Basically a fishing rod is a stick. To be more precise it's a flexible shaft, usually fitted with runners or guides to carry the fishing line, and has a place to mount a reel. Fishing rods offer all sorts of advantages over handlines. Using a rod allows you to cast further and to reach out beyond bank-side obstructions like bushes and rocks, a rod will also keep your line away from the side of a boat or away from jetty pylons etc.
A Rod makes very useful bite indicators and shock absorbers when hooking, reeling and landing fish. Although the rod must suit the type of fishing you are doing, with so many different rods available on the market it can be a hard task choosing which rod best suits your needs. What rod you need depends on where you fish and what types of fish you are fishing for. You may need several rods and reel combination's to get the most out of your fishing. When choosing a rod there are several things you need to take into consideration.
Rod configuration - There are three specific locations a reel can be mounted on a rod. Low mounts are for side cast reels, medium mounts are for threadlines and high mounts are for revolving drum type reels. The three mounting locations will provide a more energy efficient casting position.
Taper - The taper of a rod is the narrowing of thickness from the thick butt through to the thin tip. Most rods are built of hollow shafts called blanks. They can be made from fiberglass and graphite or a mixture of both. Rods are very light depending on what it is made from and although they are very strong and flexible they can break so you do need to be careful when your rod is under extreme pressure. Slow tapered rods are generally used in floating fish. Medium taper rods are very good for baiting fish. Fast taper rods are used when casting a distance.
Hands - There is either One Handed rods or double handed rods. Most light threadlines and baitcasters are single handed rods, where you only use one hand when casting. These rods are mostly used in estuary and freshwater fishing. Larger threadlines and medium size revolving drum reels are double handed rods, where you use two hands in the casting process. Double handed rods usually allow more power when casting and more leverage when fighting a tough fish. These make prefect sea fishing rods.
Keep these things in mind for the next time you are look to up date you rod or perhaps you are looking to take up fishing as a new hobby. There is no better way than to spend the day out on the ocean, on the beach of by the river just fishing.