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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIBERGLASS, GRAPHITE AND CARBON FIBER FISHING RODS?

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  • WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIBERGLASS, GRAPHITE AND CARBON FIBER FISHING RODS?

    WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIBERGLASS, GRAPHITE AND CARBON FIBER FISHING RODS?

  • #2
    Fiberglass = $. Graphite = $$. Carbon Fiber = $$$.

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    • #3
      Carbon fiber and graphite are the same thing(graphite is carbon fiber). Just depends on manufacturer and location for which they call it. Difference between carbon fiber/graphite and fiberglass is mainly sensitivity and weight. Carbon fiber/graphite is much lighter, and much more sensitive. Situations for this would be for smaller fish, and lighter setups like a plastic worm for bass, etc. where bites are very light. Fiberglass is heavier and less sensitive, but it is fairly durable. Good for things like throwing a crankbait.

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      • #4
        Fiberglass rods are heavier and slower action than graphite rods. Action is based on the more flex a rod has from top to bottom the slower the action is. The higher end carbon fiber rods flex at only the top third of the rod. This stiffer, faster action is very sentive. You feel the subtle little things such as bites or even the lure bouncing off the bottom. Carbon is also lighter and allows you to cast much longer with less fatigue.
        Fiberglass is cheaper , very durable and desirable when casting heavy lures and weighted live baits! Fiberglass loads throughout the rod making casting baits less stressful in surf rod applications.
        Depending on the type of fishing you are looking to do really makes your decision for you, that and the money you are willing to spend.

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        • #5
          The Cost of a Rod is what makes the Difference of Action the Fish Person is looking for!!

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          • #6
            Weight, and stiffness then cost.

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            • #7
              Your fishing techniques all determine if graphite or fiberglass is better.

              Are you planning to cast topwater cues like spinnerbaits, buzz baits, or crankbaits? If so, then you’ll do best with a fiberglass rod that has a light or medium action tip. This is because the rod gives both sensitivity and lighter weight for easier casting.

              However, if you plan to fish in deeper waters or heavier covers, you want more sensitivity and weight. Graphite rods offer that, as it has a stiffer backbone with the weight you need when fishing in heavy cover.

              Graphite fishing rods are very lightweight and sensitive, much more than that of a fiberglass rod.

              Because of this, fiberglass rods are much better for retrieving large, fighting fish like the walleye or pike. Graphite rods are a bit stiffer and brittle, and because of its sensitivity and bend, it may break as you fight off bigger, more aggressive fish!

              Fiberglass fishing rods usually have a slow to medium action class, which is optimum for soft presentations of larger baits.

              Graphite rods, on the other hand, offer the fastest action and little flex, as most of the flex comes from the tip to go from flex to stiff in an instant!

              Fiberglass rods are the least expensive of fishing rod materials, while graphite rods are the most expensive choice.
              Last edited by alexlevin; 10-18-2020, 04:39 PM.

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              • #8
                the transmission of feeling of the bait and a bite to your hand and strength.

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