It’s Not the Size of Your Rod But What You Do With it That Counts

Oh, if I had a penny for every time a man said this to me, well, I’d be quite a rich woman….

When it comes to rods, men automatically equate length being equal to quality when it comes to performance, but in my opinion, this is rarely ever the case.

Having a long rod is all well and good, but it’s not going to be much use to you if you don’t know how to handle it properly. Making the most of your rod is as much about technique as it is about length and girth.

There are many points to consider when handling your rod, two of the most important being your grip and your stance. Rods can be slippery in certain circumstances and so you need to ensure that you have a good grip on it at all times. The last thing you want is to lose control of your precious rod…..

Stance is something that isn’t given as much consideration as it should. Ideally, you need to keep your feet planted at approximately shoulder-width apart from one another, this will ensure that, when you get a firm tug on your rod, you are able to withstand the pulling motion and still maintain control of your piece. Losing your balance and falling on your face (as well as your rod) is not a good idea – it’s both painful and embarrassing.

Patience does not seem to be a virtue that many men have. They all seem to want to stick their rod out there and expect a nibble on it straight away. Men need to learn the art of placement when it comes to dangling their rod; they need to understand and appreciate the importance of making their rod look as attractive and appealing as possible, this is the only way that they’ll successfully feel a tug on it by the end of the day.

You may have to spend hours with your rod hanging out, adopting the spread stance and gripping on more with the hope than the expectation that yours will be the lucky one that day. The good thing about this practice is that men seem to like to do it in pairs or groups and mainly in outdoor areas where water and wildlife are present. When I go for a jog around my local park, you’d be surprised at how many men I’ve seen with their rods dangling out before them. What’s more is that these men will stay up all night holding their rods – an example of dedication if ever I’ve seen one.

Men, having the biggest rod doesn’t automatically mean that you know what to do with it. Sometimes it’s the smaller guys with the lesser rods that get more tugs at the end of the day. You can possess the biggest one there is but if you don’t know how to wield it then there’s not much point in having it.

After all, it’s not the size of your rod that matters but what you do with it that counts.


It’s all about the angle of your dangle….


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27 responses to “It’s Not the Size of Your Rod But What You Do With it That Counts

  1. Oh, this is too funny! 😀 What a great way to start my day. I enjoyed this, Heather – and I’ll never again think about fishing in quite the same manner as before!

  2. I always feel the worse for the guys who have the really big rods but that never get them wet. Instead, they talk a good game but never actually cast. Far preferable is that quiet gent with the Pocket Fisherman. He certainly knows how to wriggle his worms!

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  4. Yep. I knew it was a double entendre, but I didn’t figure it our until the fourth paragraph. What makes me sad is the man that puts his rod away after the big catch. It’s important to find a partner who supports continual rod usage and technique improvement.

    • LOL Mark! 🙂

      I’m glad that I had you going for a little while, I do love using the double entendre…..

      I totally agree, any partner worth their salt should encourage continued rod usage and there is always always room for improvement in how a man masters his rod. Sometimes a flick of the wrist is all that’s needed for a man to get more out of his rod…… 🙂

  5. Sometimes here in the States, Heather, we also call it a pole.

    It’s also very important that you use the proper line, of course.

    That’s most important if you’d like any of the beauties to go for your bait.

    Ah, the fishing days. 🙂

  6. Reblogged this on Odyssey of a Novice Writer and commented:
    One of the most humorous posts I’ve come across. Enjoy.

  7. Reblogged this on Confessions of a published author and commented:
    Great post, thanks for posting

  8. What use is a rod without a fish out to get caught?

  9. Maybe your next one could be on “Birds, and the worms they catch!”

  10. I needed to read this in my younger days. But it probably would have gone over my, ‘er, head.

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