High Quality Rod and Why You Should Have One
by: Jim McFarland , Colorado 12/31/2016
If you’re fishing a lot of crank baits, swim baits and especially plastics, you really need to invest in a high-quality graphite rod. Many will wonder to themselves, if not reply to this blog, and say, “But Why?” My Ugly Stick has served me well for many years. There was a time, those would have been my very words. At the time of this writing, there are 3 Ugly Sticks stacked in the racks of rods behind me.
So then, why? To start with, if you want to increase the number of fish you catch, a good quality rod will do this. Higher quality rods are simply far better designed, not to mention the materials are superior. They will help you stay on the water longer and cover significantly more territory. Again, why? Because a good graphite rod weighs almost nothing. And at the end of a long day this will add up to more casts, thereby covering more water. You’re probably thinking, but the difference is only a few ounces. Ask any hunter what a difference a few ounces make carrying a gun in the field all day.
The first time I truly realized what a difference a high-quality rod makes was fishing some plastics at Pueblo Reservoir. Bottom bouncing a craw imitation in some water with both rocks and vegetation I was overcome with an epiphany. I could literally FEEL the structure, every little bump and nuance. Then, it happened a bite! A bite so light it could barely be felt but there was no doubt what it was. A fish had picked up the lure and then dropped it. I immediately wondered how many bites had happened over the years that I was never aware of.
This level of sensitivity can only be found in your better rods. Have you noticed no brand of rod has been mentioned of yet? That’s because there are lots of great brands of rods out there. You do not have to spend a ton of money to get a great rod anymore. For Example, the Bass Pro Johnny Morris Signature series rods are excellent and currently on sale for about $130. Only mention these because they are rods I am familiar with.
Think of a better rod this way. How many of you work with tools? Whether it be a mechanic or a chef. Your tools are your livelihood. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but better tools make for better work! They simply make your life easier and more productive. Take me for example, having worked in the Information Technology field my entire life, having to work with a slow computer makes me GRUMPY. Lol
So, is it worth the investment? Because $130 is still a lot of money to some folks. You better believe it is. One of the rods in my arsenal is a St Croix Legend Extreme and it near caused me heart failure to buy it. When I did, my thinking was it was only going to be used in the most pleasant of weather conditions and then rarely taken out of the garage if you will. LOL Well, that thinking turned out completely wrong. It is probably my favorite rod and certainly the one that goes with me the most. I let my friend Kev-O use it once and he managed to catch a nice greenback. When he returned it to me he enthusiastically said, “I could feel the fish hit before it hit!”
Rods have become a passion for me and there are many different brands and variations in the rod racks in my man cave. There are some I’m not sure cost me $5 and are essentially willow sticks with eyes. Having used low quality gear for most of my life now make me fully appreciate what a difference the high-quality gear makes in terms of my enjoyment and my success.
This blog is meant to whet your appetite and hope you have many questions to ask. I will gladly answer them to the best of my ability.
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slipperyfish, CO 12/31/2016 6:28:45 PM
I totally agree with you Jim. If you can't afford one, some companies offer refurbished rods or start with a better quality than you a presently using and work up from there. Happy fishing!!!
lackskill, CO 12/31/2016 6:50:45 PM
Good article Jim. I've only managed one good rod so far but only partly because I managed to get great deals on 3 daiwa reels. If rod deals like this came along, I'd probably be divorced...
Kev-o, CO 12/31/2016 7:03:22 PM
Good equipment and mediocre equipment is a night and day difference. I do have our friend Jim to thank for hooking me up with that really nice g loomis walleye rod that started me on my addiction of owning better gear. Now I care if my rods gets broken lol. If you're serious about fishing I definitely recommend you check out a good quality rod and reel they're a little pricey but you won't regret your decision.
Jim McFarland (anglerwannabe), CO 1/1/2017 2:38:27 PM
Thank you guys. That's great advice Slippery, I hadn't even thought of refurbished. Bass Pro's Spring sale is also a great time.. you can trade in an old rod and get up to $100 towards a new rod. Lackskill - I'm not divorced cuz The Boss likes to fish. Whenever any of you run into Kev-O, you should ask him about the time he dropped his walleye rod. lol
opencage, CO 1/6/2017 7:07:43 AM
Yup, rods are great. I remember thinking, "Oh, I'll never need more than two rods." Well that's long gone now, fly, ice, and spinning rods. The best thing to do is ask for BPS (or wherever) cards and save them up to buy the good stuff. Thanks Jim.