In all the angler's outfit there is no other article so important as the rod, and when a true angler has found one that is just right for his particular kind of fishing he cares for it as tenderly as the sportsman gunner cares for his fine, high-priced firearms, and has a greater regard for it. This is but natural, and a fine fishing rod, especially the light and resilient fly-rod, cannot fairly be compared with a firearm, or other sporting equipment. A gun in the hands of a hunter becomes only the means by which the end is attained, but the fishing rod in the hands of the angler is something more — it is, when in use, as a part of himself, seemingly like an extension of his arm, and he uses it as though it were a portion of that member, and not a separate and inanimate article.
Of course there are rods and rods, from the beautiful four ounce fly rod costing a whole pocketful of money to the humble cane rod used in still fishing and costing only a few cents. Naturally the choice of rod depends on the style of fishing that it is needed for and the kind of fish that it is expected to take.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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