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When fishing, the most important tool to have on the water is a rod/pole. This acts as a lever, allowing the fisherman to play a fish and ultimately bring it to shore. Both words, rod, and pole are sometimes used interchangeably, many fishermen use both terms ubiquitously when describing their gear. There are differences, and if we dig deeper into the definitions, the contrast begins to make sense.
For the most part, kids fishing rods are not any longer than 3ft. The shorter length makes handling the rod much easier, especially if there is a fish at the end. The stout construction gives a rod very little play in the hands of a small child. The stiffness allows the hook to be set efficiently in a fish’s mouth, meaning there is less of a chance for a fish to throw the bait.
A fishing line is a cord used or made for fishing. The earliest fishing lines were made from leaves or plant stalk (Parker 2002). Later lines were constructed from horse hair or silk thread, with catgut leaders. From the 1850s, modern industrial machinery was employed to fashion fishing lines in quantity. Most of these lines were made from linen or silk, and more rarely cotton.