A Beginners Guide to Fishing Rods

Nowadays, there’s far more different types and brands of fishing rods than there are fish in the sea (excuse the pun…). So, with so much choice out there, how do you know where tostart?

To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together this guide to choosing the perfect rod if you’re new to fishing.

How do I choose the perfect fishing rod?

If you’re reading this post with the hope that you’ll find your dream fishing rod and never have to buy another rod again, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. There’s such a wide variety of fishing rods available that you’ll be lucky to find the perfect “all-rounder”. Different types of rods will be best suited to different angling types so bear this in mind when choosing your first fishing rod.

By focusing on what type of fishing you want to do, you’ll be in a good position to start looking for the ideal rod to get you off your feet with your new hobby.

Ask a fishing expert for advice

While we know just how tempting it is to quickly Google “beginners fishing rod” and buy the first one you see, we really recommend visiting your local tackle shop. By going to a shop and having a good look at their selection of fishing rods, you’ll get a much better idea of what you’re shopping for than if you just scroll through shopping ads online.

Going in store will also allow you to speak to the members of staff and ask them for their expert advice on which fishing rod might be best for you. They will also be able to advise on other fishing tackle that you may need as a beginner.

However, if you do plan to visit your local tackle shop for advice, please be cautious of any “starter kits” they might offer to you. They’ll more than likely look like a great bargain but the quality of the product is usually reflected in that tempting price tag. Some starter kits or rods will be great equipment for beginning your fishing journey so just make sure you do your research first.

The best all-rounder fishing rod for beginners

Now, I know I said you’ll be lucky to find the perfect“all-rounder” but it is possible to find a good fishing rod that will suit a couple of different fishing techniques. This type of fishing rod is best if you aren’t sure of what type of technique you want to use yet.

With an all-rounder fishing rod, you can be equipped for almost any type of fishing from casting to floating fish.

Built to handle anything from small tench to large carp, the Korum 12ft All Rounder Rod is bound to help you get started on your fishing journey.

Fly fishing rods for starters

As mentioned in one of our earlier posts, fly fishing is one of the most popular types of fishing. This angling method is a perfect one for anyone looking to start fishing. So, what should you look for when buying your first fly rod?

If you’re just starting out with fly fishing, it might be best to go for a medium-action fly rod. These are usually the most versatile of fly rods, meaning they can be pretty forgiving for a new starter. As for the length of rod, it’s best to go for a fly rod that’s approximately 8.5 feet long. This will allow you to catch a variety of different fish whilst still learning the ropes and getting used to the techniques of fly fishing.

This Snowbee Classic Fly Rod is ideal for any beginner looking to get started in fly fishing.

Easy to use poles

Now, you might be thinking surely a fishing pole and a fishing rod are the same thing? But that’s not the case! Fishing poles are actually a lot more minimal. Whilst a rod will have a reel, and potentially other elements, a fishing pole is merely just a pole with a line attached to the end of it.

Fishing poles are great if you are wanting to accurately place bait in the water and as a beginner, it’s best starting with a shorter pole of about 6-7 meters length. This will allow you to work on your technique and master your strike before moving on to bigger and better pole fishing!

The Shakespeare Ugly Stix GX2is a durable fishing pole perfect for beginners.

Specialist fishing rods

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you might feel like it’s time to move onto something a bit more specialist. There are lots of specialist fishing rods out there from carp fishing rods to barbel rods to spod rods and more!

When you know what style of fishing you want to pursue, you’ll be ready to test out some specialist gear. Until then, it’s best saving those pennies for a good “all-rounder”.