What Length Fishing Pole Should I Buy?

Choosing the right fishing pole for your needs can be a daunting prospect. Not only are there several different types of poles to choose from – spinning, fly, baitcasting, trolling and more – but there’s also the matter of length to consider.

The length of your fishing pole will affect how it handles and casts, so it’s important to get it right. Here’s a guide to help you make the best decision for you.

Types of Fishing Poles:

There are several types of fishing poles available on the market today. Spinning rods are usually light-actioned and designed for artificial lures like spinners, plugs and jigs.

Fly rods are specifically designed for casting line with a fly reel, while baitcasting rods are designed for heavier lures and line. Trolling rods are designed specifically for trolling lures or baits in deep water.


The length of your fishing pole will depend on what type of fish you’re Targeting, as well as your own preference. Shorter rods (6-7 feet) are great for light tackle, making them ideal for smaller fish species like panfish or trout.

Longer rods (8-9 feet) provide more leverage when fighting larger fish species like bass or walleye. The longer rod also helps with distance casting.


The action of a rod is determined by its flexibility when pressure is applied through casting or a hooked fish. Slow action poles have more give when under pressure while fast action poles have less give and flex more at the tip than at the butt end. Fast action rods can cast farther distances but slow action rods offer better control over lighter lures.

When selecting a fishing pole, it’s important to choose one that suits your Target species as well as your individual preferences in terms of both length and action. Shorter lengths are better suited to light tackle applications, while longer lengths provide more leverage when fighting larger species or casting further distances. Ultimately, the best way to find out which type is right for you is to experiment with different styles until you find one that works best for you.

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Lindsay Collins