Fishing Tips

How to Choose a Fishing Rod for Beginners

Picking the perfect fishing reel might be a daunting task when you’ve no knowledge about the stuff. Especially, if you’re just starting to like fishing.

The right reel is the cornerstone of a pleasant fishing experience. With the right rod on your side, you can increase your chance of actually catching a fish, or at least can enjoy a smooth fishing time. But as mentioned earlier, probably you can’t tell the difference between a right tool from the wrong kind for your task. That’s why I came up with this how to choose a fishing rod for beginners guide. You will find everything you need to know to pick the right equipment for fishing after reading this article.

How should beginners choose a fishing rod?

There are various things you first need to sort before getting your fishing rod. Here below, you will learn about all those things so that you can pick the right tool for the job.

Water type: Fishing rods are built for two types of water. One is for the freshwater fishing. The other one is for saltwater fishing. If you’re looking to fish during free time in nearby ponds and lakes, then freshwater fishing gear will perfectly suit you. However, you can’t use that for saltwater fishing. Why? Because of the corrosion factor. Those gears will get damaged in no time as they won’t withstand salty water. That’s why you require using a saltwater fishing rod. They are expensive but perfect for any kind of fishing.

Rod Action: The flexibility of the cane is another important aspect while choosing a fishing rod. The bending of the rods provides different speed. The fast action rods slightly bend on the top region, while the slow action rods will bend almost from the top to the lower third of its body. Quick action rods responses better while fishing but slower action rods will provide little more distance while casting.

Resistance: The resistance of a fishing rod is determined by the strength to hold the lines. Always use proper lines according to the resistance of your rod. For instance, a fishing rod for bass or soft-water fishing will require heavier lines.

Types of fishing rods: There are different types of fishing rods in the market. Spinning, flyfishing and many others.

  • The spinning rods are launched and collected to lure frequently. This type of rods is generally lightweight. That is why you get more throwing accuracy and less fatigue using it.
  • Next is surfcasting rods. These are used on the shores in beaches. Therefore, this type of rods is longer than others. Plus, they are corrosion proof.
  • And the last popular fishing rode is flyfishing. Perfect for catching fish in Riverside. They are lightweight, comfortable to control and have a smaller grip.

Rod Material: Your rods material is as relevant as any other factor mentioned here. If it is constructed using a rigid material, then it will last forever, but you’ve also to make sure it provides enough flexibility for a better fishing experience. Here are the types of fishing rods material you’ll encounter in the marketplace.

  • Fiberglass: Most modern fishing rods are constructed using fiberglass. It is a very popular material in many fishing equipments.
  • Graphite: Lightweight and high resistance. A material used by many fishermen. It isn’t as popular as it used to be. Still, some people prefer this over others.
  • Bamboo: For many centuries, rods were built using bamboo. And still today, you can find rods made from rebuilt bamboo.

However, fiberglass should be your top pick. They are more efficient and has better-built quality. Not that expensive too.


At the end of the day, it depends on the fisherman’s preference. Some beginners with the budget might go for the best fishing rod in the market. But it’s better to learn the curves with a starter rod and get your way up from there. And hopefully, my how to choose fishing rods beginners guide will be enough to help you find the right tool according to your experience level.

Fisherman Gift, 6 Ideas They Will Love?

Looking for some fisherman gift ideas? Most non-fisherman do not even know where to start looking. I mean, if they fish, they probably have everything they need, right? Well today, we will cover some gift ideas that should go over good with any fisherman.

What Type of Fishing Do They Like?

Knowing what type of fisherman you are buying for will make your quest much easier. Do they trout fish, are they enjoy bass fishing, nighttime catfishing, big water ocean fishing? Knowing what type of fishing they do can help you narrow your search down so you can find something not only cool but something they will actually use. Below you will find suggestions for multiple fisherman gift ideas.

I’m sure these ideas will help you get the ideas flowing. If not, has some more unique fishing gifts that you may find helpful.

Gift for a Fisherman

Frogg Toggs

Frogg Toggs are a light weight set of rain gear that any fisherman would love. Every person who fishes can tell you a story about being out in the rain. I can tell you from first hand experience that it is miserable fishing in the rain. I know I wished I would have had these many of times. We now not only have one set, but two! One lightweight pair for fishing in the summer and a heaver pair for hunting in the winter.

Why I like them

If you get the cheaper light weight Frogg Toggs, they can with a small storage bag that makes easy to store and throw in your tackle box. They fit easily over your clothes and can be put on over your shoes without needing to take them off. Frogg Toggs are also breathable so you can stay cool and not overheat making the situation even worse.

