How to choose a telescopic fishing rod for float fishing, simple tips, in ordinary language, without “wise” phrases.
On the Internet you can find hundreds of different reviews on how to choose a rod for conventional float fishing. We are not talking about specific fishing when using long casting and floats, the design of which involves the presence of a special fishing rod. The conversation is about simple telescopic fishing rods, which most anglers use. And if you look at the presented reviews, you might get the impression that they are written in a foreign language, since some terms are simply not clear to ordinary people from the outback. But what’s important in any rod, in any product is that everything is clear and understandable, so that a person purchasing goods can calmly understand everything. So I’ll try to tell in a simple form how to choose a rod for float fishing. Of course, I won’t tell you everything, I’ll omit some points, since at the initial stages the fisherman does not need to know about them. I will focus on how to behave in the store so that a perfect purchase (rod) does not disappoint you, and fishing is a success.
First of all, pay attention to the length of the fishing rod. In stores you can find rods from 4 meters to seven or more. As practice shows, the most convenient to use are fishing rods of not more than 6 meters. In my arsenal, for example, fishing rods of 5-6 meters. This is enough to make a normal cast to fully control the tackle. In addition, longer fishing rods require special handling and, if used improperly, simply break, which finally spoils the mood.
Fishing rod weight is an important parameter. Sometimes fishing rods write weight. But in order to fully appreciate the mass of the rod, it must be decomposed and held in hands. Here, everyone determines for himself acceptable values, since we are all different. But keep in mind how you plan to fish. If your fishing fishing rod is on stands, you can take telescopes and heavier, if you plan to constantly move around the site of the reservoir, and most of the time the stick will be in your hands - a light rod will not load the brush so much. But remember, the thinner and lighter the rod, the higher its cost. Look for a middle ground.
The thickness of the rod in the area of the base (the diameter of the last knee where the reel is attached). The thicker this part, the more uncomfortable it will be to hold the fishing rod in your hand, the harder it will be.
With or without fishing rod rings. In principle, on a rod without rings, if you wish, you can independently install rings. But, if you only know the world of fishing, a fishing rod with rings is your choice, as it is more versatile and practical.
Please note that the fishing rod was provided for mounting under the reel. If it is not, it is advisable to purchase such a mount. Fortunately, it costs not so much.
There are rods on which the first knee is hollow, and there are those where it is solid, monolithic (fiberglass). It is clear that a fishing rod with a hollow knee will be easier, and it’s more convenient to hook it, but for the ease you will have to pay both financially and the fact that such a knee is easier to break. A solid knee is less flexible, but for example it is preferable when fishing is carried on standing fishing rods, and a fish can bite under a kilogram or more.
Next, you need to make sure that in the disassembled state (extending all the knees to the full length) when the fishing rod does not move, the rod does not fold at the attachment point, sit firmly, do not turn and do not hit the tip of the previous knee. If this is observed, it means that the manufacturer did not select the optimal thickness, which negatively affects the strength and the entire design of the rod.
Naturally, you need to inspect the rod for cracks and chips - this is understandable. Further, having extended all the knees, you can ask the seller to fix the first knee in his hands, and you carefully lift the rod, thereby creating a load. If the rod bends smoothly from the top to the 2-3 knee - such a rod should be taken, if not, then the load is distributed incorrectly, and with a serious bite of the groats the first knee can simply crack.
Well and the last - appearance and price. You should like the fishing rod externally, and its price should be adequate and fit your budget. Otherwise, fishing will turn into a constant fear of breaking the rod, and all thoughts will be only about that. Choose a fishing rod according to your abilities, as the weight of the caught fish depends not only on the fishing rod, but also on luck, the right place, the activity of the fish and hundreds of other factors. Good luck to you.
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