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What you'll learn

Choosing a fishing rod can feel overwhelming. There's a lot to think about, and a poor choice can mean an empty cooler or even a broken fishing pole!

To help you make the right decision, we everything that goes into choosing the ideal fishing pole. Here's what you'll learn about:

Rod Length

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Rod Action

Rod Power



Action controls where your rod will bend. It also affects the speed at which the rod goes from “loaded” back to its original position.

Rod guides and handles are two often overlooked parts of a rod. We'll explain what you need to know about each one.

How do you know if the rod you're holding is the right one for you? By knowing how to read its markings, of course!

As you’re probably guessing, heavier rods are good for larger fish, while lighter ones work better for smaller ones. But there's a bit more to it than just that.

Rod length has a huge impact on casting and maneuverability. Learn how to choose the right length for you!

Choosing the right rod material will make or break your day on the water. We'll cover the pros and cons of the most common types of materials.

Your free step-by-step guide to choosing the most important part of your fishing arsenal.

From materials and design to key performance indicators, this guide covers everything you need to know about selecting the ideal fishing rod.

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How to Choose a Fishing Rod