What Are the Parts on a Fishing Rod Called?

Want to impress your friends with your superb knowledge on what each part of a fishing rod is called? We've gathered the most important parts in this article, so buckle up!

“I don’t really give two you know what’s about the parts of a fishing rod, I just grab the rod, do some fishing, and hope to catch some fish.” Does that accurately describe, more or less, your initial thought when you clicked on this article?

Quite honestly, it’s a fair thought. After all, not everyone who goes fishing is an avid enthusiast of the activity, and many people just go to have a good time and not put much thought into it.

That’s all good and fine in our books but knowing the specific parts of a fishing rod can play a significant role when it comes to educating yourself on the sport. Better knowing the science behind the fishing rod can also make it easier to buy one that’s right for you.

So, even if you’re not an avid fisherman, if you still plan to go fishing several times throughout the year, you might want to know what the parts of the rod are called. Or, you know, you might want to know them just to impress your fishermen friends!

Blanks

Outside of the next component, the blank is arguably the most recognizable part of a fishing rod. The blanks are the main sections of the rod that everything else will be attached to. Some will also call them barrels too. Some will come in either two or three sections and then they’ll be slotted together.

One of the reasons you see some blanks cut into sections is to enhance the portability of the fishing rod. Regarding what they’re usually made out of, that can vary. However, two very popular material types are graphite composites and fiberglass. Be aware, though, that some high-end graphite rods can cost quite the pretty penny.

As far as which is better between graphite and fiberglass, it kind of depends on what you’re looking for. The slower action of fiberglass is sometimes preferred by anglers, but graphite rods come in handy when you want an extremely lightweight and sensitive rod.

The handle

One of the most crucial parts of a fishing rod is the handle, which is also known as the grip. All in all, a handle will generally consist of a reel seat, butt cap, and grips. One of the best aspects of the handle is the fact that it’s very customizable. The handle you decide to use will ultimately come down to your preference and what you’re looking for.

Talking about all the handle materials would probably take hours out of your time, so just know that there’s a ton of variety when it comes to it. From cork tape to wood to EVA foam to PVC, there truly is something different out there for everyone. The different materials will help to serve different purposes, and they’ll also create differing feels.

The butt or cap

As you would expect, the butt or cap is what you’ll see at the very end of the fishing rod. It attaches to the end of the handle and helps to protect the end of the rod from damage. As simple as it seems, though, there are still some buying considerations to take with the butt.

They can come in a variety of materials from plastic to cork to rubber to even carbon fiber. The size and the shape of the butt can also play a role too. As far as which material is superior, it ultimately comes down to personal preference as materials such as EVA foam and cork (and others) will be good choices.

Eyes or guides

Whether you see them called eyes or guides, these components are what you’ll actually thread the fishing line through. The type of rod you buy and the length will help to dictate the spacing, size, and number you’ll need for guides. Typically, they’ll be made out of brass or any other type of metal.

Some of the more high-end, expensive guides will come with a ceramic ring on the inside. On top of adding strength to the ring, this also aids in the overall movement of the line. When both reeling in and casting, the smoothness provided from the ceramic ring will be noticed.

Windings

So, the thing about windings is they don’t play a critical role when it comes to the performance of a rod. Due to such, they don’t often get talked about all that often and can get swept under the rug. However, in the overall foundation of a rod, they’re important.

Playing more of a supporting role, windings will prevent the guides from being torn off of the rod. Additionally, they can help to reduce the friction of the fishing line when it’s moving on and off the best surf fishing reels out there.

They’re typically just made of string, and they’ll also usually be installed with some form of adhesive and then painted over in another material. In general, it’s just important to ensure that the windings are strong and finished well (windings encased in enamel are really good).

Ferrules

Ferrules are going to apply to rods that have multiple blanks as these will allow the blanks to be slotted together. In general, they’re going to be somewhat delicate and easy to damage. Essentially, they’re the meeting point between the separate blanks.

Though they can be delicate, you certainly don’t want weak ferrules as the last thing you want is your fishing rod falling apart on a cast or retrieve. Getting those that create a secure and firm rod is recommended. Also, when assembling and dismantling the rod with the ferrules, be sure to take great care to not break the ferrules.

Hook keepers

One of the most convenient parts of a fishing rod can be hook keepers. A hook keeper is pretty much just a ring that can be attached near the handle to allow the hook to slip through. What this allows you the ability to do is to move around without a worry of your line swinging free and the hook catching on random obstacles.

As simple as they are, they’re super convenient as there’s a good chance that you’ll have to switch positions while you’re fishing as fish might not be biting in a specific spot.

Final thoughts

The reality of the situation is just reading this post isn’t going to make you an expert regarding the different parts of a fishing rod. However, we hope this was a nice starting overview for those of you who were just looking to get a little more educated on the topic matter.

On another note, do you know one of the best ways to go fishing? Well, in a tandem kayak with a buddy, of course! Wait, what the heck is a tandem kayak?

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Tyler Jones

Tyler is much like a swiss knife. Even though he has a degree in Computer Science, he knows almost everything there is to know about camping. He has been writing for HeadlessNomad since 2021 and has contributed with over 100 articles. If you have an outdoor-related question, then Tyler much likely knows the answer.