You can choose two kinds! I use on local rivers 8ft one pcs. rods(St. Croix Classic Cats rated for 60lb line and 8oz. & Ugly Stik boat rods rated for 80 lb test and 12oz.) On big rivers where i want to cast distance i use 11ft and longer rods, mostly St. Croix surf rods, but also Daiwa & Off Shore Angler ones too.