Fishing Rod Power vs. Action (How To Choose The Right Rod For You)
Picking out a fishing rod can be confusing with the different power ratings and action…
What do those terms even mean?
And to make it more confusing, there’s no real standard to power and action, so one medium power rod might be equivalent to a heavy power rod in another brand.
So how can you pick the right rod for you?
In this video, you’ll learn what the definitions of power and action are when it comes to fishing rods, what you want to look for in a rod, and how to do the “feel test” to see how a rod stacks up against others.
Check it out below.
Power vs. Action Explained [VIDEO]
Power is the measure of how much force it takes to bend the rod.
When you’re fishing with artificial lures, you’ll want a rod that’s on the stiffer side so that you can get a good hook set and have enough power to bring in the fish.
Usually, you’ll want a medium-heavy rod, but it could be medium or heavy, depending on the brand.
For instance, one of my favorite rods is the Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Series.
I like to get the medium power model.
On the other hand, the G Loomis E6X heavy power rod feels just like the Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Series medium power rod.
Now, let’s talk about action.
Action is where in the rod does the bend happen.
A fast action rod means that only the top part of the rod will bend, whereas a slow or moderate action rod might start bending more towards the middle part of the rod.
A fly fishing rod is the ultimate slow action rod example because the whole rod flexes to propel the line forward.
Now when it comes to inshore fishing with artificial lures, fast action is better because it can help you cast farther, you’ll feel the bite better, and you’ll get better hook sets.
And just like power, there’s no real standard for action ratings among different brands.
But as an example, the only part of my Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Series fast action rod that bends is just the top 25%, so you’ll want to look for a rod that has similar action.
How To Choose The Right Rod For You
To choose the best rod for you, here are two options:
Option 1: Do the feel test
If you’re in a store, put the rod tip down on the floor and bend it.
You’ll be able to feel how much pressure it takes to bend the rod compared to others (to get a good idea of the power of the rod), and you’ll be able to see where in the rod it starts to bend (to get a good idea of the action of the rod).
Option 2: Check out our recommendations
Since this can be a confusing (and expensive) decision, we’ve reviewed a ton of rods to show you which brands and models we like, and which ratings we like for them.
We don’t accept sponsorships from any of these companies (we’re fully supported by our Insider Club) so we’re free to give you unbiased reviews so that you can get the best equipment for your money.
See all of our rod reviews here.
And a final note on picking the right rod: don’t put too much stock in the rating, but do make sure that the line you’ll be using fits within the recommendations for the rod.
For example, my Temple Fork Outfitters rod is rated for 6-12 lb. line, and I usually use 10 lb. line with it.
When it comes to fishing rods, power means how much force it takes to bend the rod, and action means where in the rod it starts to bend.
You’ll typically want a medium-heavy rod with a fast action tip, but these ratings vary from brand to brand (and even within different models of a brand), so do the feel test or check out our rod reviews to help decide which rod is best for you.
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