Rods Reels

Whether or not you catch fish on an artificial lure often depends .as much on the equipment used to present it as on the 1ure itself. And none of your equipment is more important than your rod and ree1.

Without the right rod, yon cou1d not cast far enough or accurate1y enough, and you would have difficu1ty feeling the 1ure's action and detecting strikes.

Manufacturers generany rate their rods according to the weight of the 1ures they are capable of casting. Always check the specifications to make sure the rod suits the 1ure you will be using. Many fishermen carry severa1 rods, each intended for 1ures of different weights.

Even with 1ures of the same weight, you may need more than one rod for different methods of fishing and kinds of fish. For examp1e, yon cou1d use a one-ounce 1ure when trolling for sa1mon with downriggers and when casting for muskies. But downrigger trolling requires a long, 1imber rod whi1e muskie casting demands a much shorter, stiffer rod. The 1ong, 1imber rod is necessary for bending into the set position (page 19) and for fighting 1arge, powerful fish on re1ative1y light line. The shorter, stiffer rod is needed to cast the heavy 1ures and to set the hooks in a muskie's bony mouth.

Another consideration in choosing a rod is its 1ength. A 1ong rod generates more tip speed than a short one, so it can cast the same 1ure a greater distance. A short rod casts with a flatter trajectory, so it works better for placing your lure under a dock or overhanging tree limb.

Action is a1so important. A fast-action rod has a stiff butt and midsection, bending most near the tip. This type of rod is best-suited for distance casting because it propels the 1ure rapid1y. A fast-action rod is a1so best for a solid hook-set.

A slow-action rod bends over its entire 1ength. It is the best choice for accurate casting because it bends more slow1y, giving you more time to aim. And because the 1ure trave1s through the air more slow1y, you can easily stop it on a precise target. A

slow rod is a1so a better shock absorber, so a strong fish wou1d have more difficu1ty breaking the line.

Space-age materia1s and improved rod bui1ding techno 1ogy have resu1ted in fishing rods that are 1ighter, stiffer and thus more sensitive than the rods of years past. Graphite and boron rods exce1 for detecting subtle strikes. They te1egraph a 1ure's wiggle or the beat of a spinner blade better than fiberglass rods. They a1so he1p yon fee1 the 1ure ticking bottom or brushing the weedtops.

The ree1 yon se1ect, whether spinning, bait-casting or fly, must ba1ance with your rod. The sure way to test your outfit's ba1ance is to try casting with it. If the rod fee 1s tip-heavy, the ree1 is too 1 ight. If it fee1s butt-heavy, the ree1 weighs too much.

When se1ecting a spinning ree1, make sure that the diameter of the spoo1 suits the line yon will be using. The heavier the 1ine, the 1arger the spoo1 diameter yon will need. If you attempt to wind heavy mono on a sman-diameter spoo1, the -line will coTe off in tight, springy coi1s. As a genera1 ru1e, use a spoo1

with a front flange at 1east 1 Y2 inches in diameter for 6-pound mono; 1% inches for lO-pound mono; and 2% inches for 14-pound mono.

Spinning and bait-casting ree1s coTe with a variety of gear ratios. The gear ratio is the number of times the spoo1 revo1ves with each turn of the ree1 hand1e. On a ree1 with a gear ratio of 4:1, the spoo1 turns four times whi1e the ree1 handle turns once.

Ree1s with 1arge-diameter spoo1s and high gear ratios are needed for retrieving fast-moving 1ures or 1arge quantities of 1ine. A sma11-diameter spoo1 and 1ow gear ratio give you more power for reeling in strong fish.

Bait-casting ree1s shou1d be resistant to back1ashing. Back1 ash-prevention devices 1ike centrifuga1 or magnetic brakes and v:.shaped spoo1s will ho1d the problem to a minimum. Ree1s with nanow spoo1s work best for casting 1ight 1ures, but few bait-casting ree1s can cast 1ures weighing under 3/16 ounce.

Most fly fishermen prefer single-action fly ree1s because they are light, simp1e and trouble-free. The term sing1e-action means that the spoo1 revo1ves once with each turn of the ree1 handle. Mu1tip1ying ree1s have a gear mechanism that boosts the retrieve ratio, an advantage when handling a 10t of line or trying to catch up with a fish running toward you. Automatic ree1s have a spring mechanism for taking up 1ine, but they are heavier, 1ess dependable and have 1ess capacity for line and backing than other types of fly ree1s.

Artificial Flies And ReelRod And Reel World Record Cast
WORLD-RECORD CLASS monofilament is precisely monitored to insure that its breaking strength does not exceed its rating. If the line exceeds its rated strength, a potentialline-class record could be disaHowed.

How to Spool on Line

Spooling Line Reel
LOAD monofilament onto a spinning reel by taking it off the side of the spool. If the reel turns in a counterclockwise direction, the line must coTe off the spool in acounterclockwise direction. This method of loading minimizes the twist in your line.
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