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Fishing Rod Action
Michigan Fishing Tips Understanding Fishing Rod Action
To make I better choice when buying a new
rod there are a few things you should know.
When choosing a rod there are 3 main factors
that will determine how the rod will perform in actual use.
Action refers to where or how much of the rod
will bend. With equal weight a fast action rod will start to bend more toward the tip
where as a slow action rod would tend to bend over the
entire length of the shaft. A medium action rod would start to bend in the middle.
The action is controlled by the taper of the rod itself.
A fast or short taper would make a slower action rod and a slow
or long taper would make for a faster action rod.
Power or strength is the amount of force
needed to bend the rod. The thickness and type of rod material
will determine this. A lot of rod manufactures and anglers get
this confused with action. Most rods when marked light-action
are referring to power not action. The best way to tell the power
of a rod is to check the line weight ratings.
Sensitivity is the ability to transmit
vibrations from the line through the rod and to your hand.
By taping lightly on the tip with your finger you should easily feel
the vibrations holding the handle of a sensitive rod.
The thickness and density of the rod material will make a deference.
graphite is more sensitive than fiberglass and boron is
denser and more sensitive than graphite. The ferrules also
make a difference, metal ferrules are far less sensitive than
graphite. A one piece rod of course would be the most sensitive.
The rod blank should also continue through the length of the grip.
Single foot guides add less weight and help retain sensitivity verses
a double foot guide which is heavier and must also be wrapped in two locations.
Also the rod action plays a major role, fast action rods
will be more sensitive than a slow action rod of the same
material. Don't confuse a lighter more flexible rod with being more sensitive.
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