Your Guide to Determining the Right Fishing Rod to Use

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Your Guide to Determining the Right Fishing Rod to Use

Wander into any good angling store or plough through the listings on eBay [www.ebay.com] and the array of fishing rods and angling gear can seem a little bewildering. Choosing the right rod for an angler's needs can be a total nightmare. Anglers will need to think about styles of rods, line guides, rod length, the test curve, handles and joint fittings.

This guide offers the confused angler or would-be angler some brief advice on finding the right fishing rod and how to buy it safely and securely in the Fishing Rods section on eBay.

What Fishing Rods are Available?

There are plenty rods to choose from. We've made matters simpler by providing a handy table that explains the different types of fishing rod that can be bought in stores and here on eBay. It also lists the preferred venues for each rod and the type of fish that they are aimed at. Note that 'silverfish' refers to fish like roach and perch.

Rod

Length (feet)

Venue

Fish

Stickfloat

12-13

rivers

silverfish

Stickfloat

14-16

rivers

silverfish, barbel

Stickfloat

18-20

rivers

silverfish, barbel

Waggler Light

12-13

rivers, canals, lakes

silverfish

Waggler Medium

12-15

rivers, canals, lakes

silverfish, barbel

Waggler Heavy

12-15

rivers, lakes

carp, tench, bream

Waggler Extra Heavy

13-15

rivers, lakes

carp, chub, tench

Margin rod

18-20

rivers, lakes

carp, barbel, tench

Bomb rod

9-11

canals, lakes, rivers

small carp, silverfish

Quiver Light

9-11

canals, lakes, rivers

silverfish, bream, small carp

Quiver Medium

11-13

canals, lakes, rivers

silverfish, carp, bream, tench

Quiver Heavy

11-13

rivers, lakes

barbel, carp, tench

Quiver Extra Heavy

12-14

rivers, lakes

barbel, carp, tench

Quiver XX Heavy

13-14

rivers, lakes

barbel, carp

Avon 1lb tc

1-13

rivers, lakes

chub, small carp, silverfish

Avon 1.25lb tc

11-13

rivers, lakes

chub, small carp, silverfish, barbel

Avon 1.5lb tc

11-13

rivers, lakes

chub, barbel, bream, tench

Avon 1.75lb tc

11-13

rivers, lakes

chub, barbel, bream, tench

Avon 2lb tc

11-13

rivers, lakes

chub, barbel, carp, tench

Avon 2.25lb tc

11-13

rivers, lakes

chub, barbel, carp, tench

Carp 2lb tc

12

rivers, lakes, canals

chub, barbel, carp, tench

Carp 2.5lb tc

12

rivers, lakes, canals

carp, barbel, zander, pike

Carp 2.75lb tc

12

lakes

carp, pike, catfish

Carp 3lb tc

12-13

lakes

carp, pike, catfish

Carp 3.25lb tc

13

lakes

carp, pike, catfish

Carp 3.5lb tc

13

lakes

carp, pike, catfish

Spodding rod

12-13

rivers, lakes

Na

Marker rod

12-13

lakes

Na

Specialist 4lb tc

13

lakes, rivers

catfish

Specialist 5lb tc

13

lakes, rivers

catfish

Lure 5-25gr

6-8

rivers, lakes, canals

catfish

Lure 15-30gr

7-9

rivers, lakes, canals

perch, pike, chub

Lure 20-40gr

7-9

rivers, lakes, canals

pike

Lure 30-60gr

8-10

lakes, rivers

pike

Line Guides and Rod Rings

The rod needs to bend correctly, so the right rod ring placement is key. Different types of guides alter the rods - they can be very light or very strong. What the guides are made with can also determine how far an angler can cast.

The butt ring is the strongest ring because it absorbs the most tension. They tend to have three legs or stems attached to the rod blank. On the majority of rods, the tip ring is reinforced. On quivertip and waggler rods, the line runs through the tip ring. The reinforcement protects the guide.

Styles of other line guides vary according to how strong or heavy the blank is. It would be self-defeating to build a lightweight rod designed for light fishing and couple it with very strong guides with triple legs. Generally, if you have a strong rod blank, you need decent line guides.

