Fishing Rod and Reel Combos – How to Find the Best Fishing Rod and Reel Combos

Fishing rod and reel combos

Fishing rod and reel combos make shopping so much easier

Whether looking for your first fishing rod or perhaps looking to give one as a gift, choosing one of the many available fishing rod and reel combos is simply a great idea.  Most people have no idea what the difference is between a fishing rod with medium action or light action, let alone the difference between a fly fishing reel or a casting reel.  By going with fishing rod and reel combos you can find the right equipment that’s already matched up perfectly for you.  Let’s take a look at some of the different fishing rod and reel combos available and see which is right for you.

Fishing rod and reel combos – The terminology and what it means

When you’re out shopping for a fishing rod and reel combos you’ll encounter some terms that I’m sure you’re not familiar with.  I’m going to explain these to you since understanding what these mean is the most important part of finding the right type of fishing rod combos that will fit your needs perfectly.

  • You’ll see mentioned many times something called ‘action’.  This is simply the amount a particular fishing rod will bend.  Some people refer to this as faster or slower.  For first fishing rod and reel combos medium action is probably best to start with.
  • Power rating is sometimes advertised.  Generally speaking this is a general rating on how heavy a fish you can go for.  A good rule of thumb here is the heavier the fish, the more power rating you want.
  • One thing you really need to look for is line weight.  Most all fishing rod and reel combos will say what line weight they can handle.  Heavier fish require heavier line.

Generally speaking, when shopping for fishing rod and reel combos you should have an idea of the average weight of the fish you’ll be going for.  By knowing this you’ll be able to choose the right power rating and line weight appropriate for your area.

Now let’s take a look at some of the different fishing rod and reel combos available.  Each type has it’s own particular use.  You wouldn’t use a fly fishing rod for trolling, nor would you use an ice fishing rod for surf fishing.  Finding the right type is important.  I’ve linked a top rated example of each type after each description to give you a better idea of what they look like.

Cast fishing rod and reel combos.  These are perfect for lake fishing.  They’re designed so you can cast a lure or bait pretty far into the lake, great for fishing from the shore or a non-moving boat.  Sometimes these are called spinning rods, and they can be used in other situations, these types of fishing rod and reel combos are very versatile and make a great first choice.  For kids this is a great choice especially if paired up with a spincast type reel, which is much easier to use.

South Bend Worm Gear Fishing Rod and Spinning Reel Combo

Fly fishing rod and reel combos are designed to be used in rivers or other areas where  casting can’t be done.  They use VERY light lures and thus are constructed very different from other fishing gear.  This is a more specialized type of fishing and can be difficult to master.

Crystal River Fly Fishing Combo Kit

Trolling fishing rod and reel combos aren’t designed to do casting, they’re designed to be used from a slow moving boat.  You drop the lure in and let it drag behind the boat.

Shakespeare Two-Piece Medium Action Spectrum Spincast Combo (5-Feet 6-Inch, Colors May Vary)

So there you have it, armed with this information you should be able to choose the best fishing rod and reel combos to fit the situation you’ll be fishing in.  There are of course some other considerations but these are the basic points that you should be aware of.

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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