You borrowed a friend’s rod to start fishing and that’s it, you got the bite! You are now ready to acquire your first cane. Faced with the wide selection available to you, you find yourself very annoyed.
In specialist stores, advisers are generally well equipped to guide you in your search. But better to have some basic tips in mind to find a fishing rod that suits your tastes and needs without having to invest your paycheck in it.
Where to start?
Your cheap baitcasting rod should be chosen according to the speed of action, the type of reel and the resistance of the line.
To start and get started in fishing, the ideal is to opt for a medium action and resistance rod. This combination will allow you to feel the touches, even those of less hungry fish.
How to choose your rod
The fishing rod can be made of fiberglass, carbon (graphite) or even a mixture of the two. The length and rigidity must be chosen according to your type of fishing and the lures you will use (heavy lures require a powerful rod and light lures, a low power rod).
Here are some loose tips to remember:
- Choose a cane that is about 30 cm (12 inches) larger than your height
- The more rings there are on your rod (between 5 and 7), the more the tension on the wire is distributed
- The interior of the ceramic rings is more resistant than the metal while the plastic wears more quickly with the repeated passage of the line
- A long fishing rod offers more flexibility when a fish leaves with a bait without having swallowed it
- Cork handle is more durable than foam
- There are telescopic fishing rods, which is very convenient for compact transport.
Choose your reel
There are 4 types of reels, but for new anglers, 2 are generally recommended:
Spinning reel combined: covered with a cap, it is activated by a press button. This material is suitable for beginners since in addition to being easy to handle, it allows to be quite precise in your throws. Ideal for children!
Spinning reel: has a small metal hoop that must be lifted before casting. The accuracy of the throw requires a little practice, but its range is greater than the combined.
What about the thread?
The thread can be a monofilament (a single strand), a multifilament (several strands, braided or fused), a plumb line or a silk (for fly fishing). The resistance of the wire is calculated by weight, depending on the size of the desired fish. Here are some tips to guide you in your choice:
- To introduce you to fishing, the monofilament is recommended. It holds your grip without breaking when you bring your line back and try to get your hook stuck in the bottom of the water.
- The wire should ideally be thin and invisible to fish. It must allow the lures to move better in the water and to conserve less the rounded folds of the reel (on the reel).
- The wire is the link between your fishing rod and the fish you want to conquer. Buy fairly good quality yarn and be sure to check it regularly for damage.
- Regularly check the wear of your thread. By sliding it between your fingers, you can detect weakened or damaged sections.
When you are a beginner, knots quickly arrive. To prevent them from weakening your wire and making you lose your next catch, it is better to throw the damaged wire (other than in nature of course).