So you have tried out a few different fishing rods, but none of them have fit your particular needs. Or maybe you just want to create something for yourself, but aren’t sure how. Here are five things that you should consider when you get into fishing rod building.
1. The first step is to figure out what type of fish you want to catch.
Most people would never get in a car and start driving without a clear sense of their final destination, and yet they go fishing with this mindset. In order to really start catching fish with as much effectiveness as possible, you should study your target. Here are some questions you should ask:
- Are you fishing in lakes, rivers, or oceans?
- Will you be fishing from a pier, a boat, or a bank?
- What type of food does your fish like the most?
- Do they feed near the water’s surface or the bottom?
2. Determine what your fishing rod preferences are.
Figure out your personal taste in fishing rod material, power, length, and weight you prefer. This can only be figured out trying out a few different kinds of rods and deciding what feels best in your hands. There are a few different things you should consider:
- Longer rods are great for making longer casts, as well as allowing you to set the hook better from a distance. Longer rods help you control the fish after they are hooked, and they give you more leverage for the bigger fish, such as sturgeon.
- Shorter rods allow for more accurate bait placement in the water. It is also much easier to transport, especially if you are just starting out and don’t have a large vehicle. It is also easier to use in crowded environments, such as a small boat.
- Graphite rods are very sensitive, allowing you to sense fish bites more easily. This can sometimes be a drawback, because you may react too quickly to a bite, resulting in a hook not being set correctly.
- Fiberglass rods are heavy and strong, but allow for more flexibility. The weight issue should not be a problem if one is able to balance out the rod correctly. This will help you when you are fighting a larger fish. This combined with the drag of the fishing reel will help tire out the fish. Fiberglass rods are also easy to clean and maintain, making it a good choice for novice fishermen.
3. Choose your reel.
The fishing reel is obviously a key part of building a custom fishing rod. You should consider the material, size, drag system, ball bearings, spool, and anti-reverse holds. When picking, here are some things that you should think about:
- Make sure that the parts of the reel are not loose. In general, nothing should rattle or come apart when you use the reel.
- Similar to rods, fishing reels can be made of graphite, as well as aluminum. Aluminum is stronger, but again, graphite is light.
- The size of the reel is important. Depending on the fish you want (in Step 1 above), you can choose the right reel for your needs. For smaller fish, which generally require lighter lines, you can buy a smaller reel. The size of fishing line that your reel can be easily found on the packaging, or the information section of the product. The label will list the middle volume that the reel can handle. So if the packaging states 10-lb/120-yds, then the reel can handle 8-lb lines and 12-lb lines.
Here are some recommended reels (click for more reviews):
4. Pick the right line for your fish.
There are three types of fishing lines to choose from: Braided, Fluorocarbon, and Monofilament. Each one has its own conditions and benefits. Understanding the differences between lines is crucial to your fishing experience, because it helps in the cast, hook, and presentation.
- The Braided lines are an older type of line. They are thin, which helps the presentation of catching first, because they are less visible to the eyes of many fish. The thinness of the lines also allows for more line to be wound on the reel. In addition, braided lines help lures sink more quickly in the water. Because they are less flexible, bites are sensed quickly at the rod tips. Some disadvantages: they are more expensive and have been reported to have more problems with backlashes and weak knot strength.
- Fluorocarbon lines have the biggest benefit in being nearly invisible. Because of the material, this type of line makes fishing in clear waters more efficient. Mainly, it helps with the presentation of the lure. A second benefit is that because it does not soak up water like nylon lines do, it remains stiff and strong. This helps fishermen sense bites more quickly. Also, these lines help catch deep-dwelling fish because it sinks.
- Monofilament lines are made of nylon. It is very easy to use, which is the main reason the majority of anglers have turned to this product. Another reason is the lower price compared to the braided and fluorocarbon lines. It is also flexible, making the line harder to snap when fighting fish. This line is best used for fish that feed near the surface, because it does not sink as well as the line types above.
Our recommendations on the best value for fishing lines are:
5. Bait the hook to suit the fish.
This quote from Dale Carnegie explains it all. When making your presentation, the most important thing is to research the types of bait that your fish usually feeds on. This will help increase the chances of making a catch. These are our recommendations:
6. Put It All Together
There you have it. Those five things are the things you must consider when building your custom rod. If you get those things right, step by step, you will help your catch rate go up!