What Do You Call Fishing With a Fishing Rod?

Fishing with a fishing rod is an art and a skill that many anglers enjoy. Fishing rods come in all shapes and sizes, from ultra-light rods to heavy-duty tackle. The type of fishing rod and reel you choose will depend on the type of fish you’re Targeting, as well as your own preference.

When it comes to fishing with a fishing rod, the two main types are baitcasting (or spin casting) and spinning reels. Baitcasting reels use a spool that is mounted on top of the rod, while spinning reels have an open-faced spool that sits beneath the rod. Baitcasting reels are often used for heavier lures or bait, while spinning reels are best suited for lighter lures or bait.

For those who prefer to use natural bait when fishing with a fishing rod, there are several different types of rigs available. The most common type is the Carolina Rig, which uses a weight to keep the line taut so that the bait sinks slowly and evenly into the water. Another popular rig is the Texas Rig, which uses loops at both ends of the line so that it can be easily secured to various types of weights and lures.

Fly Fishing is another popular form of fishing with a fishing rod. Fly fishermen use specially designed rods and reels to cast small artificial flies into streams or lakes in search of trout or other small gamefish. Fly fishermen must be experienced in casting techniques to ensure they can accurately reach their Target areas without tangling their lines or losing their flies in trees or bushes along the way.

Trolling is another method used by anglers when fishing with a fishing rod. Trolling involves dragging lures or baits behind a moving boat in order to attract fish from greater distances than can be reached by casting alone. Trolling requires specialized equipment such as downriggers and planer boards for accuracy and success when Targeting larger gamefish species like salmon, tuna, marlin and swordfish.


Fishing with a fishing rod is an enjoyable way for anglers to pursue their favorite species from freshwater streams to deep sea waters. Different types of rods and reels can be used depending on preferences such as baitcasting or spinning reels for natural baits; flyfishing for trout; or trolling for larger gamefish species like salmon, tuna, marlin and swordfish.

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Lindsay Collins