Fishing Rods and Reels - Fishing Poles, Fly Fishing Rod Reviews and Fly Fishing Rods for Sale

Fishing poles or rods designed for different types of fishing and to meet the need of every type of user. Rods are made of graphite, fiberglass, composite materials, or natural bamboo and their flexibility, strength, sensitivity, and casting distance of each type vary according to their materials and design. Rods can range in size from a mere two feet to 20 feet and gradually taper to the tip. Fishing rods are identified and classified in several ways. The rod’s action indicates the location on the rod of maximum flex, or the way the rod responds to bending force or curve and how fast it returns to a neutral position. Rods are classified as slow, medium, or fast, or in-between two of these designations. Slow action rods provide greater accuracy and fast action rods allow long casts and are ideal for breezy weather. Medium action rods are easiest to use, especially for beginners. The rod’s weight indicates the weight of the fishing line or lure necessary to flex the rod. Power classifications include Ultra-Light, Light, Medium-Light, Medium, Medium-Heavy, Heavy, and Ultra-Heavy, which indicates the size or species of fish for which the rod is designed. For beginners, a lightweight rod is ideal for ease of control.

Fishing rods are designed for the demands of different types of fishing. For novices or entry-level users, spincasting rods are an appropriate first rod. The spincasting, or simply “casting”, rod has reel is mounted above a straight handle, with a forefinger grip trigger and small eyes. Spinning rods have their guides and reel under the pole and range in length from five to 8.5 feet. These rods are popular for bas, trout, pike, and walleye fishing and are available in longer versions suitable for salmon and saltwater fishing. Ultra-light fishing rods are designed for use with light line and small lures: they are short, ranging from four to 5.5 feet in length, and lightweight. These rods are commonly used for smaller fish, such as trout, bass, panfish, and crappie. Ultra-light rods may be spinning or spincasting rods. Telescopic fishing rods are 20 to 30 foot rods that can collapse to 1.5 to 2 feet in length for easy transport. These rods are often made of graphite, fiberglass, or composite materials.

Fly fishing rods are long, thin, and flexible and designed to cast the heavier fly line. Fly fishing rods are made of composite materials, such as carbon/graphite composite, fiberglass, and graphite/boron composite, or split bamboo. The length and diameter of fly fishing rods corresponds to the type of fish pursued: smaller, shorter rods for smaller freshwater fish and larger, longer rods for larger, heavier saltwater fish.

Deep-sea fishing rods are thicker and up to ten feet long, with heavy eyes and tips designed to handle the thicker line necessary for larger and heavier fish. Surf rods are extremely long, ranging from eight to 15 feet in length, which gives the user the leverage necessary to cast a long line distance beyond the breaking waves. Trolling rods are designed for use on a moving boat in the ocean or in large lakes. These rods are longer and heavier than typical spinning or spincasting rods and designed to withstand the pressure of a large fish on a moving line.

For beginners or casual anglers, lightweight rods made of fiberglass/graphite composite or graphite with medium action are the easiest to use and control. Look for durability, strength, sensitivity, and lightweight. A moderately priced, well-reviewed model will allow beginners to try the sport with responsive equipment and let them trade up to a specialized model as their skills and preferences develop. Popular brands of fishing rod include St. Croix, Fenwick, G. Loomis, Lamiglas, Shimano, and Shakespeare. The following resources will help both beginning and advanced anglers find more information on choosing fishing rods and reels, find fishing rods and reels for sale, and learn more about the sport. 

  • Choosing a Rod: Considerations for novice fishers in choosing an appropriate rod for their sport.
  • Fishing Rod Reviews: This site analyzes reviews of fishing rods to recommend the top inexpensive, overall value, and luxury rods.
  • Fishing Gear Reviews: Reviews of rods, reels, tackle, and more. Reviews are sorted by gear type and species.
  • Rod Reviews: A site dedicated to fishing gear reviews, with a section dedicated to rods.
  • Shakespeare Fishing: Shakespeare fishing rods and reels. Includes rods designed for men, women, and children.
  • G. Loomis: G. Loomis fishing rods and reels. Site has sections devoted to conventional fishing rods for fresh- and saltwater fishing and fly fishing rods.
  • St. Croix Rod: St. Croix fishing rods and reels. Company produces fresh- and saltwater fishing rods, fly fishing rods, and ice fishing rods.
  • Lamiglas: Lamiglas fishing rods and reels produces fly fishing rods, surf rods, and fresh- and saltwater fishing rods.
  • Shimano: Shimano makes trolling rods, surf rods, and fishing rods for fresh- and saltwater fishing.
  • Fly Fishing Reviews: News, videos, and information on fly fishing rods, flies, knots, and gear.
  • Fly Rod and Reel: Fly fishing news and gear reviews.
  • Bassin’: Freshwater fishing magazine with reviews of fishing rods and tackle.
  • Bass Fishing: Reviews of bass fishing rods, reels, and tackle, as well as blogs, forums, and videos about bass fishing.
  • InTheBite: Sport fishing news and tournament information; includes reviews of equipment.
  • Outdoor Life: Fishing articles cover gear reviews, fishing locations, and news.
  • Saltwater Sportsman: Dedicated to saltwater fishing, this magazine has news and information on gear and fishing techniques.
  • Sport Fishing: Magazine devoted to sport fishing gives reviews of fishing rods and reels, tackle, and other gear.
  • Insideline: Online fishing magazine has regular features on equipment and tackle.
  • Flyfishing: Product reviews, river information, lake information, and saltwater fly fishing.
  • Tackle Reviews: News and reviews on fishing rods and reels, lures, lines, and other tackle.
  • Fishing Reviews: Information and reviews of fishing rods and gear for fishing walleye, northern pike, bass, and crappie, as well as ice fishing and fly fishing.
  • Fishing Information: Local fishing and boating information. Includes information on how to get a fishing license, how to fish, and about different types of fishing and fishing gear.
  • Reel-Time: Online journal for saltwater fishing; includes articles and gear reviews.
  • In-Fisherman: Fishing rod and tackle reviews and articles, articles on basic fishing techniques, advanced techniques, and equipment.
  • Castaway: Castaway makes graphite fishing rods for fresh- and saltwater fishing, and has special models for women.
  • Fenwick: Fenwick produces fresh- and saltwater fishing rods, fishing rods suitable for river use, and fly fishing rods.
  • Kayak Fishing: Magazine for kayak fishing enthusiasts includes gear reviews, user forums, and tournament information.
  • CyperAngler: Articles and reports on fishing conditions, fly fishing, and gear reviews.
  • American Angler: Fly fishing magazine, includes gear reviews, fly tying information, articles on technique, and fly fishing news.