How to Choose the Right Fishing Rod
In modern fishing rod design, there is no one size that fits all. The variety of tasks rods are called on to perform, many as particular as the type of lure or bait used, demand performance tailored to specific purposes. Designers answer that need with materials, rod tapers and resulting actions to best accomplish the task at hand.
To achieve variations in action and power, the rod builder adds or subtracts material along the length of the rod when building the blank. To further tailor rod action, explains Jason Brunner, director of engineering at St. Croix, the taper of the mandrel around which the rod blank is formed distributes more or less material to specific parts of the rod. “This process allows us to deviate from the straight line transitions in rod flex,” Brunner says. Both the recovery speed of the rod blank and the portions of the rod that come into play during the casting, fishing and fighting are determined by the amount of material used and its distribution along the length of the rod. Slight variations in the thickness of the tube wall allow builders to craft a rod matched not only to the tactic, but also the weight of the lure or bait.