Different Situations Require Different Fishing Rods
You’ve heard that you need to know what type of fish you want to catch before you buy a fishing rod. That’s good advice, but not the only factor to consider. What anglers often overlook is that the type of water also determines that type of rod needed. Some have one or two rods and use the same one whether they’re fishing for trout or for carp. Then they wonder why they don’t catch many fish.
They reason is that using the wrong rod can make it difficult to detect bites, or may make it harder to set the hook once the fish does bite. Maybe you fish in your local river and only fish for trout. That’s fine if you always fish at the same time of year in the same level of water. Most anglers, though, enjoy fishing other spots or fishing at other times. That means the situations can change.
Know Your Water
For example, I spend the majority of my time river fishing for trout. I like to use ultra light gear, both for rods and for reels. One of my ultra light rods is 5 feet long and great for fishing in the summer and fall. If I try the 5 foot rod in the spring, though, I run into problems. In the spring, the water is higher. It’s harder to “feel” the bait and keep it near the bottom. So, in the spring, I switch to my 6 foot, 6 inch ultra light. The extra foot and a half helps me keep the bait near the bottom, and it gives me a bit more distance in casting.
Anglers who fish from boats understand changing situations. They have a different fishing rod for casting, another for trolling, and yet another rod for jigging, etc. When conditions change, they don’t have to give up and head back to shore, they simply switch rods.
How Many Rods is Enough?
I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering how many fishing rods you need to buy, and if your budget can handle it. Don’t worry; you don’t need an entire arsenal of fishing rods. If you can afford three or four, that would be great. Yet, you can get by with two rods if you switch the reel when conditions change.
I do that with my ultra light rods. My favorite rods for ultra light fishing are Quantum Xtralite, which I think cost around $30 apiece. I take both rods with me, and if the situation changes, I simply switch the reel to the rod I need. The difference is almost immediate. I continue to be able to control my lure and bait, and to catch fish. It’s that simple.
So, before you head out to your favorite fishing spot, take a moment to determine what situations you may face. Then match your fishing rod to the fishing situation and head for your favorite spot. I guarantee that if you’re prepared, you’ll catch more fish and enjoy the experience more.