If you remember, we discussed rod action as being where on the rod it begins to flex when perpendicular pressure is applied to it. If the flex point ranges widely from tip to butt, it’s considered a parabolic, or slow action rod. If it’s near the tip, it’s considered a fast action rod.
Rod power, on the other hand, is determined by how much pressure you have to apply to the rod to make it bend. This is often referred to as rod weight and described as ‘heavy’ , ‘medium heavy’, ‘medium’, ‘light’, etc. These descriptions are very closely linked to line strength and lure weight, so much so in fact, that these ratings are marked on each rod. These are important indicators
Another thing to keep in mind, is the fact that there is no uniformity, manufacturer to manufacturer, as to power ratings. What might be considered a medium-heavy rod with one company might be just a medium rod with another, so be sure to read the ratings on each rod before you make a decision.
Or be extra sure and discuss it with one of the rod experts at Sail, the Canadian Outdoor Superstore.
|Power||Line Rating||Lure Weight|
|heavy||15 to 25lb test||1/2 – 1 1/2oz|
|medium heavy||8 to 14lb test||1/2 – 1 1/2oz|
|medium||4 to 12lb test||1/8 – 3/8oz|
|light||4 to 8lb test||1/32 – 1/8oz|
|ultra-light||1 to 4lb test||1/64 – 1/16oz|