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Fishing Rods

Poles for all types and styles of fishing

Choose from a wide range and sizes of fishing rods. All high-quality and shipped directly to you from the factory.

Whatever type of fishing you do we are certain to have a fishing rod for you at a size that you prefer.


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Whatever type of fishing you do - boat, river, fly - the one thing every angler looks for is a well balanced and engineered rod. It needs to feel comfortable in the hand and casts with both distance and accuracy.  With our range of fishing rods, you are certain to find one to suit you perfectly.

Types of fishing rod

There are lots of different types of fishing rod, each having its own peculiarities. Rods of the same type also goes under many names depending on where you live. Before we look at some types of rod lets quickly go over the main construction types.

Pole rod
This rod is just a single pole and offers the most 'feel' for fishing. However, they are cumbersome to carry, travel with and store. They are not particularly popular with normal anglers. You may see them being used by specialist sport anglers in the UK.

Sectional rod
These are the staple rod of choice for most anglers. he rods are 2 or 3 sections (occasionally 4) that fit together for use. They tend to have a better feel and are more responsive than telescopic fishing rods. The fewer sections the rod has the better the 'feel' and transmission of the fish to the angler.

Telescopic rod
These are great for setting up in a hurry or when travelling and space are limited. You can slide a telescopic rod and basic tackle into the side of a suitcase when heading off on vacation. This convenience and small compact size come at a cost. Many telescopic poles have 4 or 5 sections, sometimes more. At each junction between 2 sections, you lose a little of the play when fishing.  They are the least responsive of fishing rod, but they are still very popular because of the ease of carrying. Perfect for putting in the back of a car for a quick half-hour fishing at lunchtime.

Now we've looked at the basic makeup of different poles we can take a closer look at the different types of fishing rod for different styles of angling.

Fly fishing rod

The fly fishing rod is probably the most visually different from all the rest. You can immediately notice a fly rod because it does not have the same length of handle that other rods have.  This is to make it easier to cast and handle the pole.

As the handle makes up part of the counter-balance of a fishing rod the fly rod has a noticeable different reel. The reel needs to be different because of the way of casting and handling the line. But it is also normally larger and heavier than a normal reel to be a part of the counter-balance. Correctly placed the rod then becomes a finely balanced piece of equipment.

Sea fishing rod

Sea fishing rods tend to be more expensive than normal freshwater rods. They have to be specially treated to withstand the salt environment. Salt can quickly corrode metal so a good quality sea fishing rod will have all metal parts coated for protection.

Sea fishing rods also tend to be more robust as you are often fishing for bigger species. You can normally see this in the line eyelets, sea fishing rods will be larger and more chunky to handle the added weight of the fish. The eyelets will also be made of something like ceramic or plastic to reduce corrosion from the saltwater.

Match rods

These are popular rods and ones you see being used with floats. As such, they can be called float rods or waggler rods after a type of float that is often used.

They most often come in 2 or 3 sections or as a telescopic rod. They provide a lot of fun. They are fairly straightforward to use and come in different length. The shorter rods tend to be used for boat fishing while the longer rods are more for bank fishing. These rods are used to fish within the column of water and tend to be for smaller fish.

Leger rods

Leger rods are for targeting bottom-feeding fish. They are most noticeable from the very thing end section of the rod. These 'quiver tips' do as the name suggests move when a bite is taken. It takes a bit of experience to distinguish between a bite of a fish and just a natural movement of the line.

Because bottom-dwelling fish such as carp tend to be larger the leger rods are more robust than match rods. They can also go by the name of feeder rods because a feeder can be attached to the line to help set bait and attract fish. Like match rods, they come in a range of lengths depending on how you like to fish. Shorter leger rods are perfect for boat fishing while longer rods are ideal for lakes and wide rivers.

Pole rods

Pole rods are much more expensive as the other types but are gaining in popularity. You can quickly tell a pole rod in action because of its length and also that it has no reel.

Pole rods tend to be 15 - 18 metres in length. The line is set at the end of the pole and there is no reel. They are popular with many competition coarse anglers because of their accuracy in placing the line and hook.

There are other specialist rods such as Avon rods but the above 5 rods types are the ones you are most likely to come across.

Guide to what fishing rods are made from

There are 4 main materials used to make fishing rods:

1. Bamboo. This is the traditional material for fishing rods but these rods are now rare and very expensive.

2. Carbon Fibre. Also known as graphite rods these are popular with anglers because of the feel for the fish they transmit. They are strong rods when under gradual strain but are brittle. This means a bite from a big fish can snap the rod from the sudden pressure.

3. Fibre Glass. Also known as glass fibre these rods are strong and not brittle. They are lightweight and flexible. However, they are not as sensitive as carbon fibre and it's difficult to get a feel for the fish.

4. Composite - these are made from a composite of both carbon fibre and fibreglass. The fibreglass makes up the core of the rod to give it strength and flexibility while the outer of the rod is a carbon fibre to help make it sensitive to fish.

Are telescopic fishing rods any good?

We sell a lot of telescopic fishing rods because they have one main advantage. They small and are easy to transport.

Telescopic rods can be kept in the back of a car for a quick fishing season when time permits. Paired with a small fishing tackle box a telescopic rod will easily fit into a cabin-sized case for a weekend away.

The size makes them ideal for travel rods and they are easily stored. They are also much easier to carry for hikers and backpackers.

What's the worst thing about telescopic fishing rods?

The very thing that gives them their biggest advantage is also their biggest disadvantage. Telescopic rods tend to have many sections, often 5 or 6. With each joint, you lose some of the feel for the fish that transmits down the pole.

So even though telescopic rods are made from the same material as normal sectional rods the joints can take away some of the fun and responsiveness. That said, for many, the advantage of size outweighs the loss of feel.

Discover the difference between rods

This video really helps to boost understanding of fishing rods and their properties.

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