Receiving schooled on sportfishing rods


Jesse Simpkins was on the water not too long ago with Tim Lesmeister and educated him on the significance of working with high-quality rods for fishing. (Photo by Tim Lesmeister)

Jesse Simpkins is the marketing and advertising director of St. Croix Rods in Park Falls, Wis. He is also on the Choice Committee for the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, which I chair. We met not too long ago and spent a half day on a little lake close to Hayward chasing largemouth bass, and I steered the conversation to fishing rods.

When I told him I utilised a competing brand’s ice fishing rod for kayak fishing, he handed me a life jacket. “Put it on,” he stated, “you’re swimming back to the boat landing.”

He was kidding, but he got severe about rods and why anglers must opt for the ideal rod for their kind of fishing. He also stated I was mislabeling the rods that I have collected more than the years. I referred to them as graphite, and he explained that is a term normally and incorrectly utilised to characterize carbon fiber rods.

Simpkins explained that the terms “graphite” and “carbon fiber” largely have turn into interchangeable. Graphite in lead pencils and graphite in a fishing rod are naturally not the very same material. The material that tends to make a robust rod is basically carbon fiber.

The key distinction involving graphite and carbon fiber is the truth that graphite breaks apart effortlessly though carbon fiber is robust. This distinction explains why graphite functions properly in a pencil and carbon fiber functions properly in sports gear like fishing rods. So to be the coolest angler in the boat, just refer to your rod as a state-of-the-art carbon fiber rod. Then release a low chuckle the subsequent time your buddy refers to his rod as graphite.

Not all rods are carbon fiber, although. Some are fiberglass, and this material is once more a well-liked choice. Fiberglass resins and epoxies have been about given that the 1930s, but the material did not make its way into the fishing market till the 1950s. The creation of tubular fiberglass was an innovation that started with Shakespeare, and the organization was functioning on such styles even prior to Planet War II. The method lastly was perfected throughout the war, when it was utilised to make radio antennas on aircraft and tanks.

Anglers are returning to fiberglass due to the fact they are discovering the action on this material is excellent for catching fish on crankbaits. The soft tip creates fantastic hookups and supplies a lot of forgiveness when battling the fish. It appears we are coming complete circle on specific rods for distinct situations.

Yet another material was well-liked for rods back in the day: bamboo. I have a entertaining small bamboo fly rod, but you can not beat my state-of-the-art carbon fiber rods for fighting massive stream trout.

Following a day on the water with Simpkins, I discovered there are quite a few information that go into generating higher-high-quality fishing rods, so do your homework prior to you invest in your subsequent a single.


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