Tackle Fanny Pack

Yea, I know what you are thinking, “didn’t fanny packs go out in the 80’s?”. Well maybe for tourists, but they can come in real handy if you fish. This fisherman gift idea is for the person who likes fly fishing or fishes plastics (fake bait/lures) where they are always swapping out their rubber baits. Just make sure you get one that is made for fishing. It’s funny, one buddy kinda busted my chops about using it one time. After seeing that I had more time with a wet line, he ended up having one the next time we went out. I of course didn’t say anything (yea right!)…

What I like about them

I like that I always have extra worms or whatever I’m using on my hip with easy access at all times. When I catch a fish (or loose one), I can swap out my torn up lure without needing to dig through my tackle box. I also like these is plenty of space to keep extra hooks, a pair of multi-tool pliers (see below) and my cell phone.

A Good Multi-Tool Plier

No matter what you fish for, a good multi-tool is a must for any fisherman. Most people like myself have always used a cheap multi-tool or always carry a pair of pliers, a knife, etc with them. A cheap multi-tool is not only junk that may last a year, they can also be dangerous. I have personally had the knife rotate out in my pocket and cut myself when I went to place my hand in to grab it. I suggest using a good brand like Gerber (pictured above) or a Leatherman. Both are very well known for quality and can be purchased for under $60.

What I like about them

I like that I can have access to pliers and a knife on my belt or in my fanny pack at the ready. Also, always having a screw driver, small saw and file on me at all times in case it is needed. I also like that all the tools and blades lock open and closed for safety reasons unlike the cheaper brands.

Waterproof-Floating Phone Case

Photo Credit: Amazon

A waterproof floating phone case is something I bet most fisherman do not have. The case above is designed to hold many different type of phones. It will not only protect a phone that hits the water but it will also float. What’s the purpose of have a waterproof phone if it at the bottom of a lake! You may just a get a call one day thanking you for this one with a story about how you saved their $1,000 phone along with priceless photos, contacts, etc. The best part of this gift is depending on what you get is very cheap. The one in the photo above is under $10 shipped, making this a great fisherman gift idea.

What I like about it

I like that my investment, photos, contacts, basically my life is protected.


Handheld GPS

Photo: Amazon

This fisherman gift idea may or may not be for you, but it is worth considering. A GPS unit serves a couple purposes. 1. It gives you a map of your area. This can come in handy if you are navigating new waters. and can also help you if you get lost. You can also bring up your longitude and latitude to send to help in case you break down.  2. You can mark locations.

This is my favorite part, a fisherman can mark honey holes/good fishing spots so they can come back the next time they are in the area. I’m sure most people who fish can tell you about a sweet spot they could not keep their line in the water but also say, it has been a couple years and wish I could remember how to get there. A GPS a can solve that issue. If you find a spot worth revisiting, you can mark it within the GPS and get directions to it at any time. Handheld fishing GPS’s come in many price ranges. I suggest checking multiple brands and making your decision on the offered options. A color GPS is nice but will cost more and may not be needed for what they will be using it for.

Smart Phone vs GPS

Something to keep in mind is smart phones can do most things a GPS can do. This gift might not be for you if you get good service everywhere you fish. A fishing GPS unit may be for you if you do not get good service in spots or if the person is not that savvy with smart phones.

Smart phones work off cell towers, these signals get blocked. Think about how often you are out of range on a daily bases in the real world. Now think how bad your service might be while out on the water.

What I like

I like that I can mark honey holes and don’t have to worry about remembering how to get there. I also like that I have that extra peace of mind that I can get my exact location in an emergency and that it doesn’t work off cell towers.

Cigars While Fishing

Not the common gift idea for a fisherman but just like golfing, cigars go hand in hand with fishing. Many people love to have a stogie while out on the water, I know I do. Even if the person you buy for doesn’t smoke, a couple good cigars may be an idea. I don’t know too many guys that would not enjoy a nice cigar while out fishing.

This gift choice would be best for people who troll, like n the ocean or trolling for stripe bass or walleye. It may not be a good choice for people whole fish with lures for bass, crappie, etc. Though, they can enjoy them when not fishing. has some good reviews that help you decide what they might like.

Final Thoughts

I really hope that the above gave you some great ideas on finding a useful gift for a fisherman. If none of the above gets you excited, just keep an open mind. Think about what can make the persons trip easier. Think about what happens when out fishing and something that can help with the tasks. From weather related clothing, to tools, to comfort. I’m sure you will find the perfect fisherman gift they will love!

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