View Full Version : Evolution of Crappie Fishing Rods by Brad Wiegmann

07-24-2018, 02:01 PM

Over the years crappie anglers have fished for crappie with everything from bamboo to telescopic poles and now fishing rods. Yes there is a difference between a fishing pole and fishing rod. A fishing pole is normally made from natural elements while a rod is from composite materials, however, new technology along with advances in materials are quickly changing the dynamics of crappie fishing poles and rods.

Crappie fishing anglers have come a long ways since bamboo poles; however, there are still anglers that fish with one or a jointed bamboo pole. Itís noted that the best bamboo for poles is grown and processed in China. Today there are still several companies building and selling bamboo poles.


ďCrappie fishing rods have evolved over the years. It began with bamboo poles and still is influenced by the same parabolic action, little bit of backbone and a loose tip for light bites of a bamboo pole. Again, itís the bend we are looking for regardless of the materials itís made from when it comes to fishing poles and rods,Ē said owner of BíníM Poles Jack Wells.

After a period of time crappie poles and rods began to be built from fiberglass blanks. Over 60 years ago, BíníM Poles (www.bnmpoles.com (http://www.bnmpoles.com)) came out with the Black Widow Pole. ďEven with fiberglass being a more lightweight material it still emulates the action of a bamboo pole,Ē said Wells.
ďAs time goes on and we all know that crappie feed upwards so to be able to see or feel a strike, we began to make rods out of graphite. Graphite was a great choice for allowing the angler to feel a strike. We introduced BíníM Poles Buckís Graphite rod back in 1979 and was the first graphite crappie rod introduce in to the United States. Lightweight, sensitive and you could feel the bite, however, Buckís Graphite rod still emulates the action of a bamboo rod in many ways,Ē said Wells.

Buckís Graphite rod features a long handle and fore grip allowing the angler to balance the rod and reel easily. This allowed anglers to vertically jig fish easily.

Another driving force in the development of crappie rods was new, innovative fishing techniques. Crappie anglers are still vertically jigging, however, spider rigging or trolling has become extremely popular. Itís not unusual to see anglers trolling in the front, back or both decks.

One rod that has evolved from a new specific trolling method is the Pow-R-Troller. This heavy action trolling rod can handle a weight up to 3-ounceswith little bend in the rod tip. Itís constructed from high density graphite with durable EVA handle, short foregrip and rear-mount rod collar to fit into rod holders.

With the introduction of graphite rod blanks a new premium crappie rod has been established for vertical jig fishing. ďWe discovered that a bottom mounted reel seat gives you more extension of the rod, a shorter foregrip and will balance perfect when vertically jigging with less fatigue,Ē said Wells.

New crappie fishing techniques are also demanding new rod lengths. ďIn the old days, we had our one length bamboo poles that went up to 12 feet at the most. Then we had 14- or -16-feet rods for anglers. Now anglers are wanting their rods out away from the boat even farther so now crappie anglers can select from 8- to 20-feet long rods,Ē said Wells.

There have been so many changes in fishing rods over the years and so many more to come. Crappie anglers can expect rod materials to change for the better as new techniques demand for fishing rods to change to fit the technique.


07-24-2018, 02:05 PM
Great read

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07-24-2018, 04:12 PM
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07-24-2018, 05:03 PM
Thanks. Crappie Poles and Crappie Rods.

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07-24-2018, 06:35 PM
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07-24-2018, 06:56 PM
Great read

ET Fish
07-24-2018, 07:43 PM
Enjoyed reading this!

07-25-2018, 04:42 AM
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07-25-2018, 06:12 AM
I absolutely love B n' M rods. Have 3 of them now and plan on another before the end of this season.

Yak Fish
07-25-2018, 06:37 AM
The difference in a fishing rod and a fishing pole is a reel seat and line guides. Rod has 'em, pole doesn't.

There's a difference between bamboo and cane too. Bamboo is a non-native species originally from Asia, while River Cane (Arundinaria Gigantea) has been growing in North America for millennia before white man ever got here. River cane is in the bamboo family, but it is more flexible, more durable, and has a better backbone than bamboo. I tried to fish with some bamboo poles I cut about 35 years ago and had trouble with some of them splitting lengthwise under pressure. Once I figured out the difference between river cane and bamboo, the cane poles I cut no longer split and they had more than enough backbone & strength to handle bigger fish. The river cane also has a narrower profile than bamboo and is less likely to split than bamboo is.


07-25-2018, 06:43 AM
This was very informative. Thank you.

PawPaw "gene"
07-25-2018, 07:15 AM
Good read, great rods.

07-25-2018, 05:25 PM
Great story. I have a 6' B & M Crappie Spinning Rod and enjoy using it for crappies and occasionally, bass.

07-25-2018, 06:37 PM
Bought my first B n M rod this year. Best rod I have ever had in my hand.

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