So You Want To Start Fishing? – Getting Started With Your First Rod And Reel

More and more people are taking up angling each year and it has become one of the most popular participatory pastimes globally. For beginners to the hobby, two simple factors are important: what sort of fishing do I want to do? How much do I need to spend? The beginner can only answer the first question for himself; the answer to the second is that cost need not be prohibitive; short of tying a bent pin to a piece of string, and the string to a length of wood, the simple need is for a fishing rod.

Fishing Rods For The Beginner

Lake and river fishing are generally where most new fishermen (and women) begin to learn the joy of angling, the relaxing ambience allowing them to fine-tune their new skills before moving into the more difficult skills needed by fly or sea fishing is attempted. The most essential piece of tackle is, of course, the fishing rod. As with most new sports it makes some sense to avoid spending big bucks on a state-of-the-art, all-singing, all-dancing rod until you are sure that you like your new pastime and want to get more serious about it. It does however, make sense to buy a ‘known brand’ (such as Shakespeare). Start with a low-cost rod and when you are sure that fishing is for you, upgrade to a model more suited to your advancing skills.

For freshwater fishing a five to six foot rod is ideal. Although rods are normally made of either fiberglass, bamboo or graphite, general opinion suggests graphite as it tends to be stronger, light, and more reactive. There are many famous fishing rod makers (Shakespeare, Shimano, St Croix, and many others) but for the learner, one of the most popular beginner kits is Shakespeare Ugly Stik Fishing Rod and Reel Combo.

This particular piece of fishing gear comes with the neat advantage for the novice: a rod with a reel supplied which saves money and avoids the need to have to decide on a reel to select from a vast choice available. Popular opinion has it that the extensive Shakespeare Ugly Stik range in general, can help you land fish a lot heavier than the pricing would imply.

You can look forward to a whole new world of hours of enjoyment, whichever fishing tackle you select.

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