List of the Different Types of Fishing Rods and Reels and Their Uses

Different Types of Fishing Rods

Fishing can be a hobby that is very fun and rewarding.  Knowing what the different types of fishing rods are can help you to be able to pick the perfect rod for whatever fishing endeavor you choose to go on.

There are many different fishing rods such as:

  • Casting Rods
  • Spinning Rods
  • Bait Casting
  • Fly Casting Rods
  • Ice Fishing Rods
  • Surf Rods
  • Sea Fishing Rods

Each of these rods are to be used for different kinds of lure, bait and for different types of fishing.  It is important to ask yourself, “what are the different types of fishing rods I can buy?”  Below is a breakdown of some of the different types of fishing rods.

Casting Rods

Casting rods are fishing rods that help you to be able to put the bait wherever you want to with a casting motion.  These rods are similar to the spinning rod, but they are bigger and sometimes the eyes are a little bit smaller.  Another difference is that the casting reel is located on top of the rod.

Spin-Casting Rods

Spin-Casting rods are similar to casting rods, but they are usually not as heavy and are shorter.  They are around 5-8 feet long, but they have a larger eye which helps to take away some of the friction that the casting rod has.

The Spinning rod has a reel that spins and that hangs under the rod.  This makes the rod a little bit more comfortable for the fisherman because it is easier to hold and easier to catch fish with.  Most people that are just learning to fish use spinning rods because they are easier to use.

Bait Casting Rods

These rods are harder to use, and you need to be skilled in order to use this type of rod.  This kind of rod is very specific and accurate. A baitcasting rod can help fishermen improve the accuracy of their cast to improve their chances of catching fish. 

Fly Rods

Fly Casting rods help you to be able to move the fly back and forth and they are very small, smaller than most other rods.  These types of rods are perfect for fishing small fish in a stream or even large fish from the ocean.

A fly rod allows the fishermen to be able to cast fast and freely and it has something called snake eyes to help the line not get tangled.

Ice Fishing Rods

Ice fishing rods and reels are shorter because there is less area to move the rod.  Most of the ice fishing rods do not use a reel and the line is lowered and raised by hand.

Sea/Saltwater Fishing Rods

These rods are used specifically to use in the ocean.  They are super short to very long depending on if they are going to be used on the beach or on a boat.  Some of the rods are super heavy so they can be used to fish for shark and other large fish.

Surf Fishing Rods

Surf fishing rods are very long and heavy, and the fishermen has to use two hands to cast a surf rod.  These are like a spinning rod but are much heavier and can be used in harsher conditions. Surf fishing rods also allow the fisherman to cast much further than other traditional rods allow. 

Trolling Rods

Trolling rods are used in moving boats and they are used for bigger fish.  Most of these are very long and strong. 


When choosing the perfect fishing rod, know that there are thousands and thousands of different rods that can be bought and used.  It is important to research what kind of fish that you are hoping to catch and where you are going to fish.  Knowing all of these things can help you to pick you the perfect type of fishing rod for your fishing adventure!

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