The fishing industry today, as it pertains to the internet, is a hodgepodge of corporate outreach sites, political news, and trip booking offers. It is actually hard to find good quality sites that stick to talking about the kinds of topics you’d find at your local tackle shop. Don’t get me wrong, understanding how geopolitics is affecting a beloved industry can be necessary - but sometimes you just want to kill some time debating which fishing rod you think works better.
It’s not that the fisherman site, for fisherman by fisherman, doesn't exist; it is just they are just few and far between. That’s why when I discover a site that lets me escape a little bit and just do some reading up on new rods and lures, I get overly excited and want to share it. One of the newer sites I have been checking in on from time to time in the last couple months is
The Spinning Reel Advisor site is a relatively new site just getting off the ground, but their considerable expertise and reviews on a wide range of fishing equipment will give you something to peruse the next time your kicking back. It is run by some young fishing enthusiasts, and I sincerely am excited to see what they come up with as the site begins to grow.
For now, the team at Spinning Reel Advisor have stuck to their namesake and have put up a number of reviews regarding rods for saltwater, telescopic rods, and more. Each review dives in depth into the nuts and bolts of the rods, so to speak. They talk about the materials that make up the spools, bearings, etc. and then evaluate both the positives and the negatives of the rod. Each review also categorizes the standout features that a rod brings to the table and will spend quite a bit of time answering common questions about the item like: “Does this reel have centrifugal brakes?” All in all, this is a fantastic resource for researching before you buy.
As of right now, the site has a good amount of in-depth reviews on specific rods, as well as top buy lists regarding rod categories. In the near future, they plan to branch out into other fishing equipment, and eventually content outside of pure reviews.
The site also has some essential guides for the beginner. Things like trout fishing tips, tackle guides, what time of day to hit the water, and how to pick the right rod for your needs. There is even an interesting article on common fishing injuries. My personal favorite was a fun piece regarding weather conditions.
“They increase activity while a cold front is moving in...The pressure falls ahead of a cold front and air bubbles get released in the water. These bubbles often take tiny particles and organisms up to the surface with them. This lures the fish up to feed on them, increasing the number of fish within range of you.” - Spinning Reel Advisors | June 3, 2017
So if you are anything like me and your pool of quality fishing content has gone dry, go ahead and check out the young up and comers over at spinningreeladvisor.com - they got something worth reading whether you are an absolute first timer or a twenty year veteran.