Who Uses A Trigger on A Casting Rod?

A Trigger reel is a unique fishing reel that has been around for decades if not the past century.

They are easy to use and have many advantages for angling.

They are popular across many types of fishing and fishing environments.


Who uses trigger on casting rod?

A lot of people think of trigger rods as a beginner fishing rod, but that is not a true reality.

There are high-end casting rods with high-quality trigger grips and reels.

You will find that the anglers who use trigger grip rods and reels fish in a variety of settings.

They are, when paired with an appropriate rod, a wonderful angling setup for:

  • Trout Fishing
  • Bass Fishing
  • Shore Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • River Fishing
  • Catfish Fishing

Like other fishing setups, the magic is really about pairing the rod with the reel and then considering how both will stand up to fishing targets.

Do all casting rods have a trigger?

Not all casting rods have a trigger projection.

There are other types of grips that include split grips and full grips.

When shopping for a casting rod, expert to encounter many types of grips.

What is a trigger rod?

A trigger rod is a fishing pole that is fitted with a butt-end grip and a trigger projection on the underside of the rod.

A butt-end grip is one that covers the bottom four or so inches of the fishing rod.

The reel sits above the butt-end grip.

The trigger is positioned under the rod, and at the beginning of the butt-end grip.

You hold it in the same way you would hold a gun.

The index finger wraps around the rod to rest on the trigger.

The remaining portion of hand and figures holds the rod below the reel for support.

Trigger rods are ideal for those who like one-handed fishing.

They offer a small advantage to flick casting and can also take on full overhead casting too.

What is a trigger grip on a fishing rod?

There are two answers to what a trigger grip on a fishing rod is.

Generally, a trigger grip is a reference to the type of coating that finishes the butt-end of the rod – with a reel seat sitting on top of the pole and trigger grip.

A trigger grip has a hooked-shaped handle where your index finger rests while fishing. It sits along the bottom or downward side of the fishing rod.

What is a trigger reel seat?

A trigger reel seat is the locking mechanism that allows you to attach a reel to a trigger grip on a fishing pole.

The trigger reel seat sits on top of the trigger grip and has notches where the reel slides into the grip.

Can you use a casting rod with a spinning reel?

Generally, yes. You can put a spinning reel on a casting rod, but it is not always a great idea.

The spinning reel is designed for a spinning rod and while they do work on a casting rod, long-term use can lead to damage to the casting rod.

What’s the difference between a trigger rod and a casting rod?

The only real difference is the trigger grip. For the most part, a trigger rod is a casting rod.

A difference is that on casting rods you may encounter other types of grips, such as split grips.

A casting rod that is not a trigger rod will not have a trigger and will have a reel seat that is not part of the grip.

Do all casting rods have triggers?

All casting rods do not have triggers, though the majority of them will.

One way to tell if the rod is a casting rod is if the eye or line guides are all the same size.

On a spinning rod, the eyes are graduated from large to small as you move from the butt-end of the rod to the rod’s tip.

Occasionally you will find a trigger grip on a spinning rod, but not often.


There are many advantages to owning and fishing with a trigger rod.

A trigger reel sets up your thumb to be the master of controlling line spooling during casting.

They also help keep your wrist in a more neutral position while fishing and that can be a big advantage on longer fishing adventures.

Trigger grips are good for short-distance fishing.

They give you an advantage when you simply need to flick cast your lure near shore, when drifting your lure downstream, or when you need to flick cast into a pool without making a big impact on the water.

Generally, trigger rods are ideal for lighter fishing where you are not expecting to deal with big, fat, trophy fish. A good way to tell if a trigger pole is right for you is to hold one, and see how it feels in your hand.