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How Do I Know What Fishing Rod I Need

How Do I Know What Fishing Rod I Need

How Do I Know What Fishing Rod I Need

If you are planning on taking a road trip this summer, whether it's alone or with the family, one thing you are going to need is a fishing rod.


If you are a beginner when it comes to fishing, choosing a rod can be daunting and leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. By doing your homework in advance, you can make the process a lot easier and more straightforward.

Fishing rods can vary in length from around 4 to 14 feet, so there is a big range when it comes to selecting the right length for you. The length of the rod determines how far you can cast your line, with the longest rods making the biggest casts. However, if you are a beginner and invest in a long rod, you may find it very hard to control or even cast. With a short rod, you will be limited on the distance you can cast but it may be easier to use.


Where you are planning on fishing from will also impact the length of rod you need. For example, if you are planning to rent a boat or take a kayak along with you, you will be able to fish from the center of the lake and won’t need to cast your line that far. You will also want to make sure the rod is easy to handle and use while standing up or sitting down.

If you know where you are headed and plan to be wading to fish, opting for a slightly longer rod could be a good idea so you can benefit from the long cast.

Type of Fish

Another consideration about where you will be fishing will be the type of fish you are hoping to catch. Shorter rods are more powerful, so if you are hoping to catch large fish, this might be more suitable to your needs.

In addition to a rod, you will also want to take accessories to prepare your catch. The Rapala Folding Fillet Board is compact when not in use and convenient for all food preparation.

Rapala Folding Fillet Board

You will also need to prepare to cook your catch, whether it’s on a grill or in your RV kitchen. The Stainless Steel & Chrome Cleaner Degreaser is easy to pack and makes cleaning up quick and easy.

Stainless Steel & Chrome Cleaner Degreaser


Next, you will need to consider what material your rod will be made of and what suits your needs best. Most rods are made using fiberglass, graphite or a mixture of both, and the material will impact the rod’s performance.


Fishing rods made of fiberglass have been produced for many years. They are able to withstand all weather and don’t mind being tossed around a bit, making them ideal for vacations and also a cost-effective option. The trade-off is that they are quite heavy, which can make detecting lighter bites more difficult.


Over the past 50 years, graphite rods have become more and more popular. They come with identification markers such IM6, IM7 and IM8, which relate to their degree of stiffness. They are sensitive to any bites and lighter to handle, which can make casting easier. However, they are also easier to damage and tend to cost more than the comparative fiberglass.


If your main goal is success and performance, getting a rod that is a mixture of graphite and fiberglass may be the answer. This is also a good choice if you are going to be traveling to different lakes along your route as you get the flexibility without the weight. Keep in mind, however, that these are the most expensive option.

The Action

The Action

The action is all about where and how much your fishing rod will bend. A fast-action rod bends right under the tip and will send a vibration to your hand, even with a light nibble! A fast action is good for pulling a fish out of cover and is ideal for large fish.

A medium-action pole will bend somewhere in the top half. They are good for long casting and allow the fish more time to bite.

Slow-action rods bend the entire way and are perfect for anyone looking for a battle. You will need to be patient with these because a slow rod needs extra time for the hook to attach to the fish.

Whichever rod you choose, many happy hours can be spent fishing on vacation, providing lifelong memories and hopefully a few tasty meals, too!