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Rod Tips

The length of a rod’s handle is directly related to the amount of leverage you are able to put on a fish during battle. Longer handles provide more leverage, but shorter handles may provide more versatility when working in tighter situations. Shorter handles are also less prone to catching on rain gear or loose clothing during a cast.

Concept guide spacing is a specified placement of the line guides on the blank of the rod. Fuji® designed this ideal guide placement to provide less resistance and better balance for more power when fighting a fish.

There are several popular types of materials used in the construction of a fishing rod including graphite, fiberglass, or a combination of both. Our rods are constructed using proven materials such as high-modulus graphite (up to 72 million), graphite composites, and strong fiberglass, each with a particular set of benefits to the angler, depending on your fishing style.

A quality fishing rod may also be built solid or with a hollow core, and with multiple layers of different materials.

Below are some of the benefits of the different types of rod materials found in our rods.

High-Modulus Graphite: Graphite comes in a variety of modulus ratings, used to describe the density of the graphite fibers. The higher the density of the graphite, the stronger and more sensitive the rod is. In this regard, a higher "IM" number generally means lighter and stronger.

Fiberglass: While fiberglass has long been a popular material for fishing rods, the technology in modern fiberglass construction has delivered greater strength, as well as more sensitivity (a trait lacking in older fiberglass models). Fiberglass rods are generally heavier in comparison to graphite, but tend to be much more durable. When power, rather than sensitivity, is more important, a fiberglass rod may be the right choice.

Composite: Composites provide the benefits of both graphite and fiberglass: sensitivity, lightweight, power, and durability. Composite rods serve a wider range of uses in the fishing world than either graphite or fiberglass, and have become a popular and more affordable option to graphite.

Where a rod tends to flex first is determined by the "taper" of the rod. A rod that flexes mostly near the tip is said to have an Xtra-Fast taper, while a rod which seems to flex over the entire length of the rod employs a Slow taper. The particular Taper of the rod you choose will provide certain benefits when casting and retrieving certain types of baits or lures, so it is important to consider this flex when you are looking to match a particular style of fishing.

XTRA-FAST: An xtra-fast taper is best suited to finesse situations, when tip sensitivity is a must. Also, an xtra-fast taper can allow better actions of light topwater baits, and light spinnerbaits.

FAST: Tapers rated as "Fast" are ideal when you need to feel the bait's actions during retrieve. Crankbait anglers and spinnerbait anglers benefit the most from fast tapers.

MEDIUM: Medium tapers are designed as a multi-purpose taper for just about every bait. While medium tapers offer lower sensitivity levels, these rods are generally designed to perform well with just about any line weight, and any lure weight.

SLOW: Slow tapers are all about quickness in the hookset. The tip of the rod is more flexible with a slow taper rod making these rods ideal for pulling bigger fish to the boat.

The action of a rod, sometimes referred to as “power”, determines how much effort it takes to get the rod to flex. Actions are precisely engineered to perform within a certain range of line and lure weights; for example, 8 to 17 pound line or 3/8 to 2 ounce lures.

Experienced anglers are able to make this judgment based upon past performance. The chart below will help you to make a more informed decision when choosing the best rod for your particular fishing situation.

UL:

Ultralight Action

Designed specifically for light lines up to 4 pounds. Ideal for trout and panfish, or when extreme sensitivity is most needed.

L:

Light Action

Designed specifically for light lines 2 to 8 pounds. Light action rods can also give an angler a more sporting experience due to their flexibility.

ML:

Medium-Light Action

Designed specifically for 6 to 12 pound test line when the ability to throw light baits with accuracy is important.

M:

Medium Action

Designed specifically for 8 to 20 pound test line. An all-around action designed for a wide variety of lure sizes and types, as well as many different types of gamefish.

MH:

Medium-Heavy Action

Designed specifically for 12 to 25 pound test line. A stronger backbone makes it easier to pull fish from cover.

H:

Heavy Action

Designed specifically for line tests of 14 and up. Great for heavy lines, big lures and big fish.