Roy's Bait & Tackle Outfitters' on Selecting the Right Rods - The Bend Magazine

Roy’s Bait & Tackle Outfitters’ on Selecting the Right Rods

A good fishing rod is the foundation of your fishing success, here's a guide to which fishing rod is right for you

Photography by Rachel Benavides

The options can be overwhelming when deciding which fishing rod to go with, as different builds of rods come in various lengths and materials. Regardless of the type of fishing you pursue, a good fishing rod is the foundation of your fishing success. Roy’s Bait and Tackle Outfitters lend us their expertise on the topic.

Spinning Rods

Spinning rods are excellent general models for beginners and commonly utilized for pier fishing and kayak fishing. Their versatility and light weight make casting easy to master. 

Fly Fishing Rods

Fly rods are preferred among experienced fishers when wading or fly fishing. These flexible and lightweight rods are ideal when casting fly fishing lines with light lures. A forewarning: This rod takes time and practice to master, as well as a decent amount of space when casting.

Surf Casting Rods

These rods come in different sizes and thicknesses to support the variety of large gamefish often caught at sea. Generally, surf casting rods are built long to enhance casting distance and are made with durable materials to withstand rough waves and sturdy fish. 

Boat Fishing Rods

Although most offshore charters provide fishing equipment as part of your reservation, boat rods are specially designed to catch big fish. Short in length, these rods are typically stout and heavy for added strength when pulling up a deep-sea catch. 

Ready to get out on the water? Check out Choosing Your Bait and Tackle or 5 Best Coastal Bend Fishing Piers.