Buy­ers' ad­vice

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Squad -

1 If it’s at all pos­si­ble, try the rod be­fore you buy. In­deed, if you at­tend a game fair or fish­ing show, you can do what many an­glers do. Put your reel with the line you use the most in your pocket, then try all the rods that take your fancy, us­ing your own line so that you know you’re get­ting a proper feel of the rod. Some­times you’ll even get a good deal at a show, which will more than cover the cost of en­try. 2 Re­search rods in the price range you are pre­pared to pay. Read the re­views, go on­line to see what oth­ers have to say. Do any of your ac­quain­tances have one of the rods you’re con­sid­er­ing? Do­ing a lit­tle re­search will of­ten pay con­sid­er­able div­i­dends. Of course, all of this de­pends on whether you want a rod for fish­ing with or one that you just want to brag about, in which case none of the pre­vi­ous ap­plies! 3 Don’t be in a rush. Take the time to try the dif­fer­ent brands and mod­els. Af­ter a while you might have tried up­wards of half a dozen rods and one of them will be a stand­out to you. It might not be the most ex­pen­sive, in which case you will have saved some money. On the other hand it can go the other way, when a rod which you con­sid­ered out of your price range is just so right and you just had to have it! Truth­fully, my 9ft 5wt is such a rod and I’m not telling how much it cost in case my wife reads this! It hap­pens. 4 Con­sider what the rod will be used for. Do you mainly fish small fish­eries with an oc­ca­sional foray to a reser­voir for a bit of bank fish­ing? About 75% of my fly-fish­ing is just this style th­ese days. Year round I fish a 9ft 6wt rod and it works ever so well. Dur­ing the warmer months my 9ft 5wt gets an air­ing as well, es­pe­cially if I see some dry fly or sur­face ac­tiv­ity. On the big reser­voirs off the bank I some­times strug­gle a bit, and a 9ft 6in rod would most likely be a bet­ter choice. But I like my 6wt, so I strug­gle a bit some­times. Is this a wor­ried man? When my pal Dave Mal­pas gives me a shout, we get the 10ft boat rods out and hit the boats at Blag­don, Chew and some of the Midland reser­voirs. Dave uses a 7wt rod and I stick with my 6wts, fish­ing Di­awl Bachs and Buzzers in the sur­face!

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