In this guide, you’ll learn about buying and maintaining a high-quality fishing rod so that it’s pretty much unbreakable.
The best part?
Implementing the advice in this guide will lower the chances of your fishing rod breaking by at least 75%.
But before we get to that, let’s take a look at the common ways your fishing rod could break in the first place.
The 3 Most Common Ways Fishing Rods Break
- Accidental Damage – Whether it’s accidentally stepping on your rod or shutting the trunk of the car on it, hearing an audible “Crack!” will make your heart sink.
- Not using the fishing rod properly – There is a right way to fish and a wrong way. Using the wrong form will add unnecessary strain to your rod, increasing the risk of it breaking.
- Buying a fishing rod that was poorly made – Getting a poorly made fishing rod is a bad idea. Sure it might’ve been cheap, but it isn’t worth it if it’ll only last one fishing trip.
If you can prevent these things from happening, you’re fishing rod will last a long time and be as close to unbreakable as possible.
Now we get to the fun part.
Read on to see how you can prevent these things from happening to you.
Get A Fishing Rod Case
75% of fish rods that break are not actually caused by reeling in a fish, according to Fishbrain.
That means if you can somehow prevent accidents from happening to your fishing rod, you reduce the risk of your fishing rod breaking by 75%.
That’s huge! But how can you do that?
Here’s the answer:
Buy a fishing rod case.
A case is great because rather than slamming a car door on the rod, you slam it on the case.
The fishing rod stays protected, and you won’t have a mini heart attack.
As long as you remember to put the fishing rod in the case when you’re not using it, your fishing rod will always be protected.
You don’t want just any case though — you want a hard case.
A soft case is only good for bringing it from place to place but not very good at preventing damage.
If a force is applied to a soft case, the case will sink in and the force will get through to the fishing rod.
A hard case, on the other hand, will resist the force entirely. Sure the hard case might end up with a dent of some sort, but your fishing rod won’t.
One fishing rod case I highly recommend is the Plano Airliner Telescoping Rod Case.
It was designed to be used for traveling on an airplane, and we all know that airline companies are the ultimate durability test.
If your fishing rod case can handle that, it can handle pretty much anything else.
It’s pretty spacious and can fit up to 8 fishing rods (although that depends on how bulky the rods are).
What I love most about this case is its versatility. It can be adjusted to different lengths depending on how long your fishing rods are. It can extend up to 88” (7 feet 4 inches), and can collapse down to 47 inches (roughly 4 feet).
Tip: Even though the case is adjustable, you’ll want to use something like a piece of tape or zip tie so that the case stops correct length and doesn’t press down on the rod tips if you push it down too far. Nonetheless, this case does an amazing job of protecting my fishing rods and I have had no issues using it to date.
So if 75% of fishing rod breaks are caused by non-fishing related incidents, let’s take a look at the other 25%.
Avoid High Sticking
If the tip of your fishing rod is constantly breaking when trying to reel in a fish, you might want to consider the fact that you’re high sticking.
High sticking is when you’re trying to reel in a fish and you raise the fishing rod so it’s above 60 degrees. This prevents the fishing rod from properly distributing the stress and instead adds a bunch of stress to the tip of the rod.
The image below shows the proper angle a fishing rod should be at. Anything above 60 degrees puts you at a risk of breaking your fishing rod.
Another situation the fishing rod could break is if a fish swims underneath your boat.
The line will be pulled under and there will be pressure from the side of the boat added on to the fishing rod, inevitably breaking it it.
To avoid this, you’ll want to put the tip of the fishing rod into the water far enough so that the line doesn’t touch the boat.
Buy A Good Fishing Rod
The third way your fishing rod could break is if you own a poorly made fishing rod. Some companies just don’t make rods properly, and when you use it once or twice they end up breaking.
Getting a high-quality fishing rod is crucial for having a good time. Down below are some fishing rods that are made well, durable, and affordable.
St. Croix Premier Series
A high-end fishing rod that’s light, strong, and easy to cast.
Reasons To Buy:
- Will last for years
- Easy to cast
Reasons To Avoid:
The best fishing rod I have come across to date is the St. Croix Premier Series. Out of all the rods on the list, these ones are for sure the most sensitive.
They’re strong, easy to cast, and will last for years. I’ve found that St. Croix fishing rods in general are consistently high-quality and have a great warranty.
One minor issue with the fishing rod is the price. I do think it’s a bit pricey, but a great investment if you will be fishing often.
Most people I’ve talked to have had these rods for years with high satisfaction, which goes to show these rods are top notch.
Ugly Stik GX2
A cheaper fishing rod that still performs at a high level.
Reasons To Buy:
- Oustanding durability
- Trusted brand
- Affordable price
Reasons To Avoid:
- Lacks a bit of sensitivity
The Ugly Stik gx2 is a light and durable fishing rod that’s made from a combination of fiberglass and graphite. Ugly Stik is well known for the durability of their fishing rods.
Don’t believe me?
Check out the video below to see how much weight the GX2 can handle before breaking under the pressure.
What I love most about this fishing rod in particular is the value you get when you buy it. At under 50 dollars, this fishing rod is a steal.
You have a variety of sizes and weights to choose from, with the largest rod being 9 feet and the smallest being 4ft 6in.
I found that the rod does lack a bit of sensitivity compared to other fishing rods, but not enough to make a significant difference.
With the addition of a 7-year warranty, this fishing rod is a no-brainer for those looking for an affordable yet durable fishing rod.
KastKing Speed Demon Pro Series
A fishing rod made with an emphasis on comfort and durability.
Reasons To Buy:
Reasons To Avoid:
- Warranty could be improved
The KastKing Speed Demon Pro Series fishing rod is another quality fishing rod worth getting.
Like the Ugly Stik GX2, the KastKing speed Demon Pro also use a blend of fiberglass and graphite to give you both enough sensitivity and lightweight to be able to fish effectively.
It also uses a “carbon nanotube resin technology”, which basically means it has the ability to lift more weight without breaking.
The company claims that the fishing rod is able to lift “30% more compared to standard graphite blanks.”
I found the fishing rod to be super comfortable. The grip is very nice and both the grip and the butt of the fishing rod was designed to be similar to a golf club.
If you’re going to be holding the fishing rod for a long period of time, it won’t be a big deal as it’s comfortable.
The rod is also fairly sensitive. Any nibble from a bass fish or similar you’ll definitely notice.