35th Wffc Bih 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2019

Choosing the right jerkbait rod

Choosing the right jerkbait rod


Hey folks this is Boyd Duckett here on Wired2Fish.
I’ve got a little tip; I just want to talk about fishing rods a little bit. Of course
I’m fairly partial to this Duckett fishing brand as you might expect. But I want to talk
about rod selection/rod choice. I’m throwing a jerkbait here today and just on a jerkbait
some of the things that are really really important. On a jerkbait rod you want a rod,
you don’t want a real soft rod. It’s not a cranking application. It’s a rod that has
a little bit of backbone because you’ll often hook that fish on a long cast, also helps
you cast, and that stiffer rod will help you work the bait easier. But you’ve got to have
a soft tip. So a jerkbait rod for me is kind of a funny rod. We’ve got a couple of them
in the Micro Magic Rod. I’ve got a 6’6 medium designed specifically for jerkbaits. This
is one of the new Ghost Series Rods, this is a 6’10 medium and basically the reason I am
tall fella at 6’3. That 6’6, 6’8, probably not more than 6’10 fits most people for jerkbait
fishing. Cause you’re going to throw that jerkbait, get that bait way out there, and
then the most effective way to fish a jerkbait is to pull this rod straight down at you.
So pulling it straight down if I’m fishing a 7’0 or a 7’2 rod I’m going to be hitting
the water most of the time. I do that sometimes with a 6’6. But I have found that if you’re
going to throw a jerkbait for 8 hours you will wear your self out pulling it like this
at an angle and I see a lot of guys on the water do that. They’re fishing for like 30-45
minutes and they’re like I’m so tired of throwing that jerkbait you know. I may throw it seven
days because it’s a primary jerking bite. But I like to get that rod and have it short
enough that you can snap it down. Remember when you’re jerking a jerkbait in the summer time
I like it fairly fast and the key is to jerk it on a slack line. After you get through
jerking that bait, you want it to stop in its place. So when I’m jerking I’m almost
backing up. That’s a little trick I noticed some other guys and a guy that’s got some
initials that’s pretty good at throwing a jerkbait if you watch him on television you’ll
see it’s always slack. But anyway, in picking a jerkbait rod that’s what we’re talking about.
Get something that you can pull straight down towards the water, it will help you with fatigue
in the arms; get a rod that helps you. Of course we’ve got several jerkbait rods models
available at Duckett Fishing. A 6’6 medium, 6’8 medium, give it a try.

7 thoughts on “Choosing the right jerkbait rod

  1. The Ghost line of rods are shipping to distributors this month. They should start showing up first of the year at retailers. 

  2. I agree with the length and action of the rod that he states. 6'6" med power rod with a soft tip is a good all around jerkbait/topwater rod. I actually use a 6'3" Abu Garcia Vendetta spinning rod in a med power fast action and it can really cast em for a shorter rod and I can be accurate with the short rod as well and I don't tire myself out or hit the water either. I would like to get a baitcaster outfit for TW/JBs especially the bigger ones that my smaller spinning rod doesn't throw so well.

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