What Finish Is on a Fishing Rod?

A fishing rod finish is an important part of the rod’s construction and can affect the feel, performance and durability of the rod. The type of finish used on a fishing rod will depend on the type of fishing being done, the material used in its construction and the desired action of the rod.

The most common type of finish used on a fishing rod is a lacquer or varnish. Lacquers are applied to a blanked or rough-sanded blank, giving it a glossy look and feel.

Varnishes are thinner, less glossy and provide more protection against scratches and abrasions. Both lacquers and varnishes can be applied in several coats to build up protection against water damage.

Other types of finishes include powder-coating, epoxy coating, chrome plating and anodizing. Powder-coating is usually applied to metal blanks for improved corrosion resistance while epoxy coating is used to protect graphite blanks from chipping or cracking under heavy pressure. Chrome plating can give a nice silver color to metal blanks while anodizing provides additional protection against corrosion and wear on aluminum blanks.

When selecting a finish for your fishing rod, it’s important to consider how you plan to use it, what you want it to look like and how well you want it to last. Rods with thicker finishes tend to be more durable but are also heavier than those with thinner finishes. If you plan on using your rod for saltwater fishing, then you’ll want something with extra protection from corrosion such as chrome plating or anodizing.

If you’re looking for something with good visual appeal then maybe a powder-coat or chrome plated finish would be best suited for your needs.


In conclusion, when deciding which finish is appropriate for your fishing rod there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration including what type of fishing will be done with it, what material was used in its construction as well as what desired action do you want from it? Different types of finishes offer different levels of protection such as powder-coating offering improved corrosion resistance while lacquers provide glossiness and varnishes offer more protection against scratches and abrasions. Ultimately the choice is yours depending on your style of fishing.

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Lindsay Collins