Choosing the right fishing rod length is one of the most important factors to consider when you decide to buy a fishing rod. Combined with the other factors like the material used, weight, action, reel, handle, etc., picking a rod from so many might seem daunting at first. But, it is not so different from buying the right pair of training canvass: you need to purchase what you are very comfortable with.
That said, the fishing rod length is also determined by a number of other factors. For instance, the length of the rod would depend on where you want to fish, the size of the boat and to a lesser extent, the type fish you want to catch.
Give or take a foot, fishing rods can start out at about 4 feet and go up to about 14 feet. But the average length of most rods lies between the 6 – 8 feet range.
Obviously, with longer rods, one is able to cast greater distances. Any competent angler knows that longer rods are awesome for walking baits, deep diving crankbaits and many forms of power fishing involving reaction baits.
If you want to fish in salt water from a pier, longer rods is recommended because of the distance you have to cover to reach various parts of the water.
Longer fishing rods also allow you to have more control over the fish. With longer rods, the longer length acts as a sort of ‘shock absorber’ as the fish struggles with you. This simply means you experience less stress when reeling a struggling fish in.
Other reasons you might want to opt for a longer fishing rod include:
- They provide more power due to their relative weight
- You can use harder hook sets
- You would have better lure presentation in small streams
Shorter rods are designed for accuracy when you don’t need to cast over a long distance. Think narrow places with lots of trees overhead, rocks, docks, etc.
The best example of getting the best out of a shorter rod is when you go jig-fishing. All things being equal, a jig is all about vertical, jerky motions while fishing. Here, a fishing rod of about 6 feet would be ideal for best results. This length allows you to have complete control over your jigging especially if you intend to fish all day long.
If transportation is a problem for you, short fishing rod length is the way to go since they are easier to assemble, less heavy, and therefore, not cumbersome to carry around.
Also, if you prefer trolling by attaching your rod to a moving boat across the water, short rods are the way to go.
Height as a factor in choosing fishing rod length
A common newbie mistake in choosing fishing rod length is thinking one’s height plays a crucial role. The false logic is simply this: tall people should choose longer rods while short people are advised to buy shorter rods.
This is a myth. Unlike, for instance, golf clubs where your height is a decisive factor in choosing your clubs, fishing rod length has little to do with the user’s height.
Mobility of the rod is another factor to consider. You want to buy a rod that would fit easily into your car or fits well in a fish rod holder
What matters as already stated is the type of fishing you want to do, where you want to do it. It is all about pitching, casting and lure presentation when it comes to the length you decide to settle on.
However, no matter what length you finally settle on, make sure the fishing rod feels comfortable in your hands.