Fishing Rods: Lengths, Powers and Actions

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Picking the right tool for the job starts with an understanding of these three variables.

PARK FALLS, Wisc. (May 3, 2021) – It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer number of different fishing rods available today. In its quest to offer anglers the upper hand in any fishing situation, St. Croix Rod, the Park Falls, Wisconsin-based, family-owned American rod manufacturer, offers over 700 distinct rod models alone.

So, how does one go about making the right choice?

There are many variables that affect a fishing rod’s performance and price, including materials, components, engineering, manufacturing technologies, and much more. But, moving into the more-fundamental realm of what a fishing rod actually needs to do in a given situation, basic performance is dictated by three primary variables: length, power, and action.

Length and power are almost always printed somewhere on any fishing rod. St. Croix reveals all three. In addition to the range of line and lure weights the rod was designed for, every St. Croix spinning and casting rod features a distinct model number that clearly reveals its length, power and action. For example, the characters in MJS70MF stand for Mojo Bass (series), spinning (type), 7’0” (length), medium (power), and fast (action).