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Fishing Rod Action, All You Need To Know

Updated: Dec 16, 2023

When selecting a new rod there are a few properties to consider. One of these properties is the action. Rod action can be anywhere from slow to extra-fast; but what does this mean? The rod action refers to how quickly the rod provides resistance when pulled on from the line. In other words it's the bend point of the rod. Above the bend point (tip end) has very little stiffness and below the bend has all the stiffness based on the power of the rod.

You may be wondering why this matters at all. There are a few reasons why anglers should consider the rod action they are using while fishing. Extra-fast rods, which have a bend point near the tip are very sensitive. Fish barely need to move before you feel it. On the other hand slow action rods need the fish to move much more before you feel it! With this in mind there are a few techniques where you would want one behaviour over another.

Finesse fishing, where you are expecting subtle bites, or fishing in heavy cover where you need all the leverage possible are best suited with extra-fast rods. Using search baits like crankbaits or inline spinners on the other hand where you are already moving a bait and the fish need to attack it aggressively will benefit from the slow

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action rod which allows the fish to get it fully in its mouth before there is tension and it pops out of its mouth.

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