I recently inherited a bunch more fishing gear including rods and reels, but I do not quite have my pickup full of rods, yet.
Come to think of it, I just bought another rod too.
Wives and girlfriends might wonder why we need all of those rods and reels? Because, they are tools and a person needs the right tool for the job! I need a rod for tossing jigs, and one for trolling crankbaits, another for casting crankbaits and swimbaits, and some beefier rods for big fish, and a light fly rod for dry flies and a heavier fly rod for throwing streamers, and a long float rod, and you know what? Those old cane poles are THE right tool for some situations, and a rod for vertical jigging spoons and blade baits, and . . . next thing you know your pickup is full.
Oh, a couple other thoughts: Generally you get what you pay for; there is a reason some of those rods cost triple digits. However, DO NOT think that you have to buy the most expensive rod. Spend what you can afford and get quality equipment because it will pay off in more fish. If you do not see the need for a $350 rod, then don’t buy it. When you can see the need and understand why you need a $350 rod, then you are ready to buy one like that.
When you lay down your hard-earned cash for a good rod, take care of it! Take care of your tools! Most rods get busted in transport. Spend a few extra dollars and get a rod sleeve and rod tube. I have the biggest rod tube I can find, and it will carry all the tools my partners and I will need on a fishing trip.
Now, it is the weekend, and it is time to GO FISH! Pick your favorite rod and get out there!