Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned fisherman, choosing your fishing tackle
is a highly individualised process. For UK sportsmen, the type of rod depends on the type of fish and other critical factors. Here's some information from the experts at Keen's Tackle and Guns that will help you make an informed decision.
Fishing Tackle - Some Common Types of Fishing Rods
Fly fishing rods
allow the fisherman to test his skills because there's less emphasis on the fishing gear and more emphasis on simulating the action of prey in order to attract fish. Fly fishing rods are generally longer in length and use heavier line to support the weight of heavier fishing lures. In addition, rods for fly fishing are generally more flexible and thinner than other types of rods.
Beachcasting fishing rods are built to facilitate very long casts, so they generally range in length from 8 to 15 feet. Since the casts are so long, beachcasting-fishing poles allow for attachment of larger reels that hold greater than normal amounts of line. The length of the pole also helps the fisherman place his cast out beyond the breakers.
Spinning rods bridge the gap between fly fishing tackle and bait casting fishing tackle. Poles for this type of fishing range in length from 5 to 9 feet and have extra tip sensitivity. The reel and guides on a spinning rod mount on the bottom of the pole. A spinning rod is versatile in that the fisherman can use a fly, a small lure or live bait. It's also possible to cast the lure or bait up to 4 times farther than with other types of fishing rod.
Spin casting rods are perhaps the most common types of fishing pole. On this type of fishing tackle, the guides and reel mount to the top of the rod, making it easier to reel in the fish. A device on the reel controls the line.
Deep-sea fishing rods
are quite long, up to 11 feet. These poles are substantially thicker than other types of poles and have heavier guides and tips. The line is also heavier to accommodate larger fish.
Ultra-light fishing poles are designed for smaller fish and are perfect for children due to their shorter length (4 to 6 feet). When paired with an inexpensive reel and lightweight line, this fishing equipment is perfect for fishing off a dock or boat with your favourite youngster.
Finally, be sure to choose fishing equipment that is capable of supporting the struggle of a fish on your line. The pole should have a certain amount of "give" that allows the fish to fight, making the battle more enjoyable for the fisherman. Also, a quality rod gives the angler more control, allowing him to cast his lure exactly where he wants. A well-engineered rod is perhaps the most important piece of gear in an UK angler's fishing tackle
kit. Call Keen's Tackle and Guns at 01656 722448 for more information.