what are the 5 main types of fishing rod?
Types of fishing rod
Most recognised by having no handle or butt to the rod. This makes casting eaisier
Fly reels are designed to make casting quick and easy. They are also larger and heavier to act as a counter balance as there is no butt.
Sea rods tend to be more robust than freshwater rods. Salt water fish tend to be bigger and fight harder requiring heavier lines. The pole needs to be stronger to deal with this extra strain
Salt water is corrosive so good quality sea rods will have anti-corrosion materials and coatings. Parts like line guides will be ceramic rather than metal.
Match rods are your more traditional rods for float fishing. They are lightweight and easy to use. Most anglers start the hobby with match rods and floats.
They come in a wide range of lengths depending on your preference and fishing location. Shorter match rods are ideal for boat fishing. Longer match rods work well on lakes where you need long casting distances.
Leger rods are used when fishing for bottom dwelling fish. Because they don't use floats a leger rod is recognisable from the very thin final section of the rod. This 'quiver tip' signals when a fish has taken the bait.
Just like match rods they come in different lengths depending on your style of fishing. Some leger rods are also called feeder rods. These are more robust to handle the extra weight of an attached feeder to the line.
Pole rods are easy to recognise. They may come in a number of sections but are basically just a simple pole with line on the end. There is no reel or line guides. Pole rods are becoming popular with competition anglers because of the accuracy of placing the hook.
Rather than reeling in a fish when one is on the hook, with a pole rod you just bring the pole in to land the fish. Pole fishing is not a method that is normally used by recreational anglers who enjoy the landing of the fish.