Q. Dear Gear Guy, I’m looking to buy a new fishing pole, but don’t know what qualities to look for in a rod. What do you recommend?
– Brad the Bass Hunter, Blackfoot, Idaho
A. Hey Brad. If you’re just getting into fishing, you’ll want to look for a simple spin-casting rod-and-reel package. It’s basically a rod with a push-button reel that releases the line when you press the button and cast. Expect to pay about $15 or $20 for one of those (comes with fishing line) at your local sporting goods store. If you plan on fishing along the shoreline or in places where there’s heavy tree cover, a simple cane pole or straight rod (without a reel) is the best choice. Beginners should generally avoid spinning rods and fly rods because they are tougher to use. You can definitely spend more for a higher quality rod and reel, but a basic spincaster will definitely do the trick. Happy fishing!