FISHING-ROD. A long slender rod or wand, to which the line is fastened, for angling. Of these there are several sorts; as, 1. A troller, or trolling rod, which has a ring at the end of the rod, for the line to go through when it runs off a reel. 2. A whipper, or whipping rod ; a top rod, that is weak in the middle, and top heavy, but all slender and fine. 3. A dropper, which is a strong rod, and very light. 4. A snapper, or snap rod, which is a strong pole, peculiarly used for pike. 5. A bottom rod; being the same as the dropper, but somewhat more pliable.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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