05-09-2013, 04:15 PM
Re: First dumb question ...
Originally Posted by peterjay
NEVER refer to a fly rod as a "pole." The term "pole" describes the structure that is employed in displaying flags, and also describes the denizens of Warsaw and its surrounding environs, but (I repeat) NEVER a fly rod.
Taking heed of this advice will save you from an unexpected deluge of sneers, snickers, eye rolls, and derisive laughs that would surely send you scurrying back to your car in shame.
This might seem like minor information, but you'll thank me some day.
+2 on the above. Calling a "rod" a "pole" will show that you are a newbie.
Some dictionaries define rods and poles as identical, but my understanding is that there is a difference between a fishing pole and a fishing rod.
A fishing "pole" has no line guides and no reel. The fishing line is tied to the end of the "pole" like the cane poles that Tom Sawyer used. This is the proper use of the term "pole."
A fishing "rod" has line guides and a reel seat. So we use fly rods and not fly poles. Technically a tenkara outfit is a "pole" and not a rod.
"fishing pole: noun: a long, slender rod of wood or other material with a line and hook fastened to one end for use in catching fish."
Fishing pole | Define Fishing pole at Dictionary.com
In England I don't think they make that distinction between rod and pole.
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