The rod is an essential piece of equipment for casting your bait some distance. The longer you want to cast, the longer your rod should be and it should have a higher casting weight.For a multi-purpose rod, choose one between 3 and 4 metres long.The casting weight of a rod is the weight of the rig you can cast.The most versatile casting weight is between 3 and 20 grammes.
Some rods are telescopic, others you can take apart. This is only a matter of convenience and both types offer you the same performance. It's up to you to choose the compromise, between convenience and comfort, that suits you best.