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Reel In Your Catch: Learn More About Fishing Rods

From a lakeside morning to an outing at the seashore, discover the gear it takes to bring home your next trophy catch.

DICKíS Sporting Goods carries industry-leading fishing poles, outfitted with the latest angling technology. Explore popular conventional rods, casting rods and spinning rods for your next day at the water.

Keep in mind rod materials when making your selection. The construction of your rod impacts its action and should be designed for your skill level:

  • Fiberglass Rods: This brand of rod is geared towards beginners. These rods need little maintenance, have an average weight and solid rod strength. If you are fishing for larger fish, youíll need a heavy, durable rod.
  • Graphite Rods: These are typically preferred by advanced anglers due to their superior strength and lightness. The lightweight graphite handles most fishing situations well, providing more fighting power in the rod.
  • Bamboo Rods:This material produces a smooth, fluid backcast and offers excellent flex and feel.

Buying Tips

Think about your level of fishing experience, environment and game fish when selecting your rod. Learn more about the different kinds of fishing rods at DICK'S Sporting Goods:

Casting/Conventional Rods: Designed to have the reel and guides on the top, casting rods are effective for anglers looking to cast several hundred times during a fishing trip.

  • Generally match up best with baitcasting and casting rods.
  • Most casting rods can handle heavy line and fish in dense cover.

Spinning Rods: Ranges in length from 5 to 8 feet, positioning the reel and guides on the bottom of the pole to provide smooth, accurate casts.

  • Longer spinning rods with elongated grip handles for two-handing casting are frequently employed for saltwater or steelhead and salmon fishing.
  • Spinning rods are also widely used for trolling and still fishing with live bait.
  • The handle length is balanced against the rod's length.
  • Spin casting rods are rods designed to hold a spin casting reel, which are normally mounted above the handle.

Saltwater Casting/Conventional rods: The reel and line are located on top of the rod, and the trigger grip lets you securely clutch the rod while releasing the thumb bar.

  • Design: A quick taper at the rod tip for accuracy and a large backbone at the lower portion of the rod for stability.
  • Saltwater bait-casting rods can be made from fiberglass or graphite.
  • Fiberglass is more durable and has greater lifting power than graphite, which makes it a preference for larger fish such as tuna and yellowtail.
  • Graphite rods are more bait sensitive and work well for surf fishing and open water when bait is cast over a greater distance.

Expert Advice

Power and action are two essential functions of your new fishing rod:

Power: A rodís resistance to flexing is known as its power. This ranges from ultra-light to ultra-heavy or other similar classifications. If youíre after larger game fish, you may need a rod with more power.

Action: This impacts your casting distance and accuracy. The smaller the fish, the lighter the action that you'll need, while the heavier the fish, the heavier the action.