What are the different types of fishing rods?- One for every day of the week.

This is a brief summary of the different types of fishing rods available along with some interesting information as to how fishing became a sport.


How it all started

The earliest known writings about the sport began in Fourteen ninety-six. A noblewoman and prioress of the Sopwell Nunnery, Dame Juliana Berners, wrote: “Here begynnyth a treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle.” Her book was very comprehensive in the how-to and etiquacy of field sport and virtues of environmental preservation. These concepts would not be commonly accepted for hundreds of years after the publication.

Many different types of fishing rods and reels have evolved from the ideas and concepts written in Berner’s publication.

Amateur or seasonal anglers have a multitude of destinations to choose from. Places such as on the lake in the summer to ice fishing that same lake in the winter. Fishing from the shoreline of the beaches to fishing off of a boat in the ocean.

The seven types of fishing rods, one for every day of the week


Casting Rods

Baitcaster rod
Caster rod

Casting rods are harder to learn and master and are used mostly by the seasoned anglers. They are available in a multitude of sizes and materials, the modern versions are constructed from graphite, fiberglass, carbon filter or a composition of any two.

The eyelets, also known as, “guides”  and the reel are positioned on the top of the rod versus being underneath the rod just like the spinning rods. With this set up it gives the angler an advantage for smoother and further casting abilities to land the fish. When the fish snags the lure, the line is forced into the rod and prevents the eyelets from breaking due to the force of the fish landing the hook.



Spinning Rods

Spinning rod
Spinning rod

The most common type of rod used is the spinning rod and is a favorite among the novice anglers. They come in various sizes and are comprised of the same material as the casting rods.

With the eyelets and reel positioned underneath, the line easily rolls off the spool eliminating backlashing of the line. Opposite of the casting rod, when the fish snags the bait the line is pulled down onto the eyelets and off of the rod, thus increasing the chance of the eyelets to snap off.

Fly Rods


Fly rods have some similarities to other rods, but no other rod can be used for fly fishing. They are lightweight, thin, and typically made from carbon fiber but some fly rods are made from glass fiber or bamboo. The eyelets are generally smaller and mounted much closer to the blank than the spinning or caster rods are.

The reel sits below the handle which gives the rod its balance to make the whip casting much more balanced.
Unlike bait casters and spinners, the line is not spun back in. Instead, some fly-anglers pull the line off the reel and don’t wind it back in until they are finished fishing for the day.

The handle is almost always made with cork and sometimes with a variety of different colors of burl cork.
The fly rod does not use a lure or weight at the end of the line for the cast like a spinning rod does. Instead, together with a suitable rod and a line (which primarily is used to cast out the very light-weight fly) is the leverage needed.


Ice Rods

Ice fishing rod
Ice rod

Ice fishing rods are much smaller in size than their counterparts and for good reasoning. When fishing through a small 6 to 8-inch hole in the ice, it leaves no room for the regular way of casting a line. Instead, it is dropped down in the hole while you’re sitting only a few inches away from the opening.

There are two types of ice fishing poles: Tip-top and jigging rods.

A Tip-Top pole is constructed from wood or plastic, with a long stick holding a reel with a strike indicator hanging onto a hole. It is spring action when the fish bites the lure and it activates and releases a little flag up in the air. This is quite ingenious, no need to sit and stare at the rod waiting for a nibble. With a tip-up pole, you can go get a drink or use the bathroom without missing the catch.

The second is a jigging rod that looks more like a traditional fishing rod, only shorter (about 2 feet long). To get the fish’s attention, you simply bounce the bait by moving the pole up and down every few seconds.


Surf Rods

Many folks go to the beach for the sun, sand, and swimming in the ocean. While others are there wading out in the water with their surf rods anticipating a great catch.

Surf rods are composed of the same material as spinners and bait casters, they resemble oversized bait casters and spinning rods with longer handles for two-handed casting.

These rods must be long enough to cast past the breaking surf where the fish gather. These rods are typically 10 to 14 feet in length and very sturdy to cast out the weighted lures or bait needed to hold at the bottom of the rough waters. Surf rods are used mostly from the shoreline of the beach.


Telescopic Rods

Designed to collapse down to a shorter length of about a foot and a half, these 20 to 30 foot rods are very easy to transport. These are very popular among surf anglers who typically carry around 12 to 14-foot surf fishing rods.

The telescopic rods are made with graphite, carbon, fiberglass or any combination of the three. The sections of a telescopic rod are designed to fit inside one another. The eyelets on a spinning rod are designed to make the ends of each section stronger to open and close.

Last but not least, (no pun intended)…

Pen Rods

Are similar in design as the telescopic rods that collapses down to a shorter length. These rods are much shorter and can fit in a coat pocket or glove box.
It works just like any other spinning or casting rod. It can extend up to 4 feet in length, with a casting capacity of about 30 to 40 feet.
I think a pen rod is an awesome tool in anyone’s fishing gear. With convenience to transport, you can go fishing anytime or any place when the mood strikes.


As you can see, there are many different types of fishing rods for all types of seasons. Some are small enough to put in your glove box in your car. And others are big for deep-sea fishing.

This is my first blog post about fishing rods. I am at the beginning of my blogging journey and hope you keep coming back to watch my website grow into a professional site. Thank you for visiting my site.


 I hope you enjoyed my article about the different types of rods available and if you have any questions or comments or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment below, thank you.


About Dee

Welcome to “The Big Lure” website

“The Sunshine State,” Florida, has been my home for the past 30 years. I have two beautiful grown children and am the middle child of three, born in New Jersey, and we all currently reside in Lee county.

Florida a great destination where many folks like to vacation and/or come to retire for the rest of their years. There are many gorgeous locations to visit such as Orlando, Palm Springs, and Sanibel Island. Here you can find many sunny places to go fishing and that you’re sure to find your perfect “honey hole.”

Florida’s best known for its beaches and theme parks, including, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Disney World. In my opinion, Saint Augustine is a beautiful place to visit. If you visit ST. Augustine, you must go to Ghosts & Gravestones tour that starts at dusk, it takes you by many of the scariest and most sacred sites including the Huguenot Cemetery that have been known to have apparitions present.

Why this website?

Fishing is my favorite sport and I wanted to educate myself more about it and the types of gear to use. Through researching information about rods, reels, and types of bait, I decided that I would like to share my findings to help others who might feel a little overwhelmed. “There is a lot!” I am by no means an expert in this field, but I do have of passion for fishing.

I have compiled hours of research to learn about the different rods and reels and how they are to be used, where the best work, and which one would be better suited for which locations to fish at.

Whether you are an amateur or an expert in fishing, any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to share your incites and ideas or suggestions with me.


My Goal with This Site

There are lots of fishing rods & reels and many different types of gear to choose from. The purpose of this site is to inform you of the different types available and what applications they work best in so that you can make a well-educated decision on what gear you’ll need for your next/first fishing adventure.

My goal is to present you with an easy to understand resource about the sport of fishing and help you make informed decisions before making a purchase of any rod and reel like I once did.

Please, if you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections I need to be aware of, please let me know. I love constructive criticism.

All the best,