When selecting a float rod, decide what purpose it must serve and what action is needed. Shorter float rods, like the RAVEN® 11’6” Steelheader are more versatile, and can be used for bottom-bouncing and casting spinners, not just running floats. They also help keep the line away from over hanging trees. Longer rods are designed for a specific purpose: to maximize the control of your float. Extra long float rods (15 feet or longer) not only increase float control, but are the best option when drifting floats through deep pools or fishing at extreme range. They hold more line off the water, set the hook harder and make mending the line easier.
The next step in rod selection is to decide the appropriate length and number of sections. Float rods are typically available in two or three sections. With fewer sections to handle, traditional two-piece models are convenient to take apart and move around when fully rigged. Three-piece models are easier to store, fit safely in your trunk and are ideal when traveling.
Float rods are generally tied with small, high-frame guides. High-frame guides keep the line away from the rod blank, allowing the line to run smoothly and naturally. To ensure ideal performance from the blank, there should be roughly the same number of guides on the rod as its length (13 feet = 13 guides). Guides that are too small tend to ice up quickly in winter, while guides that are too large dampen the action of the blank. RAVEN® rods feature a custom designed high-frame No.6 tip top guide that helps reduce ice-up in cold weather, but is still light enough to get the most action out of the blank.
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