Understanding Your Fishing Line or Rod Classification

Many anglers never really understand what is line / rod classification and it is still debated by some anglers who have drifted due to lack of research and reading.


Before you read what I will share below first make sure you ask yourself these questions:

Question 1: Do I really understand line or rod classification?

Question 2: Does the ultralight term in the United States, Europe or Japan is different from Malaysia?

Please click the link below for some FACTS about classification of ultralight rod by WIKIPEDIA.


Where it says:

Ultra-light spinning and casting rods are generally shorter (4 to 5.5 feet (1.2 to 1.7 m) is common) lighter, and more limber than normal rods. Tip actions vary from slow to fast, depending upon intended use. These rods usually carry 1 to 6 pound (4.5 to 27 N) test fishing line. Some ultra-light rods are capable of casting lures as light as 1/64th of an ounce (0.4 g) – typically small spinners, wet flies, crappie jigs, tubes, or bait such as trout worms. Originally produced to bring more excitement to the sport, ultra-light spin fishing is now widely used for crappie, trout, bass, bluegill ,Roach, Perch, Bream,Pumpkin-seed, Tench and other types of pan fish.

Understanding The Line or Rod Classification

The first thing to understand about line classification is to understand what Power Line Rating is.

Power line rating is poundage written on a rod and each rating has its own class. Rod produced by/for US / Europe market usually use the lure weight but this rating is used in the past (still is) and then line poundage was introduced for easiest universal reference. Below are standard ratings for rod & line:

1) Ultralight (UL)
– Not more than 6lbs.
– Examples: 1-3,1-4,1-5,1-6,2-4,2-5,2-6, 3-6,4-6

2) Light (L)
– Not more than 12lbs.
– Examples: 2-8,2-12,3-8,4-8,4-12,6-12,4-10,1-7,1-8 & etc

3) Medium (M)
– Not more than 18lbs.
– Examples: 6-15,8-14,8-16,8-17,10-18 & etc

4) Medium-Heavy (MH)
– Not more than 25lbs.
– Examples: 8-20,10-25,10-20,15-25 & etc

5) Heavy (H)
– Not more than 30lbs.
– Examples: 10-30,15-30,18-30,20-30 & etc

6) Extra-Heavy (XH) 25-50lbs
– Not more than 50lbs.
– Examples: 25-50,30-50,20-50 & etc

7) Ultra-Heavy (UH) above 50lbs
– More than 50lbs

For further info please refers St. Croix who has been in the market for years in rod development:

And do also refer at others big player in the market like G-Loomis, Megabass, or any other brand who produced their own rod.

Now, you may be asking why in the market there are rods with higher poundage but labeled as “UL”? Honestly, it’s probably their trick to capture both ultralight and light market or for commercial purpose. No matter what their reason is do refer ONLY above ratings for reference.

WIKIPEDIA clearly mentioned ultralight is between 1-6lbs so just stick to it and enjoy your fishing.

To anglers regardless new or old-timer, spend sometimes to do research before jump into anything. You really need to clear your mind and first understand what rod / line classification is. The above examples are just for reference only. These days we’ve been given a 24-hour Internet with smartphones or laptops. It’s within your fingers only for the facts.


No matter what you intend to do make sure to understand the basics first. Take things slowly and learn the basics before jump into conclusion. If you want to start with ultralight fishing then you really needs to understand what line / rod classification is to get the maximum pleasure.

Do understand there are no such things as United States, Europe or Japan applying different kind of rules for their ultralight fishing. It’s all the same. The different is only you and your way of understanding it. In group we set the rules of thumb 6lbs because it’s a universal standard that everyone has been practice for years.

POWER LINE RATING is something you must understand before you start fishing regardless you are using spinning or bait casting (BC).


All information given is based on a best efforts to express our opinions and knowledge that has been acquired. Paragraph or inappropriate words may have been used and it is out of control because we have tried most wisely. If you have suggestions, please comment. We will make changes.

Kanicen Nix

Hey guys! You can call me Kanicen and I’m a nature lover. I spend most of my time outdoor with fishing. I have to admit that I am not an expert but I will do my best to share with you interesting stuffs I know. I love ultralight game which means I live to challenge myself with UNREALISTIC LOGIC for satisfaction.

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