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Fishing rods come in all sizes, from a single piece, such as with a heavy-duty boat rod, to a three-piece type that might be as long as 16ft. Rods can be fabricated from a range of materials, such as graphite, fibreglass and carbon fibre, which most modern rods are made from. There is a difference between a fishing rod and a fishing pole, as the latter is typically made from split cane and has no reel – the line is attached to the end of the pole. This article examines the make-up of a fishing rod, starting from the very bottom.
- The Butt Cap – This is usually made from rubber or cork and it protects the rod when you stand it upright. This is what you would dig into your stomach when fighting a big fish, in order to give yourself more leverage. If you are looking to buy a fishing rod, check out the great range of Zenaq fishing rods from Fish Head, who are Australia’s leading online fishing tackle supplier.
- Rod Handle or Grip – This is made from cork or foam rubber and offers the angler a good grip while playing a fish. Some rods have a very long handle, particularly the type what is used for long range casting, as you need to be able to pivot the rod as you cast out your bait. Longer grips allow for more leverage when fighting a fish, something that comes in very handy at times.
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- The Reel Seat – On older rods, this might comprise of two aluminium rings that hold the T-section of the reel, while modern rods will have a reel seating that is threaded. This allows you to secure the reel tightly, which is essential when dealing with big fish. It is critical that the reel is tightly secured prior to fishing, as a loose connection could actually break the T-section of the reel, so make sure the screw section is tightly wound.
- The Hook Ring – This will be just above the rod grip and it is used for safely attaching your hook once you are tackled up. Barbed fishing hooks can be very dangerous and you don’t want your hook on the loose while moving around, hence the need for this small wire loop which is located close to the reel seating.
- The Line Guides – These are small wire loops that are attached to the rod at regular intervals and are usually secured by winding thin cord around the rod. The end ring is the most important and it is also the one that is most likely to be broken. The number of line guides would depend on the length of the rod and could range from 4 – 8 units.
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Due to the wide range of rod designs, it is important you choose one that suits the type of fishing you have in mind. If you are in any doubt, consult with your local tackle supplier who will be able to advise you accordingly.