What Is the Difference Between a Fishing Pole and Rod?

Fishing is an enjoyable pastime for many people, and having the right equipment is essential. One of the most important pieces of equipment needed for fishing is a rod or pole.

Knowing the difference between a fishing pole and rod can be beneficial to any angler in selecting the right kind of gear for a particular type of fishing.

A fishing pole is typically a lightweight, flexible rod that is made from fiberglass, graphite, or bamboo. Poles are usually less than 8 feet in length and can be easily maneuvered when casting into tight spaces or around dense cover.

The light weight and flexibility of these poles allow anglers to use lighter lines which can result in more bites from smaller fish.

A fishing rod on the other hand, is generally made from stiffer materials such as carbon fiber or graphite composite and have lengths anywhere from 6 to 14 feet long. Rods are designed to cast heavier lines and lures with greater accuracy over longer distances than poles can reach. Rods also have longer handles that provide better control when playing larger fish.


In conclusion, the difference between a fishing pole and rod comes down to their size, material construction, weight, flexibility and casting distance capabilities. Poles are lighter and more flexible for casting into tight spaces with lighter lines while rods are sturdier and capable of casting heavier lines further distances with greater accuracy.

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Michael Allen