The range of lure weights your rod is designed to handle. E.g. ⅛-⅝ means the rod is best fished with ⅛ up to ⅝ ounce lures.
Length of the rod in feet and inches. In general, shorter rods are easier to handle and are good for short, accurate casts while longer rods offer more casting distance and fish-fighting power.
Line Weight (lbs)
The range of line weights your rod is designed to handle. E.g. 6-14 means the rod is best fished with 6 to 14 lb. test line.
Number of guides on the rod that your fishing line threads through. The longer the rod, the more guides.
Number of pieces for your rod. Some are 1-piece while many can be broken down into 2 or more pieces for easier storage and transport.
The stiffness of the rod. It’s best to match your rod to the fish. Ultra-light for sunfish, crappies and small trout. Medium rods for bass, walleye, pike and other sportfish. Medium-Heavy to Heavy rods for big catfish and other large species.