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NewTemple Fork Outfitters Seahunter Spinning Rod
Temple Fork Outfitters Seahunter Sp...
4 Models available
NewShimano SpeedMaster Surf Casting Rod
Shimano SpeedMaster Surf Casting Rod
Reach distances that are unheard of when you fish with the Shimano SpeedMaster Surf Casting Rod! This surf rod was designed to help anglers cast farther into deeper waters while remaining on the shoreline. Incredible strength, sensitivity, and lightness was built into this powerful rod. The extended length of this rod also produces the optimal lure action so you're never ignored by bluefish, redfish, snook, or tarpon. Outfitted with a custom long cast guide spacing, your line will fly off the ro...
NewShimano SpeedMaster Surf Spinning Rod
Shimano SpeedMaster Surf Spinning Rod
6 Models available
When you fish with the Shimano SpeedMaster Surf Spinning Rod, you can handle anything that swims along the coast! This surf rod was designed to help anglers cast farther into deeper waters while remaining safely on the shore. Incredible strength, sensitivity, and lightness was built into this powerful rod so you can reach unmatched distances. Featuring custom long cast guide spacing, your line will fly off the rod with ease, letting you accurately and quickly cast farther than you ever thought p...
NewEcho Carbon XL Euro Nymph Fly Rod
Echo Carbon XL Euro Nymph Fly Rod
2 Models available
Ideal for any style of nymphing, dry flies, or lake fishing, the Echo Carbon XL Euro Nymph Fly Rod is an inexpensive introduction to Euro Nymphing. With competition levels of excellence and performance, this rod is ready and capable of handling any requirements you need for trout fishing. The Echo Carbon XL Euro Nymph Fly Rod is ideal for nymph enthusiasts the world over but is still well armed and ready to handle dries or indicators when the conditions require it.
Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Fly Rod
Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Fly Rod
3 Models available
The Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Fly Rod is an innovative, dynamic, and versatile rod that is fun to go fishing with. This rod gets its power from a deep loading bottom section to give it a balance between loop control and speed. The Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Fly Rod is the ideal fly rod that has a sleek matte grey finish to reduce unnecessary flash.
Shimano Sensilite Casting Rod
Shimano Sensilite Casting Rod
For a high-end feel at an affordable price, try the new Shimano Sensilite Casting Rod! Built with a 24-ton graphite blank, this casting rod is lightweight and super sensitive, enabling you to feel subtle nibbles you may have missed before. The Sensilite is equipped with a high-quality split grip handle and aluminum oxide guides. Perfect for casting small jigs and plugs, the Shimano Sensilite Casting Rod is your best option for targeting panfish and crappie.
Shimano Sensilite Spinning Rod
Shimano Sensilite Spinning Rod
4 Models available
When you need a lightweight and ultra-sensitive rod, use the new Shimano Sensilite Spinning Rod! Constructed with a 24-ton graphite blank and a high-quality split grip handle, the Sensilite enables you to feel the softest bites when you're targeting panfish or crappie. This spinning rod is ideal for casting small jigs and plugs. Feel the difference with the Shimano Sensilite Spinning Rod!

At a Glance: Fishing Rods

A fishing rod is a stick-like piece of fishing equipment used by an angler to manage and control fishing line, which is stored on a fishing reel and mounted to the rod. Fishing rods range in size from 18 inches up to 20 feet and can be built with exact specifications and characteristics for specialized uses. Fishing rods have been around for thousands of years in crude forms, made from any readily available wood, becoming increasingly sophisticated as materials and technology advance. Bamboo became the material of choice for producing lighter and more flexible fishing rods, and remains an option for nostalgic fishermen and rod manufacturers today. Modern fishing rods are constructed from fiberglass, graphite, or carbon fiber in the never ending pursuit of strength, sensitivity, and durability in lightweight configurations.

The main part of a fishing rod is the blank, which is the rod or sections of a rod without any added parts. Blanks are rated for power and action. Power relates to the strength of the fishing rod in reference to the weight of lures, as well as the fish they can handle. A heavy fishing rod not only allows an angler to throw a heavier lure than a medium fishing rod, but it can withstand more of a fight when trying to land or control a strong, heavy fish. Action is in reference to the flexibility of the blank, in both casting and on the hookset. A fast action fishing rod will pull fast and tight on the line for a quicker hookset, and a slow action rod will have a softer, almost delayed hookset. Longer rods can act as shock absorbers when fighting strong fish with light lines, whereas shorter rods with heavier lines offer greater leverage for maximum control and strength.

Components attached to a fishing rod blank include the handle, reel seat, hook keeper, and line guides. Line guides are small loops or rings permanently attached to the blank at specific intervals to guide the line to and from the reel. They also force the rod to bend as pressure from the terminal tackle or a hooked fish increases. Some fishing rods have plain cork or foam handles where the reel is mounted in place by use of sliding rings or tape. Most fishing rods feature permanent reel seats to attach the reel at a specific point on the handle. The location of the reel seat can drastically affect the leverage and comfort for an angler while casting and retrieving line, and while fighting a fish. Hook keepers are small loops on some fishing rods, and are designed to have a lure or hook temporarily held in place for travel or storage.

Fishing rods are manufactured for specific techniques and species of fish, as well as for use in freshwater or saltwater. The rod models available at FishUSA include spinning rods, casting rods, trolling rods, offshore rods, surf rods, fly rods and spey rods, centerpin rods and ice fishing rods. Travel and pack-rod versions of some of these rod types are also available for the angler on the go. Rods can be made in one-piece configurations which give the greatest strength and sensitivity, or in multiple pieces for ease of travel and storage. Many fishing rods over five feet in length are available in two to six piece models. Modern materials used for ferrules allow fishing rods with multiple sections to be nearly as strong and as sensitive as one-piece rods. While some rods can perform well as an all-around fishing rod, the modern angler can shop for the perfect fishing rod for their preferred style and budget.

The top five brands of rods at FishUSA are Okuma, Daiwa, Shakespeare, St. Croix and 13 Fishing.