Fishing Rod Buying Guide There isn't to be an expert angler to enjoy fishing, however, you won't get far without the proper equipment — above all, the proper fishing rod. The main items to consider when selecting a rod are where you will end up fishing (lakes, rivers, streams etc.), the kind of fish you're after, and the kind of lure you will end up using. The difference in rods drop to length, weight (a measure of the rod's strength), and action (how far it will bend before its willing to spring back). Casting Rods Casting rods, also referred to as spin cast rods, are made to hold a casting reel which will be mounted above the handle. Casting rods are the easiest type of rod to make use of, with a straightforward push-button line release for casting and an enclosed "nosecone" where in fact the line comes out from the reel. They are also the most affordable type of fishing rod, so a great selection for first-time anglers. Casting rods are ideal for most kinds of lake and river fishing. They are typically more powerful than spinning rods as they could use heavier line and handle heavier cover (weeds, rocks etc.). Spinning Rods Unlike casting rods, with a spinning rod the reel hangs under the rod rather than on top. Additionally they require much more technique, as your second and third fingers must straddle the leg of the reel where it attaches to the rod. The main advantage is that it lets you hold the rod in your dominant hand which greatly increases control. Also, getting the weight of the reel hang below the rod produces much more comfortable fishing over extended periods. Spinning rods are a lot better than casting rods for casting light lures or bait as the line can peel from the lime unimpeded by either a nosecone or the friction of a casting rod's reel spool. Spinning rods are widely used for sport fish including bass, trout, pike and walleye. Ultra-Light Rods Originally produced to create more challenge and excitement to landing a fish, ultra-light rods are distinguished by their shorter length, lighter construction and lighter lines. They are commonly used to fish for smaller fish species like trout, bass and other kinds of panfish (fish that suit in the average sized frying pan), although some anglers extend their use to larger size fish as well. The lighter fishing line and small-sized bait are less inclined to scare away smaller fish, so that they tend to get more small fish bites on average than other rods. Typical bait choices for an ultra-light rod are small spinners, wet flies, tubes or plastic worms.