The popularization of spinning rods and multifunctional rods has made the technical process easier for fishermen. But the main advantage of this trend was the empowerment of fishing in the most difficult conditions. Despite this, classical fishing rods remain in demand, among which a special place is occupied by the match rod, known for its English origin. Such “sticks” are distinguished by a plug-in type of fixation of the knees, and are also provided with a handle with coil retainer and flow rings. Actually, the distinctive feature of the English rods is the presence of a large number of rings under the fishing line of different diameters (maximum is about 20 cm), which are fixed on high legs. So that the acquisition of such a rod does not disappoint, you should take a responsible approach to his choice, taking into account several important criteria.

Mast length

The best match rod

Classic rods of this type were previously produced in three lengths: the shortest had 3.6 m, medium ones - 3.9 m, and their maximum reached 4.2 m. However, over time, 4.5 m models appeared, and in our days will not be difficult to find even 6-meter English rods. So, which match rod to choose from the options presented? In terms of ease of use, short models are preferable. They are maneuverable, lightweight and do an excellent job of fishing at short distances, and in the boat this is an ideal option. But there are such versions and significant limitations. One of them is the impossibility of working with floats, even of medium weight, so you will have to forget about a big fish with such a rod.

The length of 4.2 m is universal, as it allows fishing on both small and medium and long distances. Their functionality is wider than short rods, but in some cases it is not enough for catching large predators. Models at 5-6 m theoretically allow you to perform all the functions of fishing rods. Initially, the length of the match rod of this class provides tremendous opportunities for long-distance casts. But not every fisherman can cope with her weight. Especially when you consider that such "sticks" are initially focused on large fish.

Rod power

First you need to decide what is called power in relation to rods. This is the ability to maintain a float with a certain mass. Such indicators load capacity are called tests, as identified in the process of testing equipment. There are several categories of power that a match rod can have in one way or another. The first category includes models with a range of dough from 2 to 10 grams. The second group covers a range of 5-25 grams, and the third group is called carp and can work with floats weighing up to 30 grams. The most powerful rods have tests from 10 to 40 grams. It would seem, it is enough to determine the mass of the float and proceed to the choice of the rod. In fact, professional fishermen seek to provide a full range of forms. But since the cost of rods is quite high, it is necessary to limit this choice. The best option is often the purchase of masts of the first two categories, in extreme cases - only the second.

What to consider in mass and balance?

Those who dealt with bolognaise should be guided by the same principles of choice. But it should be remembered that the match rod will be a little harder. The weight of the rod is influenced by several factors in addition to the coil. In particular, throughput mounted rings and handle. As an example, we can give the following calculation: rods with a length of 4.2 m weigh an average of 300 grams. You should also focus on power, which directly affects the mass. The optimal balance is calculated under the individual physical data of the fisherman, so you should practice with the “sticks” of different weights before buying.

Choice rods on order

In this case, the important indicators of stiffness and mass, which will be determined by equipment. A feature of the mast rods is the scatter of the centers of gravity. For a beginner, the best match rod will combine high speed with softness. This is a universal combination that allows you to work effectively on the current and maintain control of predators during the movement. A soft and slow rod is suitable for catching large predators, allowing for precise control of the fish. However, to use them, experience with podsak is needed. For experienced fishermen should recommend a hard and fast rod. As a rule, these are long-range models, allowing to equip equipment with heavy floats. Dumping is easy and practically effortless fisherman, but it requires skill when throwing.

Requirements for the handle and the coil holder

The reel seat must be securely fastened to the reel and ensure easy handling. These are the main characteristics of this component of the rod. Modern versions also allow the user to move the holder in a certain range. It is advisable not to save on such an option - the convenience of the grip in the process of catching gives a great advantage. Also it should be taken into account that there are almost no lock coils on the market today, so you should immediately focus on the screw mechanisms, rear or front.

Relative to the handle, the selection of the match rods should be done on the basis of the material. Typically, this element is made of synthetic rubber (neopren) or tube. But there are also combination options where the butt part are made of cork materials, and the rest of neoprene. From the point of view of durability and strength cheaper to buy the handle of cork, although there are quite reliable model of the rubber.


If you compare the English "sticks" with other analogues, then, of course, there will be certain disadvantages. However, in one match rod will always have an advantage - it is a user-friendly and flexible tool for fishing. The range of models offered in the market allows you to choose the option for catching almost any fish. It does not matter the conditions of fishing. Masts allow you to successfully catch and from the shore, and from a boat. The main thing - to choose a rod of appropriate length and correctly assemble the snap.