Another important step to choosing your first fishing rod is thinking about whether you're going to fish in saltwater or freshwater. Fishing in saltwater and freshwater are different for a number of reasons. Not only are the baits you use and the fish you're going to try to catch different, but your rod needs to be different, too....doesn't it? Why? Because of the salt! Many say that the salt will erode the rod, so you want to get a rod with a durable coating on it if you plan to fish in saltwater. But, if you take good care of your rod and rinse it after using in saltwater, you can lessen this problem. Others say you need to get a rod that can handle a bigger fish, but is that really the case? Check out these tips about the differences in rods for saltwater vs. freshwater fishing: "Lastly, there’s the rod. This part could really be all up to you. This is basically if you feel like you really need to change rods. Some people might want a more durable, better rod for saltwater because there are usually bigger fish out in saltwater. With this being said, don’t suddenly jump to saltwater to catch bigger fish. Freshwater still offers plenty of bigger fish. This is merely comparing the ocean to a freshwater river. If you feel comfortable with the rod you have, then by all means, use it for both. Don’t freak out if you feel like you need another one. It’s really not that necessary." So, when making your choice between saltwater and freshwater, at least initially, it really doesn't matter in regards to your rod! As a beginner, you don't need to worry about this: you can get a rod that will work for both, and make necessary adjustments in the bait and lures that you use. Experts: Does it make a difference, for a beginner rod, if you're headed to salt or freshwater? Let me know your opinion.