Coarse Fishing Tackle
For today’s coarse fisherman there are many different types of rods available. Each rod is used for a different job, for example, float fishing you use a float rod, ledger fishing you use a ledger rod, and so on.
Float rods often manufactured from fibreglass or carbon fibre are more forgiving. Carbon fibre rods are more expensive but they are lighter and should not break quite as easily as fibreglass ones. The rods normally come in a range of sizes, 10ft to 13ft and three sections being the usual, although you can get
shorter lengths if required. Obviously, choose one to suit your build.
The rings on rods are usually manufactured from different materials, for example chromed or stainless steel, aluminium or silicone carbide. The silicone carbide ring, although expensive, provides a much better cast due to it being friction free and helps to prolong your lines life span.
Ledger rods are similar in some ways to float rods, the differences are that they come in 2 sections and they range from 9ft to 11ft. Some ledger rods have a screw fixing in the top eye to attach a quivertip or a swingtip. Quivertip rods have a quivertips built into it and are usually for very light and sensitive bites.
There are three main types of coarse reel, the fixed-spool reel, centre-pin reel and the closed-faced reel. Each type of reel is best for certain conditions. The fixed-spool reel is without a doubt the most popular reel used. It has many good qualities, which is why many anglers favour it. Many fixed spool reels have spare spools, which can hold different types of line and easy to change over.
Some spools are deep so they can hold more line whilst some are shallow so they hold less. There is an adjustable clutch either at the front of the spool or at the rear of the reel. The point of an adjustable clutch is that the reel can be set to release the line just before the line snaps.
In the hands of an experienced angler, the centre-pin reel is an ideal tool for trotting a float on a fast, strong flowing river. Retrieval of the line is quick with this type of reel, simply done by batting the rim of the drum with the hand. Finally, the closed-faced reel. This is a favourite amongst many top match anglers. This reel is also a very good choice when spinning with light line.
Hooks and Line
There are several different types of hook on the available. These all have small differences, which all help the angler, but of course, this will be down to personal choice.
There are barbed, semi-barbed and barbless hooks. The barbed hooks have a sharp little piece called the barb sticking out of the hook just behind the point to prevent the fish coming off the hook easily. Barbed hooks are banned from use on many waters, so its advisable to check club rules to see if this is the case. The semi-barbed has a much smaller barb, and the barbless, as the name would suggest, has no barb at all. They come in a variety of sizes. The higher the number the smaller the hook e.g. a size 24 is very small where a size 6 is very large.
Also available are spade-end hooks and eyed-hooks. Spade-end hooks, usually tied to nylon, and then attached to the main line. There is a tool available to help with this.
When it comes to the type of line to use, it will all depend on what type of fish you are planning to catch. For example if you are fishing for small fish like dace or small roach them monofilament line of 1lb breaking strain will be fine. On the other hand if you are fishing for bigger, stronger fish like barbel, then you would need line with a breaking strain of about 6lb and of course, if you were fishing pike you would need a wire trace with a 20lb breaking strain in addition to your main line, which should be between 10lb, and 12lb breaking strain.