Whether you're heading down to the local watering hole or venturing out to the depths of the ocean, all types of fishing usually start with a quality fishing rod. Although not completely necessary, a fishing rod allows you to cast further and fight back harder against your future catch. Fishing rods come in a variety of materials, designs and weights that are suited to different types of fishing. Taking a large, heavy rod is overkill when fishing in a shallow river, while a light rod will quickly snap under the load of a large Tuna. Do your research before your next fishing trip and bring the right rod for the job.
Modern fishing rods come in a wide range of types based on what and where you will be fishing.
Spinning rods are the most common type of fishing rod used by fishermen of all skill levels. They are highly versatile and come in a range of weight classes depending on the size fish you are hunting.
Surf rods are larger rods designed to be able to launch bait or lures far into the ocean from the shoreline of a beach or rocky outcrop.
Baitcasting rods are similar to spinning rods but offer more control and accuracy. Typically they are only used by experienced anglers because the line can tangle easily.
Fly fishing rods are different from your standard fishing rod. They use thick, weighted line and an artificial fly-like lure to entice the fish.
Overhead rods are designed to have their line dropped into the water, rather than being cast out away from your spot. These rods are perfect for putting lures beneath your kayak or boat.
To learn more about the different aspects to a fishing rod, such as rod power and action, have a look at our guide to choosing a fishing rod!