Everyone has their preferences & their favourites. Long ones, short ones, inbetweeny ones, bendy ones, stiff ones, red ones, black ones, yellow ones, one piece, two piece, three piece, expensive ones, cheap ones, and everything inbetween.

When it comes to describing the action of a rod, I don’t know many people who truly claim to understand it all. Most anglers that have been at it for a while, have tried a few different rods, and have come to appreciate which qualities are important to them and the way that they fish.

It’s possible to choose just about any type of rod these days. It’s easy enough to find one and to order it. Forums & Blog reviews, manufacturers descriptions all allow us to get an insight into what the rods are good at, and not so good at. But, there’s one thing that the manufacturers can’t build in, and one thing that the reviewers can’t tell you ….. is your new rod a ‘lucky rod’?

Some rods just catch fish from day one. Some only seem to catch big fish. However, some rods seem cursed. The first fishless session isn’t too bad, at least you got to cast it & feel it’s action with a few different lures, but after a couple of sessions with no fish you just want to feel what it’s like with a fish on the end. A few sessions later it’s all getting a bit too much. Why can’t I catch a fish on this rod ? Even snagging a patch of weed now starts to feel attractive. A switch of rod the next day brings an immediate result, so the fish are there, so it’s back to the new rod, and …. still no fish !! What on earth !!!

Which one is the lucky rod ?

Is it time to sell it on ? Should a chicken be sacrificed (note: no animals were sacrificed in the writing of this Blog post) ? Can a local ‘person of the cloth’ throw some holy water in it’s general direction ? Do I need to start to talk to it, perhaps take it to bed at night ? Is bad-angling involved ?

There’s one thing that’s for sure though, is that lucky rods need to be cherished, they don’t come along often, & maybe in Harry Potter fashion they select the angler, not the other way around. Should you even tell someone that you have a lucky rod, or is that too much of a risk, too much of a temptation for your friend, will you be able to maintain your friendship once they know that you own such a coveted item, maybe it’s time to lock it up ?

Silent success might be the best policy. Maybe only talk to the lucky rod about it. Yes, secrecy is the best bet.

There is no lucky rod. Honest. No lucky rods to be seen here. Move along please ……

  1. I have a rod, its NOT a lucky rod, but Salmon seem to like to come out onto the bank to have alook @ it. It is a 5 year old Shakespear 7wt, it cost me £30,00.
    Three years ago I went to Ireland, we were staying with John Quinlan @ Thatch Cottage, after a few days Bassing, John said, lets try the river for some fish, which ment Salmon! Oh well I thought Ill take old Shakey.
    This was the first time I had been Salmon fishing,so it was all a bit new to me & old Shakey. Well by the end of the day, a 5lb & a 7lb Salmon had come on to the bank to see this old rod, after the Salmon & the rod had had a good look @ each other, the Salmon went back into the river.
    The following year we went back over to Johns, the weather was typically Irish, the rain was coming side ways, the wind was blowing its head off, & the sea was rough, we gave it our best shot, but had to admit defeat.
    So it was up to the river to give us some sport, the day we went, the rain had stoped & the wind had droped. I thought Shakey would like to have another look @ the river & those Irish Salmon seem to like the look of old Shakey, the first one to come & say hello was 8lb, the second one was 7lb, & when Shakey cast his fly into a long deep pool, a 11lb Salmon, thought he would give Shakey a good look over, they seemed to have problems finding each other, as it took Shakey 20 mins to tell the Salmon were he was on the bank. The Salmon was a bit tired by time he got to the shingle bank, so the three of us just sat & looked @ each other.
    Me, the Salmon, & that old £30 Shakey rod

  2. I think there’s too much emphasis Today on collecting the latest tackle as an end in itself. Sure it’s nice to use modern gear but it does not need to cost the earth just to keep up with fashions. A favourite rod will usually evolve over time. You will tend to use this more and therefore
    there will be more chance of catching and you may come to regard the rod as lucky. Robin

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