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Yeow! 17" Catfish by the Jefferson Memorial! Learn to Fish in 30 Seconds!

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Yes, you can use a bamboo pole or stick, most probably 8 feet minimum, but there are basically, more commonly, two types of modern rod, and it's all in what they are made of.

Fiberglass is known for its flexibility, but also for its weight; it is a "heavier" rod than graphite, which is known for its stiffness and light weight. Some rods are now a combination of stiff handles with flexible tips.

All rods should say along the side what the length is, what is the ideal weight/lure, and whether it is a "medium" or "medium heavy" rod; these latter have no standards. So it is just a matter of feel. I put the butt-end of the rod in the instep of my foot and then pull down slightly on the tip. If just the top 1/3 - 1/4 bends then that is too light for me; I like to see a bend at the half-way point - normally considered medium.

I can't say there are any rules, but my preference is the longer the rod the stiffer I would want it. There are also rigs called ultralite, with rods 5' or less and reels not much bigger than a walnut. These give a big fish feel to little fish. For panfishing, a 5-5.5' light rod would be a good "ultra-lite" starter. 6.5' medium rod is probably the best all-around spinning rod length. The longer the rod, the farther you can cast, but not necessarily more accurately.

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