How Do You Pick a Fishing Rod and Reel Combo?

Picking a fishing rod and reel combo can seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of research and understanding of your needs, you can easily find the perfect setup for your next fishing trip.

The first thing to consider when looking for a fishing rod and reel combo is what type of fish you will be Targeting. Different types of fish require different types of setups.

For example, if you’re going after bass, then you’ll likely need a heavier action rod that can handle larger baits and more powerful casts. On the other hand, if you’re going after smaller species like bream or crappie, then you’ll need a lighter setup that can handle finesse techniques and smaller lures.

Once you know what type of fish you’re Targeting, the next step is to choose the right rod length. A longer rod will give you more casting distance and accuracy while a shorter one will provide more maneuverability in tight spots or around cover. Generally speaking, longer rods are better suited for larger bodies of water while shorter ones are better suited for smaller bodies of water or streams.

When it comes to selecting the reel for your combo, there are several factors to consider such as gear ratio, line capacity and drag system. The gear ratio indicates how many times the spool rotates with each turn of the handle – the higher the ratio number the faster it retrieves line.

Line capacity refers to how much line (in yards) can fit on the spool – this will vary depending on what type of line (monofilament vs braided) you plan on using. Lastly, drag systems allow anglers to adjust how much pressure is needed to pull out line from their reel – this is important if you plan on fighting large fish or if they have powerful runs.


By taking into account what type of fish you are Targeting, choosing an appropriate rod length and selecting a reel with the right gear ratio, line capacity and drag system for your needs; it becomes easier to pick out an ideal fishing rod and reel combo.

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Lindsay Collins