English fishing rod
The fishing rod, which will be discussed today, comes from England, and its main element is a plug rod with rings, designed for fishing with a reel, thin fishing line and a light float. Sometimes it is called “sports” or “match” (from the English “match rod”), because it is used by athletes in competitions. In its homeland, in England, it is called the “Float rod”, that is, simply a “float rod”, and no one clarifies that it is equipped with rings and a reel seat. The fact is that fishing rods for dumb equipment until recently have not been widely used by the British.
Why exactly a plug rod? Because the telescopic is much inferior to him in structure and lightness! The “telescope” has too many knees and too few rings – because on each knee it can have only one ring. The three-knee plug rod has only two connections, and its structure is much more harmonious, and numerous rings evenly distribute the load along its entire length. Therefore, it incomparably better absorbs jerking fish during fishing, allowing you to use a thinner fishing line with all its advantages (more bites, further casts, etc.). And so that this thin fishing line does not stick to the rod in the rain, its rings are equipped with high legs.
The traditional English float rod has a cork handle about 60 centimeters long with a reel seat in the form of two movable rings. From time to time, attempts are made to move away from the classic design, but so far none of them have been crowned with success: neither synthetic cork substitutes, nor screw coil holders have taken root.
Almost all modern “match” rods are made of carbon fiber. According to their purpose and design, it is customary to divide them into two groups: “wagler” and “stick”. Rods of the first group are usually 13 feet long (about 3.9 meters) and are designed for the use of waggler type floats in still water. Their main symptom is a softer, parabolic or semi-parabolic system (uniform deflection almost to the handle).
The relatively distant castings, typical for fishing in lakes and reservoirs, require very strong hooking. Only a soft rod can cushion such a hook and prevent the thin line from breaking. For safety reasons, the upper knee of some Wagler models is made composite: a thin tip made of solid carbon — or fiberglass — is glued into a carbon fiber tube. The most delicate rods of this group, for example, Powerlight by Bruce & Walker or Ultramatch by Hardy, allow you to use monofilament with a diameter of 0.10 mm as the main fishing line, without fear of tearing it when cutting at a distance of 30-35 meters!
Rods of the second group are more rigid and designed mainly for fishing in the wiring with a stick-type float. A rigid system, in which only the tip bends, facilitates control of the float floating with the stream and increases the efficiency of hooking. Stick floats are mounted fixed and work satisfactorily at a distance of not more than three rod lengths. Therefore, the length of the rod depends on the casting distance and on the depth of the river. For small, shallow rivers and canals, 12 feet (about 3.6 meters) is sufficient, the standard length is 14 feet (about 4.2 meters), and for wide rivers four-knee models are available up to 20 feet (about 6 meters).
How to choose a fishing rod? First of all, decide for yourself whether you need a fishing rod for river (“stick”) or lake fishing (“waggler”). If you often catch both in rivers and in lakes, and you cannot afford to have two different rods, compromise and get a “universal” model 13 feet long (about 3.9 meters) with a not too soft formation.
Of course, the least problems arise when buying expensive fishing rods from leading manufacturers. To date, the highest reputation have English float rods manufactured in the UK. First of all, these are the products of Bruce & Walker, Daiva-Scotland and Three-Cast. Peter Drennan’s rods, which he orders in Korea, and Normark rods are also popular.
I probably don’t need to explain here that not all carbon fiber rods are the same. There are many varieties of carbon fiber, but only a few of them (for example, “IM 6”) have the characteristics necessary for the production of high-quality rods. No less important are the construction of the rod, technology and accuracy of assembly. All serious companies use special computer programs that make it possible to bring to life the ideas of the most experienced anglers, professionals, about the ideal rod for a particular purpose. Therefore, each of their models optimally combines lightness, strength, ease of use and the right system. It’s clear that for all this the buyer has to spend a lot of money – but what a huge difference between a vintage British rod and a cheap Asian fake, somehow glued from some carbon fiber!