The main types of fishing rods include short rods, long rods and carp rods. Each of these rods in turn have their own particular advantages and disadvantages. Generally made of carbon or fiberglass, short rods have the advantage of being light and being easily moved from place to place. They generally make the angler has to tie the line much more tightly to get a firm hold on it. Long rods are generally used for fly fishing, although some fly fishermen also use short rods when fishing flies.