It is hard to believe there are only a few shopping days left until Christmas, so time is of the essence.
I have observed many shoppers in the sporting goods department of Walmart and Bass Pro trying to find that perfect gift in the right price range which won’t be returned the day after Christmas. Good luck!
Most anglers are delighted to open gifts on Christmas morning that will improve or make their fishing more enjoyable when they wet a line in the springtime. A quality rod is always a good bet whether it is bass or trout fishing. The price range can vary from $30 to $200. depending on the rod blank, guides and handle.
Remember, the more sensitive the rod to the bite, the sooner a fisherman will make a good hookset which can correlate to more fish in the livewell. I have fished with numerous brands of fishing rods over the years and have found three to be head-and-shoulders above the rest in performance, durability, and warranty work when necessary.
Rogue, Shimano and Rim Country Custom Rods produce equipment which is designed “by fishermen, for fishermen.” When the top pros make a recommendation, these companies respond to improve the anglers’ chances in catching that next fish.
It is important to note, that quality has a price tag and when you are selecting that special fishing gift, ask the following two questions.
What fishing technique is this rod designed to perform? For example, crankbaits, flipping and a Carolina rig are all bass techniques which require a unique style of rod.
The second question would be: Is there a replacement warranty if the rod breaks during normal use?
These three companies stand behind their products and have always honored their guarantee, if I had a problem with one of their fishing rods. Basically, all the customer has to do is to pay for shipping in getting a rod replacement.
These fishing rods can be purchased at the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin, Bass Pro in Mesa and Rim Country Custom Rods of Payson. If you have any questions about these rods, give any of them a call at: Rogue Rods: 1-877-352-7624; Tackle Box: (928) 479-2103; Bass Pro: (602) 606-5600; and Rim Country Custom Rods: (928) 468-0263.
If you are still in a quandary, then, how about a combination fishing and hunting license for the year 2009? It’s a great gift for that outdoorsman, and he might even take you fishing!
Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season.