Rods tend to vary in their number of line guides. Some rods have six guides; others have a dozen or more. This is down to how strong the rod is. If it's very flexible, more guides will be required to keep the mainline from coming into contact with the rod blank and remaining parallel with the rod when it flexes.

Some line guides are shorter than others. Quivertips tend to be short, while waggler rods and more specialist rods are longer. The longer ones maintain the distance from the rod blank, which stops the line hitting the rod blank and slowing down. Anglers can buy line guides and rod rings at all good angling shops or online on eBay.

About Rod Handles

Rod handles come in three basic types. Traditional cork handles offer a stylish appearance and a warm feel. Duplon is similar, but easier and cheaper to make. And abbreviated handles are used for carp-fishing rods.

It's not uncommon to find rods with a mix of cork and Duplon. There is no effect on how the rod performs, but it does make for a cheaper rod, as Duplon costs less to produce. Some serious anglers think that abbreviated handles are simply a fashion statement that make carp rods look more attractive. Rod handles can be bought online on eBay.

About Rod Action

Generally, there are three types of rod action: tip, tip-to-middle and through action.

Fast-action rods work well for quickly picking line up and the tip is very flexible. These are the preferred choice for casting, thanks to their power and whip.

The majority of rods available in angling stores and on eBay have tip-to-middle actions. This means that the rod will flex well from the middle to the tip. This helps absorb the actions of the fish.

Through-action rods bend all the way along their length, although they are increasingly rare. Anyone looking for a through-action rod would be advised to look at Avon rods, as they tend to be quite traditional. This style is not really suited to distance casting, but Avon rods are aimed at the river-fishing markets.

What is 'progressive action'? This refers to an action where the power progresses gradually as the rod starts to flex at the tip end. Progressive blanks have equal power distribution and some will have flexible handles to cope with powerful fish.

Length of Handle

Long handles will be needed for chucking rigs a good distance. For example, beachcasters have very lengthy handles, so anglers can keep their hands wide apart and get good leverage. Carp and pike rods will come with long handles for the same reason, and to launch deadbaits and PVA bags a long way.

You will find shorter handles on waggler and stick-float rods. That's because they do not require anglers to cast a long way, as floats won't go that far. Waggler rods tend to be held, too, so if handles are short, they will weigh less and be more usable.

Extra Sections

Many fishing rods these days come with extra sections to increase their length. It is seriously worth considering investing in this type of rod because of the improved casting power and distance they offer thanks to the better leverage.

These longer rods also provide better control over larger fish in the net. With extra reach, it is also easier to remove fish from snags, which is an important consideration with fish like tench and carp. The good thing about these extra sections is that they can be removed to create a shorter rod that works well in overgrown swims.

Of course, it is possible to invest in one fishing rod that has a number of roles. That could be a variable-length waggler. If it has a quick tip action, it would work well in commercial fishery roles. Put the extra section on and it becomes a good stick-float rod with good reach.

It is worth considering a multi-length feeder rod. This will allow anglers to have a short option for tight swims and in winter, when less power is required. Adding the extra section provides a longer cast and enables anglers to go for bigger, more-powerful fish. Extra sections can be bought online on eBay.

Find Fishing Rods on eBay

It is vital to do lots of research into fishing rods before going off to the angling shop or placing any bids on eBay. As a fishing-rod buyer, you must be well aware of exactly what you want to buy. If a buyer does decide to go for a rod on eBay, it is key to establish the credibility of sellers as well. At very least, eBay feedback should be checked out. Buyers would do well to get acquainted with the protection offered by eBay and PayPal for buyers, too. One factor to be aware of when buying fishing rods on eBay is that shipping will be free, as fishing rods are likely to be local-collection items.

Conclusion

Whether buyers are beginners or experienced anglers looking to trade up to new equipment, there is a vast array of rods to consider. The fishing rods described here are the main ones you will find if you visit an angling store or look at the many items for sale in eBay's Fishing section . If you are a beginner, before you commit to any outlay, it might be wise to try coarse fishing with a friend to see if the real-life experience matches up to the brochures. If you do decide to take up fishing, the rod is one item it's wise not to skimp on. All of the fishing rods described in this guide can be purchased at online shopping outlets such as eBay.

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