Fishing Tackle for Game Fishing
There are many possible rods with which to fish for salmon, trout, sea-trout and grayling in different waters and different conditions. Choice is largely governed by the type of water you are most likely to fish.
Here, the range of alternatives looks somewhat confusing at first sight. However, in game fishing more than in most forms of the sport choice of rod is practically decided for you by the water in which you expect to do most of your trout or salmon angling.
The point is that any rod will be unmanageable or inadequate if it is inappropriate to the water fished. Just the same, some sort of compromise is possible.
If you expect to fish in the West Country and Wales, most of your rivers will be fairly small. A fair choice if you intend to go in for dry-fly fishing would be something between the first two rods on the list, say an eight foot split-cane or fibre-glass dry-fly rod. You may be a trifle undergunned on the Usk but you will be glad of the short rod when creeping and crawling among the bushes of the Little Exe. A 2.4 m (8 ft) rod will throw a line far enough to catch most trout, for it is a fact that most fish are hooked within 13.5 m (15 yds) of the angler.
Wet-fly fishing is widely practised in the West also. This requires a longer, softer-actioned rod to pick the submerged line off the water. Wet-fly rods for river work are usually between 2.7-3 m (9-10 ft) in length.
Still keeping to the same part of Britain (though the pattern could be repeated in Ireland, Scotland, and many other places) you may decide that your first choice is reservoir fishing for big trout. In this instance you have magnificent opportunities in the increasing number of stocked reservoirs and gravel pits. To punch out ain a stiff breeze to where the fish are feeding on these waters, you will want a rod that has a great deal of backbone and will throw a heavy line without strain to itself. It will usually be fibre-glass. You will need a selection of lines. Floaters, slow-sinkers, fast-sinkers, sink-tops and shooting heads embodying any of these qualities all have their separate roles to play.
To change the scene entirely : if you intend to fish the limestone lakes of Ireland or the Scottish lochs from a boat, you will want a longish wet-fly rod. So I stress that you must decide (a) your area of maximum fishing opportunity, and (b) the technique (ie. wet-fly or dry-fly) which you most want to employ.