Musky America Magazine January 2023 Edition

Composite rods of fiber glass and graphite offer good backbone as well as the flexibility to properly play a fish reluctant to be landed. Rod lengths from 6 feet to 7 feet are pretty standard with the shorter and stouter rod being used to throw the jerk bait. If you're not sure, 6½ to 7 feet is usually a safe bet. There is a lot of hype about using a 7½', 8' and even 9' rods. Cal Johnson caught his World Record on a 5'9" be the judge! Remember that your rod is going to be attached to you for the better part of your Musky fishing day. For that reason, the handle and grip are areas of key concern. Each of us is different and so it stands to reason that when it comes to fishing rods: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. Buying your rod from a catalog is a lot like buying shoes through the mail. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes you don't. Go to a sport shop or tackle shop where you can "see, touch and feel". Handles should be around 20 inches from the rod butt to the end of the grip in front of the reel mounting area. (14" of 15" butt and 6" foregrip.) Your rod is going to be wet all of the time so make sure all metal parts are stainless steel. The rod tip line guide should be made of one solid piece without an insert. Inserts will dislodge regardless of what the salesperson tells you and you will be left with a useless rodI have given you a lot to think about and I would encourage you to do just that before you spend your hard earned cash. When you are in the middle of thousands of acres of water,