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[GUIDE ]Choosing the right rod

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Original Post  (16. September 2018) in German: Link


Dear community,

Some of you are probably a bit overwhelmed with the huge selection of rods in the game. In this guide I would like to help you to decide which rod suits your needs best.

First, I would like to explain the actions of the rods and talk about their advantages and disadvantages.

Let's start: (enjoy the puns that come with this topic  )

Rod Actions and Sensitivity

Sensitivity = describes the flexibility of the rod. With higher values, the flexibility moves towards the tip.



Extra Fast Action = ultrafast in the game 

Also called extra-fast-taper, is suitable for very fine fishing with small baits such as the Texas Rig or poppers (surface lures) on asp and similar predators. Produces extremely long throw distances and has a direct transmission through the incredibly fast spike. Very suitable for finesse fishing.


Fast Taper = fast in game 
A good example is the Armada ... This rod is just great as for jigging on zander and similar benthic predators. How so ? Quite simple: Because of the tip action and the extra hard blank, we can recognize even the finest bites but still have lots of power due to the strong spine. In addition, rods with a hard blank and pointed action throw very far. The disadvantages of such a rod can be felt when fighting very strong and heavy fish such as e.g. Salmon, catfish, or sturgeon. The rod is just too hard to absorb the impact of such a heavy fish.




Medium Taper = medium in game

Here I chose the Evora as an example. This rod is a great allrounder. Due to the medium action, it is well suited for fishing with wobblers, but you can also jig with it, as there is still enough backbone available through the medium hard blank. It is great for trout or pike, since it already - by the action itself - can absorb impact really well.




Slow Taper = Slow in game



Lightweight spinning rods are also included. The fishing rod bends over the entire rod length under load. So from the top to the hand part. Advantage is the cushioning of escapes at close range and optimal utilization of power reserves


For bigger fish: Here I chose the Barracuda. Slow, parabolic rods are very suitable for catching very large and heavy fish. It is particularly suitable for tiring them out because you put pressure on the fish with the entire blank. Although they are usually softer, it is much easier to bring the fish in. However, you should choose a fishing method on which the fish hooks itself, since the rod is hardly suitable for striking.


Catfish and sturgeon usually hook themselves with their weight. 


The Barracuda is also suitable for very large salmon, because it absorbs much of their impact. However, you have to be very careful because of enormous tension problems with such fish. In addition, such soft rods provide a rather short throwing distance, because they have little transmission in the blank.


Sturdiness and Power of the Blanks


"Power" = speed of the blanks

Power describes the speed of the blanks from the grip to the tip.

Example: During the fight with a fish, it suddenly swims towards you and we have complete loss of tension. Now the speed of the rod shows how quickly the blank responds to the situation. Be it the speed of the bending curve in the normal state (return speed) or the reactions to violent head bangs of the fish.

"sturdiness" = stiffness or flexibility of the rod blank

The sturdiness has a direct influence on the casting weight of the rod, regardless of its carrying capacity.
The more robust the rod, the greater the minimum throw weight that is needed to cast out far ..



The stiffness helps to determine how well the blank will react to sudden movements while drilling and it also indicates what retrieval methods suite this rod best. Stiffness <5/10 will not allow for twitching retrievals as the blank will be too soft to get the twitch through to the bait.

Edited by TpCatch
Barracuda pic changed to the right one
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This guide goes entirely against what previously admins and mods wrote! Previously e.g. a slow rod casted further (due to its 'catapult' effect) than a fast one. See Kache's video about it!

Or it describes a slow Barracuda rod despite that on the image it is a medium Barracuda...

This article totally confuseing, please clarify and fix it!

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OK, I did some researches and realized why this guide is so confusing: it was translated (khmm...) from German and in the German version "Power" means "Stiffness" and "Robustness" is the "Power". But it still can't explain why is written here that the extra fast rods caster further ("Produces extremely long throw distances") than slow ones ...

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Also dear Author, how do you mean "soft" here: "such soft rods provide a rather short throwing distance, because they have little transmission in the blank." ? Soft in a meaning of Stiffnes or Power(Rubustness)? Thank you,


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Hello friend, don't expect a plausible answer to your questions, as devs and moderators are not concerned about realism, to this day they have not even explained how it is possible to fish a 30g perch using another 140g perch, or why it still makes no difference. in the hook sizes you use, or even that fish are not found in their respective habitats. They are not concerned with realism and the traits described in the game are not followed. The truth is that they are worried about getting their money, that's all. They will always have a silly reason to say that the problem is not in this "perfect game" of yours but in the way you are fishing. These people lack a little humility.

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13 hours ago, Crossthereeyes said:

ok so can a fast action throw poppers? and also would i notice a big difference from lets say sensitivity 4 then 6? i will primarily be jigging


I have no problem with poppers on fast action.  For the second part of your question, that small a difference in sensitivity wouldn't make much of a difference, it would be more likely to be determined by the action.

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15 hours ago, superjoint said:


"Stiffness <5/10 will not allow for twitching retrievals as the blank will be too soft to get the twitch through to the bait. "


Does this also apply to Walk the Dog?

If you are achieving walk the dog through rod action, yes. However, there is more than one way to walk the dog.

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