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What is the difference between "action" and "taper"?

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When trying to evaluate the differences between different rods I see terms like "action" and "taper" and I have always thought they referred to the same thing and the terms were interchangeable. Recently I heard that is not true and I am confused, can someone educate me?

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Action refers to the circumference and power associated with a rod

Light

Medium/Light

Medium

Medium/Heavy

Heavy

Mag Heavy or Flipping

The stouter action in the rod the more power you have to control the fish. 

 

Taper refers to how fast or slow the tip is and where on the blank the rod flexes when it loads

Moderate (more parabolic - bends closer to the middle of the blank)

Fast (bends closer to the tip and is stiffer)

Extra Fast (bends even closer to the tip and is even stiffer)

 

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3 minutes ago, GateToWire said:

Action refers to the circumference and power associated with a rod

Light

Medium/Light

Medium

Medium/Heavy

Heavy

Mag Heavy or Flipping

 The stouter action in the rod the more power you have to control the fish. 

 

Taper refers to how fast or slow the tip is and where on the blank the rod flexes when it loads

Moderate (more parabolic - bends closer to the middle of the blank)

Fast (bends closer to the tip and is stiffer)

Extra Fast (bends even closer to the tip and is even stiffer)

Great info! In regards to the taper aspect what types of fishing presentation would you want what option?

 

 

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Just now, pauldconyers said:

Great info! In regards to the taper aspect what types of fishing presentation would you want what option?

 

 

Fast tapers are good for most presentations that use single hooks

Moderate tapers are needed for crankbaits and baits that have treble hooks. The parabolic taper helps you land more fish.

Extra fast is typically used for Flipping and pitching but there is a school of thought that you should have a Moderate more Parabolic rod for flipping and pitching. You could start a whole additional thread on Extra Fast or Moderate for Flipping and Pitching!!!

 

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5 minutes ago, GateToWire said:

Fast tapers are good for most presentations that use single hooks

Moderate tapers are needed for crankbaits and baits that have treble hooks. The parabolic taper helps you land more fish.

Extra fast is typically used for Flipping and pitching but there is a school of thought that you should have a Moderate more Parabolic rod for flipping and pitching. You could start a whole additional thread on Extra Fast or Moderate for Flipping and Pitching!!!

 

Again, thank you for the education!

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5 minutes ago, pauldconyers said:

Again, thank you for the education!

You are welcome

There are lots of videos on YouTube that can explain it visually too

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Sometimes it helps to see it

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Faster actions get to the backbone quicker which helps drive big hooks. However faster actions also have less load which means the rod is quicker to flatten out. When this happens the line gets slack in it and fish are more likely to get off. 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, GateToWire said:

Action refers to the circumference and power associated with a rod

Light

Medium/Light

Medium

Medium/Heavy

Heavy

Mag Heavy or Flipping

The stouter action in the rod the more power you have to control the fish. 

 

Taper refers to how fast or slow the tip is and where on the blank the rod flexes when it loads

Moderate (more parabolic - bends closer to the middle of the blank)

Fast (bends closer to the tip and is stiffer)

Extra Fast (bends even closer to the tip and is even stiffer)

 

What you are referring to action is actually power. Action and taper is the amount of bend the rod has. Extra fast, fast, moderate fast, regular, moderate, Slow. People, and even companies confuse these a lot of times. 

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19 minutes ago, CroakHunter said:

What you are referring to action is actually power. Action and taper is the amount of bend the rod has. Extra fast, fast, moderate fast, regular, moderate, Slow. People, and even companies confuse these a lot of times. 

Yep.....but I just wanted to answer as smoothly as possible....I actually looked up a bunch of rod manufacturers sites before answering. LOL.

 

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