A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Fishing Rod

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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Fishing Rod

Fishing is an exciting and complex sport where competitiveness meets persistence. Getting the right fishing equipment can make the difference between a successful day and a complete failure; thankfully eBay lists a range of rods for all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. A fishing rod is at the very heart of the fishing experience. Its job is to support and guide the fishing line,, acting as a buffer when a fish bites by absorbing the line's tension.

There are a number of important points to consider when buying a fishing rod for the first time in order to make an informed decision and find the right rod, these are:

* Material

* Length

* Power (weight)

* Action (taper)

Often the best way to pinpoint a suitable rod is to pick the style of fishing and species of fish to pursue. Once this has been decided upon,eBay is a one-stop shop for all relevant fishing equipment..

A Beginner's Guide to Choosing the Right Fishing Rod

There are starter rods and beginner kits available on eBay that are suitable for children and adults who only want to fish occasionally. However for those considering taking up the sport seriously it is worth investing in the right rod for the sort of fishing intended to taken up - be itfly fishing,,coarse fishing or sea fishing - as well as the type of fish being hunted.

Some reputable brands on the market that can be trusted to offer the best quality are:

* Greys

* Daiwa

* Hardy

* Sage

* Shimano

When looking to buy a fishing rod for the first time, the temptation can be to choose the rod that simply catches the eye, or the tackle with the highest number of reviews online. It pays to do a little research before making a decision, becoming familiar with some basic fishing terms and understanding what questions need to be asked in order to ensure absolute success with any purchase.

Three Types of Fishing Rod

When buying a fishing rod on eBay be sure to discover the material used to make the rod, as this says a lot about a rod's characteristics.

Fibreglass rods

Fibreglass rods are best for beginners. They have a regular weight, solid strength, and need very little maintenance. Fiberglass rods also work well for fishing larger fish, as they are heavy and durable.

Graphite rods

Graphite rods are normally used by more advanced fishermen, as they are strong and light, ideal for employing more skill when a fish bites.

Bamboo rods

Bamboo rods are more unusual, but when used give the most fluid backcast.

The Basic Components of a Fishing Rod

Fishing rod terminology can be difficult and frustrating to learn. However, knowing the key components can help in a clearer and more informed decision-making process, and questions to potential sellers on eBay will be less ambiguous by using correct terminology.

Rods generally come in two parts- the female part, which is the section of the rod with the handle, and the male section, which is the section furthest away. The joint where these two parts fit together is called the ferrule.

The very end of a fishing rod, at the far end of the male section, is called the tip top. This is the most delicate part. The general area is called the tip. This is the thinnest and most flexible part of the rod.

Name of the Part



The utmost point at the top of the rod


The thin flexible area at the top end


At the join of male and female parts


From the tip-top to the ferrule


Below to ferrule to the end of the handle

Additional Parts of a Fishing Rod

The main length of the female section is called the butt, and this meets the handle. The fishing rod handle is also known as the grip and is the part of the rod designed to be held. Just above the handle is the hook keeper. It does exactly as the name suggests: it's a place to put the hook when on the move so that there are no nasty accidents or injuries.

On the handle, on the upper-facing part, is a small dipped area called the reel seat. The reel seat is where the reel attaches to the rod. The very end of the handle is called the butt cap.. The butt cap can be made of rubber or cork, and when fighting a lively fish is the part of the rod designed to be pressed into the stomach to garner more control.

Name of Part



Additional leverage

Butt Cap

Rest comfortably against angler's stomach


Provides grip

Reel Seat

Secure location for the reel

Hook Keeper

Fastens hook to rod for transportation

Types of Guides for Attaching to Fishing Rods

Guides run down the length of the rod. These guides are the hoops that the fishing line is put through, with the thickest guide closest to the handle known as the butt guide. The number and size of guides varies rod to rod, but normally the more guides the better. Best quality rods have at least one guide per foot.

Guides come in different types. Ceramic guides are the most expensive, but allow smooth operation with less fraying and a longer cast. Roller guides are generally for heavy trolling or bottom fishing. Case hardened stainless steel guides are for wire lines, and standard metal guides are the most common because they are inexpensive and suited for most types of fishing. Before buying a fishing rod check the guides it has fixed to it in order to get an indication of the quality.

Guides are attached to the rod by what are known as windings, which are essentially string, wound tightly around the base of the guide, and then painted with enamel paint for protection.

Though every rod differs, the above attributes are found on all rods. Also, don't confuse a fishing rod with a fishing pole. A rod has guides and a reel attached to it - a fishing pole does not.

Power and Action in a Fishing Rod

Power and action refer to the flexibility and strength of a rod.


Sometimes known as taper, action refers to a rods flexibility. The action of a rod describes how much, and where, a rod bends when a fish has been hooked. Slow action is when the rod is most flexible - it bends the most, right from the butt of the rod. It will arc under pressure, like a bow. Medium or moderate action sees the rod bend a little less - the flexibility of the rod is focused on the middle and tip of the rod. Most beginner rods have a medium taper, as it suits the broadest range of fishing situations. Fast action means the rod is quite stiff, with any bending happening at the tip of the rod. There is more strength in the lower part. Using fast action takes more skill and isn't suitable for beginners.

What is needed depends on how the rod will be used - what fish will be looked for and what technique will be used. Slower rods can be easier to cast, so for practice it can be beneficial to start with a rod that has slow action. However, a slow action creates a wider loop so depending on the wind the casting distance can be reduced.

Action / Taper



Casting greater distances


Broad range of situations


Short, simple looping casts


Knowing what type of fish will be targeted affects the power needed in a rod as power refers to the rods weight. Rods are normally categorized from ultra-light rods,, suitable for small bait fish and pan fish, to ultra-heavy fishing rods that are used in deep sea fishing and for heavy fish.

Fishing Rod Length

Rods differ in length, generally from 6 feet to 12 feet all of which can be found on eBay. When buying a fishing rod for the first time consider the water type and type of fish sought in order to select the right length - seek advice from fellow anglers in the particular fishing area.

Absolute beginners need a rod that gives a good casting distance - around eight feet - but that is short enough to be controlled easily. Longer rods usually mean a longer cast. Children ' s fishing rods will need to be shorter to match their height. It's also better to choose a shorter rod for wooded areas or to catch bigger and more aggressive fish - shorter rods mean a heavier line. For a casting in wide, open spaces - especially shore fishing at the sea - it's better to choose a longer rod.

How to buy a Fishing Rod on eBay

Fishing rods need to be matched to the type of fishing they will be used for. The range of rods on eBay.co.uk means it should be possible to find the exact rod to match any given requirements.

Under the Sporting Goods categoryFishing has its own section and the various specialisms such asFly Fishing,, and Sea Fishing all have their own sub categories allowing you to browse what is currently available. Of course if you have a specific rod in mind, then by typing your query into the search bar you will discover whether the relevant product is for sale.

eBay sellers are often anglers themselves and should be able to answer any questions that you may need to know the answer to before coming to a final decision. eBay also offersBuyer Protection and by paying with PayPal each and every transaction can be trusted to remain secure.


Fishing is a fun and challenging pastime that can quickly turn into a hard task without the right fishing equipment.. Assimilating an array of advice from experienced experts is the best way to determine the right rod to buy: don't fall into the trap of thinking that a higher price means a better quality.

eBay has plenty of affordable used fishing rods for beginners, where the seller can be contacted directly for help and advice. Many new rods direct from the manufacturer are available, too, with helpful reviews accessible online so that any decision is educated and informed.

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