When a fisherman acquires certain fishing skills, little Malomian experience, improves the technique of mastering gear, the gear itself ceases to satisfy increased demands and ambitions. Then, one way or another, the question arises of replacing it, and the issue of choosing a new rod is always especially relevant. If a fisherman is not familiar with at least one professional floater who is able to give practical advice, you can imagine his confusion when he goes to the fishing store and sees huge fishing racks for every taste and budget.
I have already had occasion to express my opinion that in every region of Ukraine fishers have a commitment to certain fishing methods and, accordingly, to certain gear. In Donetsk, the most popular tackle for long casting. They catch it even if there is no need to cast it further than 10 meters. Fishermen in all possible and impossible situations install a reel on the rod; “And if a large fish pecks?”, Although in fact, this is most often not necessary. At the same time, Kiev fishermen, in view of the peculiarities of water bodies, prefer to fish with a fly rod with a dull anchorage of the float. And there are many such examples. Therefore, the choice of rod should be treated very responsibly in order to protect oneself from the most often unnecessary influence of various regional stereotypes, guided exclusively by common sense.
It is unlikely that a 7–9-meter rod is so necessary for a fisherman who mainly fishes in water bodies up to 30 meters wide, and also loves to throw a bait from under overhanging branches to the fish. If you put such a rod in the room, it will seem incredibly long, but on the banks of a large river or lake it will look just like a toy. For such reservoirs the best option would be a fishing rod with a length of 10-11 and even 12 meters. The only caveat is that all rods of this length are quite expensive and also require considerable experience in fishing with float tackle. More than once I had to train on the Dnieper embankment in Kiev and see how fishermen, who bought 4-meter rods on the seller’s advice, stretched out their arms (in order to increase casting distance), could hardly catch a cat for breakfast, not suspecting that, have they are 7-9-meter rods, and even feeding the place, they could please the wife with a good catch. So how long should the rod be?
I'll start with 4 meters. If you take the catalog of any serious company engaged in float fishing rods, then in its top series you most likely will not even find fishing rods of this length. And they are not there at all by chance. It makes no sense to produce such rods from ultramodern expensive materials – with this length you simply won’t feel the difference. Plus, there is an almost complete absence of the need to have such a rod. 4 meters – suitable mainly for outdoor recreation, when tackle thrown into the water creates some illusion of being on a fishing trip. In addition, if this is a Chinese “telescope” for a couple of dozen hryvnias (and this happens in 99% of cases), then it is not a pity to accidentally forget it somewhere in the grass after a “particularly active vacation”. Of course, there are professional short rods 1.5-4 meters long. But they have a very narrow scope – high-speed fishing for bleak in competitions. Accordingly, they are intended exclusively for athletes.
5 meters is the first step towards a more meaningful approach to fishing. Such a rod can be caught at a distance of 7-8 meters, where in most bodies of water the first dump is located in depth. But the "five" is more suitable for fishing in
stagnant water bodies – during the course of the arc, fishing lines and drift of the float make it a little more effective than the “four”.
6 meters – this is the beginning of your "fishing growth". This length will give you more freedom when fishing in stagnant waters. It will already be easier to pull the bait fish to your hook, and even finicky crucian will not be so careful, which, of course, will affect the catches.
7 meters is the “golden mean”. The range of casting a nozzle with such a rod allows you to hunt large roach and even bream. At a distance of 11-12 meters from the coast, where the "seven" allows you to find a second dump in depth, where fish go on feeding on hot summer days.
8-9 meters. A rod of this length almost completely unties your hands when catching large fish. A nine-meter fishing rod, plus the length of the fishing line, minus 3 meters of depth – a 15 meter cast is obtained, and at such a distance many anglers catch gear for long casting, without even knowing that you can do it with a fly fishing rod. My first professional fishing rod was 9 meters long – and it repeatedly helped me out not only in simple fishing, but also in competitions. When the rivals used mostly shorter rods and caught bleak, and sometimes roach, my catch consisted of a fairly large roach and measured scavengers. And on the Rusanovsky Canal, familiar to the people of Kiev, I caught dozens of bream with this rod to the surprise of local fishermen. What should be the rod?
