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About 50 years ago, the first fiberglass rod hit the market. At the time, there were only three powers: light, medium and heavy.
In the 1970s, the rod market exploded with the popularity of tournament bass fishing. Today, rods on the shelves of any tackle shop are highly specialized. With varying components, speeds, tapers and more, most modern rods are technique-specific.
Over the past decade, design features like split grips, micro guides and more have further enhanced the rods used in tournaments and on farm ponds, alike.