Fishing with Tony Lincoln | Fishing rods

Published 4:42pm 10 March 2021

Fishing with Tony Lincoln | Fishing rods
Words by Tony Lincoln

I SEE many rods come into the shop for repair that have broken approximately 20cm from the tip.

The majority of these have been what's known as, high sticked.

Fishing rods have been designed and built to follow a working curve when under load. Most rods are not made to exceed a 90 degree angle between butt and tip, (which when exceeded, is known as high sticking), and when they do, they break, with the more modern composite rods being more susceptible to this than older fibreglass rods.

As an example, if we have a fish on and bring it in right beside us, with the rod vertical, it will cause the rod to try and bend into a tight, "U" shape, which is not what it's designed to do, and in a high percentage of cases, causes the rod to break at that approximate 20cm mark. Picture an upper case, "L" , turned sideways as a safe angle for our rod to bend to, without risking breakage.

A rod's power is in the butt section, NOT in the tip and once taken past 90 degrees, the risk of breakage increases rapidly, with absolutely no gain in power, and an actual loss of control of the fish.

Once broken and repaired or shortened, the rod will never have the same feel or perform as well as it did at its original length. They've been designed and built to work at their optimum performance, at their original length, with the original guide spacings etc. A shortened rod can result in a loss of tip sensitivity, loss of casting accuracy and distance, and in some cases, can also cause increased line tangles when casting due to now altered guide spacings.

If we look after our gear and use it the way it was intended it will perform better, catch us more fish, and save our wallets.

Thanks for reading ladies and gents.

Remember: Talk to old people, they know stuff you don't. Talk to young people, they know stuff you don't.


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