Fishing rod parts can make the difference between cramping hands and exhaustion at the end of the day or relative comfort after a hard day’s fishing. Fishing rods can also make the difference between catching fish. Rods are very specialized. For bass fishing, you need a massive rod for worms, a long, somewhat limber rod for crankbaits, a short, stiff rod for spinnerbaits, and a light rod for casting ultralight lures. Choose from spinning or baitcasting – you can get all actions in both. Walleye fishers need them for different applications, too.
Check specifications for several name brand rods. All-Star, Setyr, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Lamiglas, and Zebco all make good rods, as do other companies. See if they offer what you want.
Where Can You Find Them?
Discount houses like Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offer extensive selections of rods by mail order or in person if you live near one of their stores. Smaller stores like M&N, NightStick, Personal Touch, Rod, and Reel Pro Shop, and Vermont Rainbow Rods offer more specialized services, as do many other local tackle stores, and many of them will build a rod to your specifications.
If you want a personal rod, get a blank and supplies from the above manufacturers, and build your own. If you need help, get info, and all your supplies from The Fishrworm.
Whether you buy or build a rod, take care of it. Rods can last many years if you do not abuse them. When you get one you like, you will want to use it for a long time.
What Good Fishing Rod Parts Can You Find?
Finding the words “Made in the USA” printed on a fishing rod or reel is a rare experience these days. The pressure to provide consumers with priced-right products that feature high-end components forces many manufacturers to make their products overseas. During our testing, we were delighted to find five manufacturers who still make rods–great-quality rods–in the United States.
The BuCoo Micro and Cara T7 are good examples of the light-yet-durable rods for which Falcon has become known in recent years. Each is handcrafted in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
St. Croix continues to create some of the most innovative fishing rods in the world in their Park Falls, Wis., facility. There the company’s engineers continuously strive for advancements in high-modulus and high-strain-rate materials, such as its new LegendXtreme rods.
Lamiglas is a road-building giant that many American anglers have never heard of. Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, in Woodland, Wash., the company builds each rod one at a time. With more than 300 models, that’s quite an undertaking. The components of every Lamiglas rod work together in perfect harmony, as evidenced by 2013’s Infinity line.
But Lamiglas isn’t the only rod maker in Woodland. G.Loomis has been producing quality fishing tackle from its headquarters there for decades. As is the case every year, Loomis continues to bring unique rods to the marketplace, and this year’s GLX is no exception.