Three differences with split handle bars

As with many aspects of fishing gear, personal preference plays a major role. For example, when you compare split handlebars to the standard full handlebar type, there are reasons that can affect angler’s choices. Here are some factors that can help you decide whether split-handle fishing rods are right for you.

1. Weight Loss

In the case of split handle bars, part of the handle is missing and more “blank” (inner bar component) is exposed. A full handle can weigh several ounces more, but it adds up over time and into hundreds of tosses. Rod maker Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods prefers split-handle fishing rods for almost all of their rods because “it’s easier and easier to cast and work for a long day.

2. Sensitivity

The jury is still out here. In a Bassmaster article by Mark Hicks, Kevin VanDam believes that sensitivity increases as more blanks are exposed. But professional angler David Fritts still prefers full-length handles for his fishing style.

3. Accuracy

Woodward also believes that split-handle fishing rods when paired with a bait thrower improve its accuracy, especially in situations like trying to skip bait under docks. But when he’s just throwing larger bait over long distances, he’s reaching for the full grip.

Sometimes the differences between fishing gear can be subtle and species or situation specific. For example, I’ve read of some anglers who love the way split handle bars can be helpful when tucking under your arm for the final stages of landing a large fish. In other cases the differences are only aesthetic. But if it looks good and you like the feel of it, keep pouring. And that’s the whole point, isn’t it?

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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