Rod Rating Guide

Surprisingly, there is no consistent, scientific methodology that all rod manufacturers use to rate their rods. Some use computers. Others use complex graphs.  This an explanation of the general ratings for rods.

To find the right rod for you Here. Each rating is a collective recommendation of the hi-low thresholds in which the rod is designed to optimize performance. The variable factors for each rod, lure weight, line weight, action, and power are clearly listed by each manufacture, as well as labeled on most rods just above the handle.

(Not all factors are appropriate for all rods. For example, fly rods will not list a “lure weight.”)  Click here to see our selection of Fly Rods.

Action: How much flex do you need?

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“Action” is the measurement of deflection or flex the rod exhibits under load, and more importantly, where that flex occurs along the length of the blank. “Extra Fast” actions concentrate more of the flex towards the tip. “Slow” actions distribute the flex progressively throughout the entire blank. Because there is no single, scientifically accurate measurement system accepted by the entire industry, not all actions are exactly alike.  Rod actions are dictated by a variety of factors: the intended application, targeted prey, lure weight, and line weight.

 “Power” is defined by the amount of pressure required to flex the blank. These rods are designed to optimally manage a specific range of lure and line weights. The heavier the line and lure, the more power you’ll need to cast, fight and pull effectively. The lighter the line and lure, the less power you’ll need.

 A rod that feels heavier each time you cast eventually slows you down. The type and amount of material used contributes greatest to this factor. Look for the lightest material and components for the job, but resist the temptation to go “too light.” All rods can break. (A fact so many manufacturers want to keep secret.) 

 The measurement of the change in the diameter of the blank from tip to butt is known as taper. Many use the term synonymously with “action.” But actually, taper is one of the factors which rod builders use to achieve the desired action. An aggressive taper at the tip creates a faster action. A straight taper (one which changes at an equal rate throughout the blank) creates a moderate or slower action. And there are infinite combinations in-between.

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