What Size Fishing Rod Should I Use?

Choosing the right size fishing rod is an important decision for any angler, as it will determine how you cast, the type of fish you catch, and ultimately how much fun you have. Knowing what size rod to use can be a challenge, but there are some general guidelines that can help make your selection easier.

The first factor to consider when selecting a fishing rod is the type of fish that you plan to Target.

Different species of fish require different sizes and types of rods. For example, bass require a medium-heavy action rod with a length of 7’6” or longer, while trout require a light action rod with a length of 6’6” or shorter. It’s important to research the species you plan to Target in order to determine the correct size and type of rod for that species.

The next factor to consider is the type of fishing technique you plan to use. Different techniques such as trolling, jigging, or casting call for different sizes and types of rods.

For example, trolling requires a longer rod with more backbone to help pull in larger fish from deeper waters. Jigging requires a shorter and more sensitive rod so that anglers can feel even the slightest bites from their quarry.

The last factor for consideration is the length and weight of your line. Heavier lines require stronger rods with more backbone in order to maintain control over your catch. Lighter lines require lighter rods in order to cast farther distances without sacrificing accuracy.


Choosing what size fishing rod to use can be tricky but ultimately comes down to three main factors: the type of fish Targeted, the type of technique used, and the weight/length of your line. Researching each factor carefully will help ensure that you select the right size fishing rod for your needs and maximize your time out on the water.

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Daniel Bennet