Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.

Faculty Advisor

Hall, John R


Fishing rods are constructed of carbon fiber materials to precise dimensions. Mechanically it is equivalent to a tapered beam with a major and minor stiffness orientation. Guides are placed along the rod to transfer the line tension to the rod. The placement of the guides influences the deflected shape and stresses in the rod when landing a fish. The challenge is to develop a criteria for optimum placement of the guides to minimize the stress in the rod for a given magnitude of tension and orientation of the rod handle relative to the direction of the line to the fish. The analysis requires the use of large deflection theory and calculations are to be confirmed experimentally using strain gages attached to the rod.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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