What’s the Difference Between Fishing Rod and Fishing Pole?

Fishing rods and fishing poles are often used interchangeably, but it’s important to know the differences between the two. While they are both tools used for fishing, they vary in type and purpose.


The design of a fishing rod is much different than that of a fishing pole. A fishing rod is typically much longer than a fishing pole, ranging from 6 to 10 feet in length.

It also has a handle and reel attached to it, making it more like a traditional rod and reel. A fishing pole, on the other hand, is usually shorter in length – around 4-5 feet – and has no attached reel or handle.


Fishing rods come in a variety of styles depending on what type of fish you’re trying to catch. For example, you may use a casting rod for catching larger game fish like bass or trout, while an ultralight rod could be used for smaller fish such as panfish. Fishing poles, however, are typically more versatile and can be used for multiple types of fish.


Fishing rods are generally used when casting out into deeper waters where it’s difficult to reach with a standard pole. They also provide more power when reeling in larger fish due to the added length and leverage generated by the handle and reel. Fishing poles are best suited for shallow waters where you can easily reach your Target without having to cast out too far.


Ultimately, when choosing between a fishing rod or pole it comes down to personal preference as well as what type of fish you plan on catching. Fishing rods provide greater power when reeling in larger game while poles can be better suited for shallow water Targets.

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Lindsay Collins