Choosing the best Compound Rod for you

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Choosing the best Compound Rod for you

Here are a number of questions you need to consider to choose the best Compound Rod for you. (NOTE: Since the fly rod is the most sold this is looked at from that angle. The same plans hold true for the spin and bait rods as well.)

Questions to consider:

1. What is the heaviest line that you normally use?

2. How big are the fish you go after?

3. How much of a challenge do you like when fighting a fish?

4. Do you fish close to home, or travel a lot to fish? If you travel, how do you travel? (Drive or fly)

5. Do you like to be controversial or conventional?

Answers to consider:

1. If you normally use a 3 weight line you don't need, or want, the Heavy 5-11 weight rod. By the same token, if you usually use a 9 weight line don't even think about the Light 1-7 weight rod. For the spin and bait rods think along the lines of 5 lb test versus 30 lb test.

2. If you are usually catching fish in the 2 pounds, or less, size you don't need a Heavy 5-11 and, of course, if you are normally catching fish in 30+ pound range you don't want a Light 1-7. Again, in the spin and bait rods you don't need a 20 lb. capacity rod if you are just going after 2 pounders, but it can be nice to have if you unexpectedly hook a 20 pounder.

3. This is in conflict to #2, but let's look at the variables.

If you have a great deal of expertise at fighting fish, and really like to feel you are on the brink of disaster based on their size, you could probably go after the big ones with a Light 1-7. One of the better parts about the Compound Rods is, because of their sensitivity, even a small fish can feel like a big one when you're fighting it.

If you are not that experienced, at playing fish, you may want to go the other direction and get the rod with a higher rating than you think you really need. If you are going after 5 pound or less fish, and want to be in total control, a Medium 3-9 would work just fine. Again, the sensitivity will let you know when a little 3 incher touches that nymph, but you'll have all of the power you need to work the 20 pounders. This holds true in the 20 lb rated spin and bait rods too.

4. This question is for consideration of whether you would be best served with a 2 piece or a 4 piece Compound Rod. (NOTE: Some of the Spin and Bait are available in 2 piece rods while some are less than 5' in length.)

If most of your fishing is done close to home, or you drive to where you fish, then a 2 piece should work just fine. The broken down storage size of the rod here is not as important as it is to the size that works best when flying or backpacking. If you fly a lot, or backpack, you might want to consider just the 4 piece rods.

It's really pretty easy when you think about it. Just check out the lengths of the rods broken down for storage. This will give you a better idea of how to choose the whether a 2 or a 4 piece might best fit your needs.

5. This is based on the Bayonet vs the In-line models of the rods. If you like to meet people, and enjoy watching their facial expressions when you tell them what that tip is all about, then the Bayonet is just fine. If you are "aesthetically challenged", and want a more conventional appearing rod but still prefer having the unconventional performance, then look at the In-line models. (The fun part about the In-line is you can impress your friends with the casting and catching you do without them knowing you have an advantage. Also note that most of the bayonet models are no longer being produced, except in the rods that are only workable using that method, and are only available thru Special Order.)

The Compound Rods, just like any other rods, each have their own "personality" regarding how they "feel" when working them. They all have the same levels of sensitivity, the same ease in casting and the same ability in fighting the fish, dependent on rod rating.

Now, one more big question regarding how you choose the right rod. How sensitive is your casting hand?

This makes some difference in choosing the right rod because, depending on the rod, some will feel soft, some medium and some stiff. Probably the best thing to do here is email or call me, let me know the type of rod you currently use, is it slow, medium or fast, if that rod is the best you have found for your hand and just what you are looking for. With that in mind I hope to "diagnose" your casting well enough to make a recommendation on which rod would suit you to the best level possible.

If you didn't find what you were looking for here you may want to stop by the FAQ's page and read thru that. If you have a good question, not addressed here or there, email it to me and I'll send it back with my answer. If it's a real good one I may add it in to help others find what they may be looking for in answers.

So, final answer to the question, which one is best for you? The Compound Rod that is aimed at the biggest fish you usually go after. All of the rods can feel anything smaller, but the line ratings tell you how big you can go after with any model of Fly, Spin or Bait Compound Rod.

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