A fishing rod is a tool used to catch fish, usually in the form of a pole with a line, hook and bait attached. It may also be referred to as an angling rod. Fishing rods are commonly made from fiberglass, graphite, steel or other materials.
Fiberglass is the most common material for making fishing rods as it is lightweight and strong. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials.
Fiberglass can be manipulated and crafted into virtually any shape or size desired, making it ideal for customizations. While fiberglass rods may not be as durable or sensitive as other materials, they are still an excellent choice for most anglers.
Graphite is another popular choice for fishing rods due to its light weight and strength. Many professional anglers prefer graphite rods because they are more sensitive than fiberglass and can detect even the slightest bite from a fish.
Graphite rods are also more durable than fiberglass and can withstand being bent and flexed without breaking. The only drawback to graphite rods is that they can be expensive.
Steel is another material used for fishing rods but is typically reserved for specialty applications such as deep-sea trolling. Steel rods are heavier than fiberglass or graphite but more durable against heavy loads such as large fish species or bottom-bumping rigs. Steel fishing rods may also require some additional maintenance such as periodic rust prevention.
Fishing rod materials vary depending on the type of fishing being done and the desired characteristics of the rod. Fiberglass is the most popular option due to its affordability, while graphite and steel offer superior durability and sensitivity at higher costs.