a weight, which forces the line to stay in the water. The rod handle gives you a place to grasp the fishing pole and keeps your hand comfortable, while holding the rod steady.