Flow rings. When choosing a rod, pay attention to the design of the access rings, the material from which they are made, and the quality of their attachment to the blank. On relatively cheap fiberglass rods, as a rule, rings with ceramic inserts are installed. On more expensive models: SIC, Goldkermet, Hardloy, etc. Structurally, the rings can have one foot (usually on light class rods) and two (medium and heavy class rods). Those and other legs have their advantages and disadvantages. The rings on one foot less distort the rod structure, but require accuracy during its operation and especially during transportation. The presence of two legs provides a strong attachment of the rings to the whip. However, to some extent, this affects the general structure of the rod. Sometimes there is a poor-quality arrangement of rings on the form.
The size of the rings, their height depends on which coil they are designed for: inertialess or multiplier. In the first case, the diameter is usually larger, and they are installed on a higher leg. The frame of the ring is made of steel and much less often of titanium. Titanium rings are usually mounted on blanks of the lightest carbon fiber rods. Good quality rings contribute to the perfect work of the rod. Provided, of course, that the form is solid. The frame and foot of the ring can be painted or have a natural metal color. As for the materials of the inserts, they differ in such parameters as hardness, density, thermal conductivity and bending strength.
In expensive models of rods, it is considered not only the presence of high-strength inserts in the ring, but also their thorough polishing. The better the inner surface of the rings is polished, the more opportunities the spinner has to make long casts. In this case, the fishing line is least subjected to abrasion. And, of course, a sign of a solid rod is a light and durable tulip – an element that experiences the greatest stress in the spinning process. A good tulip is made of light material, such as titanium; its inner rim should have a high-strength, carefully polished coating. By design, tulips can be very different, the best are considered the most lightweight type.
Handle. The design of the handle of a modern spinning rod is very diverse. On expensive models, cork is often used as a coating – a material that perfectly harmonizes in its minimum weight with a carbon-fiber blank. This handle is nice to hold in your hands, even in cold or rainy weather. Over time, crests may appear, but these places are easily updated with cork pieces using epoxy glue and subsequent processing. The handle can be straight and pistol-shaped. In expensive and affordable models, as a rule, a screw reel seat with two nuts (sometimes from one to the bottom) is used. The cheapest models can be equipped with plastic rings instead of the standard reel seat, which makes it very difficult to work with such a rod.
Especially for multiplier reels, rods with a recessed reel holder are available; it ensures that the line moves almost parallel to the rod. On the underside of the handle of such a rod there is a support hook (trigger) for the index finger of the angler. Fiberglass rods are most often equipped with handles made of microporous materials.
Build fishing rods. The most important quality criterion for any rod is its structure, by which it is customary to understand the shape of the bend under a certain load. The larger and smoother the bend curve, the softer the rod is considered, and vice versa. Athletic anglers usually prefer to use hard and medium rods. They behave better when casting bait (especially in windy weather), hooking and fighting. In the case of a hard fishing rod, only the tip bends strongly when fishing, while the soft one bends into an arc. Of course, in the arsenal of a spinning player there should also be light so-called light rods. They are good for delicate fishing of small fish. In foreign catalogs, data on the structure of rods is mandatory.
The construction of spinning rods according to the American classification is as follows.
1. Extra fast – very fast action, the rod bends under load at the top of the blank.
2. Fast – fast action, the rod bends at the top of the blank.
3. Moderate – medium order or semi-parabolic, bends in the upper half of the form.
4. Slow – slow formation, or parabolic; bends under load along the entire length of the form.
According to the European classification, the structure of spinning rods is indicated respectively: A, B, C, D.
Weight test. Given the optimal weight of the casting bait, all spinning rods are divided into three main classes: light – up to 15 g, medium – up to 40 g and heavy – over 40 g. Light tackle is usually used to catch fish whose weight does not exceed 2-3 kg, average – over 3 kg, heavy – for the strongest, largest freshwater and marine predators (catfish, taimen, sharks, marlin, etc.). Of course, such a classification is very arbitrary. In recent years, for example, Western specialists have used spinning fishing quite often, including in competitions, to use light and ultra-light tackle to catch rather large predators (up to 10 kg or more), considering such fishing more athletic. The weight test is indicated on the blank of the rod.
Today, our advanced fishermen often spend their vacations abroad, mainly in the sea. Therefore, it is not surprising that the demand for powerful spinning rods in the Russian fishing equipment market has grown significantly, allowing casting lures of medium and heavy weights over a distance of more than 100 m.These rods have a length of at least 2.7 m and have a system that meets the requirements. In addition, they must have a very high sensitivity, since their main purpose is jig fishing. And since the weight of jig lures sometimes varies greatly, depending on the fishing conditions, it was proposed to equip such rods with two upper end knees of different thicknesses. This allows you to use the same rod for fishing with light jig heads weighing 8-15 g somewhere in a closed pond and for fishing with heavy jig 40-50 g, for example, on the Lower Volga.
In recent years, among other rods, I have been using relatively inexpensive Master spinning rods. This is primarily the rods Jig Trident (test 7-50 g), Jig Surf (test 10-40 g) and Zhereh (test 7-55 g). To extend the operation of your rods will help hard tubes and covers made of water-repellent fabrics.
author: Kazantsev V.
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