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Campbell, A.J. Classic and Antique Fly-fishing Tackle. The Lyons Press. 2002: 36. "A John Krider 10 foot, 6 piece "trunk" rod, fashioned in about 1870-75, had male spikes similar to Newark females, and the reel-seat area looked amazingly like the work of Charles Murphy." 3.05 m
Fly Fishing. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. June 2009. "… method of angling employing a long rod, typically 7 to 11 feet (2 to 3.5 metres) in length, constructed of carbon fibre, fibreglass, or bamboo, and a simple arbor reel holding a heavy line joined to a lighter nylon leader." 2.13-3.35 m
Rosenbauer, Tom. The Orvis Fly-fishing Guide. The Lyons Press. 2007: 19. "Standard lengths for trout and bass fly rods run from 7.5 to 9 feet…. With graphite,though, it is possible to make a practical fly rod for a 6-weight line as long as 10.5 feet. Saltwater fly rods are almost universally 9 feet long, with a few half-foot longer or shorter. Single-handed rods for steelhead and salmon fishing are typically between 9 and 10 feet long, with the 10-footers getting the edge today because the longer rod helps control the fly line on bigger rivers. Two-handed rods are made as long as 15 feet, but these are most commonly used for salmon and steelhead, although dedicated two-handed fly fishers use them in trout streams and in the surf off the northeast coast." 2.27-4.57m
Godbout, Oscar. Wood, Field and Stream; Payane Fishing Rod: It's Worth More Than Its Weight in Gold. NY Times. 1966. "Orvis does have a fishing rod selling for $230 but it is a 14 foot two handed salmon rod weighing nearly 20 ounces, which is something different from a light trout rod." 4.27 m
Chapo, Richard. How to Set Up a Fly Fishing Rod. Article Alley. 2007. "The rod length might be around six feet for fishing small streams and up to fifteen feet when fishing salt water flats." 1.83-4.57m

Fishing is an activity of catching fish which are usually caught in the wild. There are many techniques to catch fish which include hand gathering, spearing, angling and trapping. Angling is what a fishing rod is used for. Fishing has dated back to 40,000 years ago during the Paleolithic period. Archaeologist found shell middens, discarded fish bones and cave paintings which proved how essential fishing was for food and survival.

Rod selection is one of the most important aspects in fishing the right fishing rod will make you a more successful fisherman. Fishing rods come in a large variety of styles and lengths, each designed for specific uses to meet a particular situation. They usually range from 1-5 meters with prices ranging from $35-300. There are two main types of fishing rods which are the fly fishing rod and the typical rod. When casting from a fly fishing rod you are aiming for a target 10-15 feet away from you. However, when aiming from a regular fishing pole you're looking at a target 40-50 feet away. When the target is substantially shorter you need to be very accurate. This is where length of a rod is vital. So, the next time you're thinking of playing a sport try fishing, not only do you work out, but you have something on your plate for dinner!

Monica Buklan -- 2009