Different Types of Fishing Rods
If you see a 4 ft ultralight fishing rod next to a 12 ft surf fishing rod, there’s no doubt they’re designed for very different fishing techniques. Extremes aside, there’s a huge array of different fishing rods out there—special handles and reel seats, stiff rods and flexible rods, and so many lengths!
It can be hard to know what all the rod styles are used for, and even harder to select the one that will be right for the kind of fishing you want to do.
In this article, we’ll break down the major types of fishing rods. We’ll explain what they look like and why they’re designed the way they are.
The goal is to give you an overview of fishing rod types, so you’ll know what’s needed for your current fishing plans. You may also discover types of rods that you’ll need later, as you get into more kinds of fishing.
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