FLW Tour pro Luke Clausen talks about some of the great features of the Orochi XX line of rods.
Fenwick launches a news rod series called Aetos at ICAST 2012, extremely light rods that come in many actions.
Bassmaster Elite Series champion Aaron Martens goes over the features of a prototype dropshot rod by Megabass.
Mark Zona talks about how the new G-Loomis GLX rods are more lightweight and sensitive than ever before, but retain enough power to be described as "weapons on the water."
Over the last year Shimano has been working to improve their Terez line of rods. Robby Gant goes over the new features of the improved rail rods.
Mark Zona goes over the features that made the G-Loomis GL2 the top freshwater rod at ICAST 2011.
JP showcases the new features of the redesigned, technique-specific Shimano Crucial rod and Citica reel.
JP talks about the best gear set up and rigging tips for using a stick bait in clear water.
For less than $100, you could own a Shimano Clarus: a technique-specific line of rods built with IM-8 technology.
The Shimano Clarus line of rods are not only affordable but designed specifically for whatever fishing technique you desire.
One year after Duckett came out with the Micro Magic they have came out with a new series of rods that are a little bit lighter and a little more sensitive with input from pro anglers to raise the bar again.
JP talks about the importance of using the right gear for the right job while bass fishing in clear conditions and offers tips on rigging soft plastic crayfish.
Shimano has redesigned their Compre fishing rods to make them more sensitive and are technique specific to take the guess work out of rod choice. JP also talks about the re-introduced Curado baitcasting reel in three gear ratios. Using combinations of these great Shimano products you should be prepared for anything bass fishing can throw at you.
The temperature has dropped and the bass are hiding in cover waiting for some tasty shad to swim by. Fish the weed, sand and rock lines with this set up to fill your boat with aggressive smallmouth.
JP DeRose shows the fishing gear that is on his wish list for this holiday season.
JP trades in his bass fishin' gear and visits the Florida Keys for some yellow tail and barracuda fishing.
JP is in the Florida Keys fishing for tuna and taking some great Saltwater gear for a test drive.
Shimano has spent 5 years developing this lure with a unique action, custom design and the rod, reel, line system to accompany this lure
Mark Melnyk runs down the features of the Carrot Stix WILD BLACK line of fishing rods.
Mark Melnyk is excited to show off the new E21 Carrot Stix WILD GREEN line of inshore fishing rods.
The new G.Loomis Pro-4X rods, named Best Fly Rod award at ICAST 2011, borrow from the NRX series, but are available at a lower price point.
Bob Mahoney goes over the advancements done to the GL2 Series of fishing rods that won G.Loomis the Best Freshwater Rod award at ICAST 2011.
Andrew Wheeler goes over the features of Abu Garcia's newest lightweight rod: the Villain series.
The folks at Temple Fork released the new GT series with enough variations that everyone can find a rod perfect for their favorite technique.
The Rage Series line of fishing rods is all the rage, and Rich Belanger of St. Croix explains what sets them apart from other rods.
The vast selection of fishing rods available at a typical retail store.Picking a fishing rod can sometimes be an overwhelming task for a beginner angler. Whether it's a river fishing rod, one for lake fishing or deep sea fishing, it can sometimes be hard to understand the difference and pick the perfect one. From Daiwa to Fenwick, there are plenty of fishing rods on sale that cover a gamut of brands, types, sizes and shapes. But it's a critical process so read on through our fishing rods guide:
Fishing rods are essential tools that are used to help an angler fight a fish. The rod absorbs a lot of the weight and provides leverage to aid the angler in a battle. They also help with casting by increasing the radius of the swing and catapulting the bait at high speeds.
Most fishing rods are built using strong graphite or fiberglass that can handle the stress that is placed on them while fighting a fish. Some anglers still use cane polls for small species like sunfish. There used to be many manufacturers that made rods out of lightweight metal, but they are very rare now thanks to the strength and sensitivity of current grades of graphite.
Almost all fishing rods have a series of loops along the entire length of the rod called guides. The fishing line is threaded through the guides when fishing. The purpose of the guides is to hold the fishing line close to the rod and transfer the weight from the line to the rod. Rods without any guides will have a hole near the handle and another at the tip of the rod. The line is then threaded though the inside of the rod.
There are countless fishing rods available today, and each one is designed with a specific purpose in mind. There are many variables to keep in mind when selecting the right rod for the type of fishing and species that is being caught.
There are several different types of fishing rods that are designed to hold specific types of reels and cast specific baits or lures. Here are the three most common types of fishing rods:
Fishing rods are rated by the amount of weight the rod is able to handle. Fly fishing rods are given a specific number. That number should then be matched with a line with the same rating. For spinning and casting rods the weights are usually broken up into the following:
The action of a fishing rod refers to the amount of bend in the rod when you put weight on the tip. The slower the action, the more bend there will be across the entire rod. Conversely, rods with faster action will only bend near the tip. The image below shows examples for common rod actions.