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Vintage Fishing Rods

Fishing has been a popular hobby since the 2nd century. Whether for food or sports, fishing is a sought-after pastime. Old fishing rods are available in a broad range of assortments for both collection or use purposes. Nowadays, collectors and fishers alike can and buy fishing poles, lines, hooks, reels and vintage fishing equipment. No one reel or rod works best for all situations. From  Cane vintage fishing rods made in the early 1900s to  Alvey vintage fishing reels designed in the late 1990s, the overall design is pretty much the same. But what do you need to know before buying vintage fishing reels?

What should I consider before buying a vintage fishing rod?

  • Your level of expertise is a key factor. New anglers should obtain rods which are easier to use for quick understanding of the technique.
  • If you are an amateur, your first rod shouldn't be exorbitant. Once you master the skills and settle on a fishing type that suits you best, you can upgrade from there.
  • Different fishing rods are best suited for different types of fish.
  • Different types of fishing, e.g, fly fishing, carp fishing, etc., will require different rods.

What power should a vintage rod have?

Now that you have found a willing seller, it's time to start weighing your options. The first thing to do is test the power and action of the rods. Most rods' power rates are:

  • Ultralight
  • Light
  • Medium
  • Medium-light
  • Medium-heavy
  • Heavy
  • Extra heavy

If you are looking to haul in massive fishes such as saltwater anglers, Northern pike or the muskie, then a trolling fishing rod with heavier tackle is just what you need. Always select a rod with heavier tackle as it provides enough backbone to set the hook and reel the big bass in. However, if you are looking to reel in a Panfish or a trout angler, an ultralight or a light rod is best suited for the job.

What vintage fishing rod material is ideal?

Modern vintage fishing reels are made from fibreglass, carbon fibre sheets or graphite whereas older models are made from split bamboo or wood. Handles come in both long and short versions with either cork or synthetic foam handles.

  • Long handles: Here, an angler can maneuver their rod using both hands.
  • Short handles: Anglers can only use a single hand.
  • Eyes: Guides (eyes) are available in different sizes. If you are planning to venture off into the deep sea, rollers are ideal rather than eyes as they are more suitable for bigger game fish, such as marlin.
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