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					Fit The Fishing Rod To The Fishing Task

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Getting the fish to bite is only half the job. Whether or not you land
that fish depends on the decisions you made at the shop -- primarily the
type of rod.


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See yourself standing on the bank of a swiftly moving stream in the shade
of a gnarled willow, your fishing rod bent beneath the weight of an
unusually large catch.

Whether or not you land that fish depends on the decisions you made at
the shop -- primarily the type of rod.

The ABCs Of Fishing Rods

Your rod is the most important tool you will use while fishing, and you
can chose from a wide range of types, styles and lengths.

A fishing rod is a shaft of graphite, fiberglass, steel, wood or bamboo
used to catch fish (duh). Fishing filament (line), is threaded through
the ferrules (eyes) along the rod. The ferrule at the tip directs the
cast. 1 end of the line winds around a reel at the base of the pole. The
other end of the line has a baited hook attached to it.

Fishing rods vary from 4 feet (for children) to 16 feet, with the average
being 6 feet long. Rod length is chosen based on: the species of fish you
target and the environment you will fish at.


If your fishing hole is beside trees with overhead branches, you'll need
a short, flexible rod. Flexibility -- the amount the rod can bend before
breaking -- is determined by the diameter of the pole. Light rods are
thin and flexible, while stronger rods are thicker and more rigid.

For open terrain, flexible, thin rods that are 10 to 12 feet long are
good, unless it is too windy.

Fresh Water Or Salt Water?

Freshwater fishing occurs in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, while
saltwater fishing is done in oceans and along the coast. Choose a rod
appropriate to the environment.
Plan For Species Of Fish

Short, strong rods are best for landing game fish. Stronger and thicker
rods should be used for large, aggressive fish. Such fish could break a
lighter pole.

Select Rod By Material

Common types of fishing rods include bamboo, fiberglass and graphite.

Bamboo rods can be a basic, inexpensive pole with a line attached, to
very expensive handcrafted rods that are used for fly-fishing. Bamboo
rods run from $5 up to hundreds of dollars for handcrafted fly fishing
rods. If you are not planning to do fly-fishing, fiberglass or graphite
rods are best.

Fiberglass rods are good for beginners and kids and they're reasonably
priced. They come in many lengths, flexibility characteristics, and
require very little maintenance.

Many experienced anglers prefer graphite rods, because they are very
lightweight and extremely strong.

A Fitting Rod

Your goal should be to find a rod that fits your arm and is comfortable.
If you have trouble choosing, ask someone with experience to go along or
just ask the staff at a fishing store. A few pointers will quickly get
you on your way -- to a world of fun.

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