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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > March 2022 > An Introductory Guide to Fishing Poles and Rods
A fishing rod, or pole, has multiple jobs: cast, detect a strike or bite, set the hook, and fight/land fish. No single fishing rod provides ¬top perform¬ance for all of these jobs in all types of sportfishing. Many are greatly dissimilar. This is why there are many different types of fishing poles and there is no best type of fishing pole or fishing rod.
While the terms “fishing rod” and “fishing pole” are commonly used interchangeably in the angling world, the following guide to fishing poles and fishing rods is categorical, focusing on types rather than on specific uses. This guide to fishing poles and rods also briefly itemizes some of the key attributes of each category.
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Ken Schultz was a longtime staff writer for Field & Stream magazine and is the former Fishing Editor of ESPNoutdoors.com. He’s written and photographed nineteen books on sportfishing topics, plus an annual fishing tips calendar, and his writing has appeared on various websites for more than two decades. His author website is kenschultz.com
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