The first mistake in choosing gear is that the angler is trying to find a “strong” rod with which to pull a three-kilogram carp. But at the same time, he forgets (or does not know) that fly-fishing rods are not designed to catch this fish at all. Carp is very strong, so the tackle must be equipped with a reel that can protect the rod from damage, and the line from the cliff. A good fly rod is primarily designed to provide maximum fishing comfort. Once I witnessed how representatives of a Moscow company producing rods somewhere in Asia demonstrated their strength by lifting a kilogram weight tied to the top. Naturally, the stunned spectators started urgently looking for money to buy such a “miracle”. When I took this rod in my hand, I understood why it didn’t break. The rod was so heavy that, I think, after a day of fishing, the fisherman’s desire to catch large fish will completely disappear.
In fact, miracles do not happen. It is impossible to make a rod that will be very light, and at the same time, on occasion, it would be possible to pull out a flooded log. Some manufacturing companies reinforce the rods with additional braiding, especially for match and carp rods. But such a braid can only damage the fly fishing rod, as it significantly affects weight.
A few years ago I purchased such a rod made in Italy at a factory of the CAM trademark – it is still in my collection. So, at first I could not understand why, after the competitions in which I was fishing with this rod, I experienced pain in my back for two days. I complained about my poor health to my friend Sergey Fedorov, he said that it is urgent to change the rod – it does not correspond to the sports rank. Excess 100-200 grams of weight in three hours of casting and fighting turn into tens and hundreds of kilograms.
If you want the rod to be strong, it is better to choose a softer, "slow" model. A soft rod will smooth out all flaws, both when casting and when cutting, sweeping, It is better to extinguish the jerks of large fish, which will allow you to not break off thin gear. But such a rod also has drawbacks – it is difficult for them to control the fish when playing and throw it into the wind (although the probability of breaking it is much less than in the case of a rigid rod). And if you weigh the pros and cons, at the initial stage I would advise choosing a softer fishing rod, and eventually, when certain skills are developed, switch to a more rigid system. Rigid rods have the following advantages:
1. The speed of hooking and fishing is higher than that of soft rods (though this indicator is more important for athletes than amateurs).
2. Casting is more accurate.
3. It’s easier to control the fish.
But if a large fish is caught, then there may be problems with fishing. Most likely, the fishing line will break off. And if it is chosen incorrectly (too thick), then the rod may also not stand. Therefore, I emphasize once again – such a fishing rod requires some experience. A rigid rod of the same class as a soft one is almost always heavier than the last. And that's why. More often than not, a hard knee rod has one more than that of a. soft of the same length – rigidity is achieved by increasing the taper, which requires a greater consumption of material.
When choosing a fishing rod, pay attention to the tip. Now there are fishing rods on the market with two types of tips. The first type is soft plastic (popularly, the “whalebone”), the second is hard, hollow. If in the first case jerky fish are extinguished by a soft peak, then in the second, to protect themselves from a cliff, it is necessary to install a rubber shock absorber. You will have to sacrifice the length of the rod – it is shortened by 30-40 cm or more, depending on the diameter of the rubber. And if a rigid rod with a soft tip works quite well on hooking and fishing, then the same rod, only with a hollow rigid tip (without a shock absorber), will cause you many problems.
And a little about the manufacturers. The vast majority of rods that fall into our market are “native” from China, and only a few firms have their own factories in Europe. This is Daiwa (Scotland), Triana, Maver, Faps. The products of these firms are of European quality, and has long established itself among athletes who compete at the highest level. If you want to get the best or one of the best rods from the assortment of a serious company, then do not be too lazy to look in the catalog at what length in the series you choose ends the lineup. If in this series there are rods with a length of 10 – 11 – 12 meters, you can rest assured – this series is made of the best materials using the most advanced technologies. 12 meters – this is currently a certain limit on the length of the fly rod. It was not yet possible to create longer models with high characteristics.
Try to pay less attention to the assurances that some world championships have been won by such gear, sold at a very affordable price – this is nothing more than an advertising move. If a world champion caught a fishing rod for $ 20, he probably would have ended up somewhere at the end of the standings.
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