While not a new trend, the number of technique-specific rods has never been higher. We have drop-shot rods, jerkbait rods, spinnerbait rods, jigging rods, and more. On one hand, this makes it easy for you to pick the right rod for the job. But don’t fall for the idea that you need a different one for every application. A certain dropshot rod may well fish a Senko to perfection, and vice versa. Many bass rods also make great walleye rods, and most muskie rods are deadly in the hands of any catfish hunter. —M.M.