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As someone who only uses custom fishing rods, I get a lot of questions from readers about them. The most common of these is usually somewhere like, “Why should I spend the extra money to build a custom fishing rod when I’m perfectly happy with the rods out of the rack?” Well, the obvious answer …

While power refers to the force required to deflect or bend a rod, action describes where that deflection takes place along the rod. A fishing rod is more powerful in its butt section, and that power gradually decreases as you get closer to the tip. Different actions move these transition points. The faster-acting rods flex …

The truth is, you can catch a fish with a rod. But the latest and greatest graphite and fiberglass rods make catching easier and more fun. Problem is, there are about six million different freshwater fishing rods on the market, or so it seems anyway. This foolproof guide will help you put the right stick …