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Get the Best Fishing Rod: Part I Rod Specs

Get the Best Fishing Rod: Part I Rod Specs

We all hit the water in hopes of catching fish and making memories. Believe it or not, the path to accomplishing both starts with your fishing rod.

That’s why we’ve broken down exactly what it takes to make sure you’re ready to go with the right fishing rod for the job…

In Part I of the Get the Best Fishing Rod blog series, we’re taking rod specs!

Double Check Rod Specs to Increase Fish Catches


Now there are many fish to catch and many ways to catch them, so lets start with the demands of your fishing application. Its helps to know what exactly you need from your rod in order to satisfy that itch and hook the fish you’re after. 


The same way you wouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight; don’t bring an ultralight rod to a tarpon fight, or a trolling rod to nymph for rainbow trout… Extreme examples, but you get the idea!

Each rod has its own specifications usually labeled on the rod itself or included in the packaging with it. From action and power, to the rod length, lure range, and line rating, these specs provide a well-rounded look at what that rod should or shouldn’t be capable of on the water.

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Let’s start with rod action, referring to where a rod flexes and how quickly a rod tip returns to rest after load.

Actions can vary from extra fast and fast, to moderate and slow.


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Each action brings its own tradeoffs between advantages and disadvantages.

For example, one of the most popular markets is bass fishing and one of the most popular lures are crankbaits. At first glance, it’s easy to say, “Any old rod can cast a crankbait and catch fish,” but we’re not here to say whether it can or cannot—we are here to talk about how well a rod will get the job done.

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Ideally, a good crankbait rod has a moderate to slow action, which means it has a deeper, more parabolic bend when put under load. This strategic action translates to help anglers absorb the shock of fish fighting, while also keeping the treble hooks of the crankbait buttoned up in the fish.


Now, let’s say you have a fast action bass rod you use for everything and you just want to tie on a new crankbait.

While that fast action is excellent for quickly setting the hook with worms, and other single hook lures, it will only allow the tip to flex so far. Hence, it might be a fine bass rod in some cases, but that fast action won’t be as forgiving with treble hook lures as a slow to moderate action rod designed to absorb more shock.

This means more fish lost and less good memories made simply because it wasn’t the right rod for the job. Knowing more about your rod’s specifications is key to understanding not only what a rod is capable of, but more importantly, where its performance will truly shine!

Rod Building for Preparation, Performance, and Style

Want to know the real secret to fishing success? It’s building your rod, your way!

With custom Turnkey Rod Building Kits from Mud Hole Custom Tackle, you get the fully customizable options you want to create the rod you really need.

These amazing turnkey rod kits are all-in-one bundles featuring your choice of rod blank and components, as well as every single tool, supply, and piece of equipment you need to build it.

By packaging it all together, the fastest way to fish a rod you know and trust, is to build it by hand.

Choose your rod blank and your component colors, go wild or keep it classy!

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Then, customize your handle material and grip style for full length, or split-grip setups. Plus, each kit already includes all the tools & supplies you will need.

Just choose which rod building kit fits your application, and you will be building your custom fishing rod in no time at all!

Popular Turnkey Fishing Rod Kits for:

Upgrading Rod Building Kits

As customers purchased the kits we were also hearing from them about an upgraded version with an MHX blank and higher end components, like guides, grips, etc. We responded and our customers jumped at the chance.

It has been Mud Hole’s policy to provide best in the industry customer service and suggestions and request from customers is something we take very seriously.

As the kits evolved we increased the purchase options to include more grips or various component options our customers were requesting, but the next move really changed the game.

Enter the all-new Turnkey rod kit selection tool… You can now jump on our website at mudhole.com/turnkey and narrow down the best rod for you with unique facets like freshwater, inshore, 2-Piece rods, and so on.

For instance, if you choose the Freshwater category it takes you the selection tool to build your own custom kit options.

Choose your Blank Color

Right out of the gate you can choose from 8 different colors, from the slate grey to a number of metallic options. The metallic blanks are from our most popular MHX blanks with a durable automotive coating and a UV clear.

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Choose your Components

Next, choose your components! All MHX Turnkey kits come with the Elite CRB guide sets featuring a 316 SS frame with a deep pressed, braid proof, Zirconium Oxide ring in either black or chrome.

For your handle options we have both EVA and Cork in either full or split grip configuration.

Finally, grab the equipment in the proper 110v or 220v for the correct Domestic, or International setup—and you are all set for shipping!

Technique Specific Turnkey Kits

From Freshwater to Salt and Offshore, to Ice fishing, fly fishing, and even Pro Tour Rods from Professional Bass Fishing’s finest, the new age of Turnkey kits offers something for everyone.

Don’t forget, since we have taken the guesswork out of choosing a blank and all the components, this makes a great gift for your favorite angler. 

Choose the CRB Color Series Turnkey Rod Kit! It’s a great holiday gift with 12 cool color options to choose from.

Plus, it comes in one box for easy wrapping and fits perfectly under your tree.

Learn more about custom all-in-one Turnkey Rod Building Kits below:

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