But how do you really sense the taking fish? Rod and line makers spend a lot of money hyping the so-called sensitivity of their products. But as far as fishermen are concerned, that might or might not be money well spent.
Do you feel the bite primarily through the line, for example, or does a sensitive rod give a better message? Some rods have a small portion of the rod blank exposed at the reelseat where--supposedly--you'll have a better feel with a fingertip in contact with the rod. Does that really help?