Fishing Rods

Make Anaconda your go-to for a range of quality rods including spin rods, bait caster rods, and more. Explore our fishing rod range online for the latest deals.

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What is the best brand of fishing rods?

Experienced anglers understand the value of their fishing rod. Australia has some of the best saltwater and freshwater fishing in the world, and it's easy to take up fishing even at a young age. Some fishing rod brands such as Jarvis Walker and Shimano have been around for generations and are trusted to handle tough Australian conditions.

Every angler is different, so it is important to purchase a fishing rod and reel that is comfortable to handle. The weight of a fishing rod is increased dramatically with the pull of fish, the tug of currents and tension on the line, so age-appropriate gear is important for beginners.

The hand grips and reel should suit your hand size and facilitate fingertip sensitivity so you know exactly when the fish are biting. Anaconda fishing rod manufacturers design high-performance rods and reels using graphite and stainless steel for maximum flex and durability. Tactile sensitivity and high performance allows you to pull in big fish even with a basic fishing rig.

The best brands of fishing rods are all found under one roof at Anaconda, Australia's favourite outdoor equipment specialist. The Australian bush and waterways are popular destination, and fishing is always on trend, so it could be time to investigate great Anaconda fishing rod options to see what all the fuss is about. We don't like to brag, but you are guaranteed to discover best brand fishing rods at unbeatable prices at Anaconda.

What are the different types of fishing rods?

There are hundreds of fishing rod products available at Anaconda online or in-store. The rod options and gear you choose should provide all-round fishing satisfaction according to your fishing style. Fishing is an ideal way to connect with the outdoors, and fishing rods make great gifts, fun accessories and partners for life. At Anaconda, the quality choices are all yours, whether you are a beginner dipping your toes in the water, or an experienced boatie looking for the best fishing rod available.

Fishing rods have been used by civilisations around the world for millennia. Fishing rod workmanship and materials have evolved, although the aim remains the same. With the right rod in experienced hands there is far greater chance of a successful fishing trip, and the fishing rod choices at Anaconda are designed to satisfy every type of angler.

Casting Rods: A well balanced casting rod allows you to accurately place the bait or lure. Casting rods are a great option for the casual and experienced angler.

Spinning Rods: Slightly smaller and lighter than casting rods, with spinning reel underneath, spinning fishing rods are used by amateur fishermen worldwide.

Fly Rods: These rods are usually thin, flexible and lightweight, allowing the angler to work the rod and bait back and forth across river or stream.

Sea Fishing Rods: Designed for use on boats, sea fishing rods are thick, heavy-duty, and usually quite short in case tough shark or game fish take the bait.

Rock Fishing Rods: Safety starts with appropriate fishing gear, footwear and clothing. An extra-length durable rock fishing rod allows you to land big fish from a safe distance.

Surf Rods: Deserving of their own category for Australians, surf rods allow you to wade in for a long cast, settle into your favourite beach chair, enjoy the serenity, and wait for the action.

How long should a fishing rod be?

It's never too soon to learn how to fish, and most youngsters start off with a hand reel at some point. However, it won't be long before more substantial fishing equipment is required to bring home the catch of the day, and experienced anglers own various fishing rods suited for different purposes. Extremely long surf rods are a common sight on Australian beaches, while shorter, stouter rods are ideal for use on sea-going vessels.

If you are planning on fly fishing, you will require a whip-like fly rod. You will also be benefited by good wading pants/boots for full waterproofing. For beginners, a spinning reel rod is a good option. They are a basic set-up without too many moving parts. You don't generally need to cast long distances, making a compact fishing rod set-up a good choice while you are adapting your personalised fishing style. If you catch the fishing bug it won't be long before you own a range of rods for various types of fishing. It isn't surprising, especially as Anaconda offers a lowest price guarantee, a superior range of products and an unbeatable online or in-store purchasing experience.

How to set up a fishing rod?

By this stage you will have purchased a fishing rod and reel suited to your needs. If you want to upgrade or invest in quality gear, visit your nearest Anaconda store for personalised guidance and inspiration. We are Australia's favourite outdoor equipment specialist for all the right reasons, so take the opportunity to test fishing rods out first-hand to get the right feel for your new rod.

If purchasing a rod and reel separately, ensure that they are designed to go together. You need synchronised gear, and that's another reason Anaconda establishes partnerships with leading brand manufacturers who provide a comprehensive product range. The fishing line, hook and bait should also sync with the rod and reel to outsmart the elusive fish, and if you require top-line fishing rods at affordable prices, look no further than Anaconda.

Fishing reels are easy to use, and easy to misuse. Many fishing trips have been ruined by improper use of a fishing rods and reels, so there is no shame in asking questions from the experts at Anaconda. Here are some reel features worth becoming familiar with during set up of your fishing rod.

  • Spool for winding fishing line around
  • Handle for turning the spool and adding tension to the line
  • Bail arm and drag knob for controlling the speed line comes out of the spool
  • Reel foot for connecting the reel to the rod
  • Line roller for guiding the line from spool to rod

The rod tip, handle and line guides also assist for comfortable fishing rod performance. A well balanced fishing rod from Anaconda can transform your fishing experience and help you land the catch of the day. There are several steps that must be followed for correctly setting up a fishing rod.

  1. Connect the reel to the seat on the fishing rod. Make sure it is a sturdy fit.
  2. Spool the fishing line on the reel correctly. Take guidance from an experienced angler.
  3. String the rod, guiding the line through the rod's eye holes.
  4. Tie correct knots for bait, hooks and lures. Every fisherman has their favourite style.
  5. Set the drag knob on your reel. It will take experience and feel to get it exactly right.
  6. Casting the bait. Harder than it looks, but you will be in the swing of things in no time.
  7. Reeling in the line. There are lots of techniques and styles worth exploring.

How to clean fishing rods?

Cleaning a fishing rod isn't difficult, but care is essential to ensure all mechanisms are in good working order. If you are like most people, you probably started out using cheaper fishing equipment that didn't last long, or used the wrong equipment entirely on a fishing trip. Fortunately, the most well-known marine and fishing brands such as Jarvis Walker and Shimano are available Australia-wide, so you can enjoy a consistent fishing experience wherever you are. However, you will need to clean your rod and reel thoroughly if they get dunked in saltwater. Sea mist and sand can also impact the reel, so make sure the reel is clean and dry when you hang the rod up in storage. Here are a few tips to ensure your fishing rod remains clean, dry and ready for your next outing.

  • Tighten the fishing line drag to prevent water ingress
  • Softly brush particles and dust off the rod, reel, handles and guides
  • Use mild detergent and a soft cloth to wipe off stains and residue
  • Hose off with a light spray to remove soap or salt residues
  • Leave the rod in a warm, dry space while remaining water evaporates
  • Apply a quick burst of WD40, CRC or other product to bearings and spinning reels

A quality rod and reel looked after correctly can last a lifetime. That's why serious anglers choose Anaconda products for fishing, hiking, camping and 4WD adventures. Taking care of business is easy when you have specialist apparel and equipment on your side, whether it's a surf rod, overhead rod, casting rod, bait caster or boat fishing rod for deep sea fishing.

Additional space-saving and versatile solutions for your rods should include racks for storage at home, and holders for securing your rod while on the boat or on the sand. For the best value wide range of fishing lines and other outdoor equipment available, shop with Anaconda.

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