Fishing Rod Materials Explained

In the old times, fishing rods were usually made of wood or steel. Since then, the way of rod production has changed a lot. Nowadays, we have a wide choice of various fishing rods made of graphite, fiberglass, or a combination of both materials. 

But what’s the difference? Which one is the best? In this article, we’ll discover all three types of fishing rods and discuss the pros and cons of each of them. 

Fiberglass fishing rods

Fiberglass is a highly flexible material. That’s why rods made of it are weaker and not really sensitive. If you prefer to angle a big fish, a fiberglass rod can be not your choice. However, for beginners, such rods are perfect. They are the least expensive and more durable than graphite models.

Fiberglass rods are usually slow- or medium-action rods. The slow action of the rod tip gives fish more of an opportunity to get the bait before you pull it away from the fish.

Graphite fishing rods

Graphite fishing rods tend to be the most expensive choice on the market nowadays. They are the most sensitive and the most powerful when it comes to lifting weight. They also have the fastest action.

The sensitivity of graphite rods allows you to detect strikes easier and the stiffness of the rods produces stronger hook sets. With less flex in the material, graphite rods are rated as fast or extra-fast action.

Composite fishing rods

As you might already guess, these fishing rods are made of a mix of graphite and fiberglass. The combination of materials makes these rods more sensitive than fiberglass but less powerful than graphite when lifting heavy fish. 

Composite fishing rods are the best choice if versatility is what you are looking for in an inshore rod. Plus, this is a middle price segment, they are not as expensive as graphite ones.  

We wish you to find your best rod and hope that this information will make your choice easier. You can start your search by browsing through our selection of high-quality rods right away! 

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