7 Tips For Choosing A High-Quality Inshore Spinning Rod
By: Tony Acevedo on December 9, 2019
Looking to get a new fishing rod?
You can do all the research you want, but if you pick out a defective rod from the store, it will not work as well as you think, and it may even break easily.
In this video, I’ll break down exactly how to choose an inshore spinning rod from the store so you can avoid accidentally picking a defective rod.
Plus, I’ll share some tips on what makes a good saltwater fishing rod, and how to maintain it so that it lasts a long time.
Choosing An Inshore Spinning Rod [VIDEO]
If you want to pick out a high-quality rod, follow these seven tips:
1. Make sure the guides are straight
You don’t want guides that are out of alignment, as that will put pressure on them, which could cause them to break.
2. Make sure the first guide is lined up with reel seat
If your reel doesn’t line up with the first guide, that will put extra pressure on it.
One tip to do this is to bring your reel to the store, set it in the seat, and make sure it’s pointing right towards the first guide.
If you can’t, or didn’t bring your reel, ask to use another one in the store.
3. Make sure your reel seat is centered
Defective rods may have the reel sitting off-center in the seat.
4. Make sure no guides are bent
5. Inspect guides for cracks and gaps
Make sure the guides and inserts are not cracked and there are no gaps between the rod and the guides.
Gaps could make the guide weaker or allow water to get into the rod and rust from inside out.
Pro tip: use a q-tip or cotton swab to check for cracks in the inserts.
Also, make sure that the guide inserts are there.
I’ve purchased reels in the past that were missing inserts.
6. Make sure there are no cracks or chips in the rod
This will cause the rod to break eventually, especially if it’s made of carbon or graphite.
You can use cotton swab here too to check for cracks, or just use your fingertip.
7. Make sure the rod is straight
If a rod is stored in a bent position for a while, that can cause it to permanently take that shape.
Tip for effective rod guides:
Smaller guides are more ideal than larger guides.
This will choke the line quicker, control coils off of the spool, and lead to longer, more accurate casts.
If you follow these tips, you’re way less likely to bring home a defective rod.
And if you wash and dry it after every fishing trip, it’ll last a long time.
Now all of these tips go for picking out any rod in the store.
If you want to see our reviews of specific brands and types of rods, check out our rod review page here.
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