Matching a Spinning Reel to a Rod, and Other Useful Info

Among many thousands of fishing-related web sites, I'm always surprised at how few there are that have really solid, useful information. So I was happy to fall upon one such over the weekend from Anglers Resource, which is the sole North American distributor of Fuji rod components. If you're about to buy a spinning or baitcasting rod, Anglers Resource is a must-read.

The section on five rod-buying tips is really excellent. They demonstrate how to match a spinning reel to a spinning rod, for example. Take the reel you plan on using with you when you go to a tackle shop. Then check to be sure the reel's centerline axis matches the guide set-up on the rod you might buy. In the accompanying Anglers Resource photo, the match is marginal at best.

Importantly, the company is not touting any particular rods or brands. It's just that the physical configurations of spinning reels and rods are widely varied. Some match well together. Some don't. And the only way to get peak performance is to check that match before you buy. This is just as true if you're planning on spending $50 as it is if the price tag were $500.

There's lots of detail, also, about guide size and spacing on both spinning rods and baitcasters. Maybe more than you want to know. There are plenty of people who don't care about this sort of thing. As in "Here's my money. Just gimme a rod." But there are plenty of others (like me) who obsess over the smallest details. For those, the Anglers Resource sections on static loading and guide spacing are truly enlightening.

I happen to think that informed consumers are happier consumers, whether that pertains to fishing gear or anything else. So if you're buying a new rod this spring, read the Anglers Resource material first. And then remember to take your reel with you when you head down to the local tackle store.