Best Fishing Rods Reviewed

Are you looking for a great fishing rod, but aren’t sure where to begin?

We’ve got you covered!

Here is a comprehensive list of the top fishing rods that are suitable for all types of water, saltwater, and freshwater. We’ve compiled an unparalleled resource that combines field testing and extensive comparison to help you choose the right fishing rod for you.

Here are some of the top fishing rods.

Freshwater Fishing Rods

  • St. Croix Premier PS66MF – Spinning Rod
  • St. Croix Premier PS60ULF – Ultralight Spinning Rod
  • Dobyns Rods 734C FH Champion Series – Baitcasting Rod
  • St. Croix Legend Glass Casting LGC74MHM – Crankbait Rod
  • Dobyns Champion Series Swimbait Rod DC 807 MAG HSB – Swimbait Rod
  • Doomsday Tackle 47 – Jig Rod
  • Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 – Dropshot Rod
  • Dobyns Champion 766Flip Flipping and Pitching Rod
  • St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod – Jerkbait Rod
  • Shimano Talora Downrigger Rod – Trolling Rod
  • Cadence CC4 Spinning Combo- Fishing Rod and Reel Combo
  • Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik Elite USESP702M Affordable Fishing Rod

Saltwater Fishing Rods

  • Penn Carnage II – Surf Rod
  • Penn International VI INVI305060AR Offshore Rod
  • Redbone Hurricane Inshore RDB-761MS-Inshore Spinning Rod
  • Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing Rod & Reel Combo – Rod and Reel Combo

Specialty fishing rods

  • Daiwa B.B.B. 6106TMLFS Telescopic Rod
  • Fiblink Travel Spinning Rod-Portable Travel Backpacking Rod
  • Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik Spinning Combo-Fishing Rod For Children
  • St. Croix Mojo Series Ice Fishing Rod – Ice Fishing Rod
  • Loop Opti Stream – Fly Fishing Rod
  • Team Oni USA Oni Type I – Tenkara Rod

Freshwater Fishing Rods

Spinning rod

Both novices and professionals will enjoy spinning rods. They can be used in combination with a spinning rod to make it easy to cast in windy conditions. This makes them popular for walleye anglers, inshore surf casting, and walleye fishing.

St. Croix Premier PS66MF – Our Pick

St. Croix Rods Premier Spinning Rod

SpecificationsProsCons
Length6’6″
Materialgraphite
Power/action medium/fast
Size of the lure:1/4 to 5/8 oz.
Line weight:6-12 lbs
Handle: Cork
Guides7+1 Fuji stainless steel with aluminum dioxide inserts
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  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Great power
  • Excellent casting
  • Qualitative quality management
  • Amazing guides
  • A great all-arounder
  • Expensive

St. Croix makes some great rods. Their medium-powered, fast-action Premier spinning rod is one of them. You can expect premium components and materials as well as meticulous attention to detail.

The Premier is extremely well-balanced, sensitive, and strong enough to handle everything, from bass to reds, walleye, to stripers. This rod would be my one-rod choice if I had a single rod. This rod is sensitive enough to pick up light strikes and strong enough for real “do it all” options.

Ultralight spinning rod

Ultralight fishing can be a great way of increasing the excitement when catching panfish such as crappie, perch, and sunfish. For experienced anglers, it’s also a great option for bass fishing. Because they are designed to work with the light lines that you will use, spinning reels are great for ultralight applications.

St. Croix Premier PS60ULF

St. Croix Rods Premier Spinning Rod

Length 6
Material graphite
Power/action Ultralight/Fast
Size of the lure: 1/32 oz. 1/32 oz. to 3/16 oz.
Line weight:2-6 lb
Handle: Split cork/spinning 12.25 inches
Guide material 6 + 1 Fuji aluminum oxide
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As they are quickly surpassing their premium competitors, it’s not surprising that another St. Croix made our list.

The Premier ultralight has quick action and a cushioned hookset for fish like crappie. This rod is strong, flexible, light, and well-balanced. This rod is perfect for fishing trout, bass, and perch.

Pros

  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Excellent casting
  • Qualitative handles
  • Amazing guides

Cons

  • Expensive

Baitcasting rod

Baitcasting rods can be used in conjunction with baitcasting reels to allow for better casting with larger-diameter lines. Baitcasting tackle is often designed to meet the needs of bass anglers. Expect medium-to-heavy power and fast actions.

Dobyns Rods 734C FH Champion Series

Dobyns Rods 734C FH Champion Series Heavy Fast Casting Rod, 7'3', Black/Blue

Length 7’3″
Power/Action heavy/fast
Material graphite
Handle: Cork/casting
Guides10 + tip/Zero Tangle Knit with SiC Inserts
Size of the lure:1/4 to 1 oz
Line weight:10-20 lbs

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Dobyns rods are a well-known brand for bass anglers. They have proven their reliability season after season, tournament after tournament. The 734 from Dobyns is a remarkable addition to our reviews.

This rod is powerful enough to cast crankbaits and jerk baits as well as worms and jigs. This is the best all-arounder rod I have ever seen. If you only have one rod, it would be a great choice.

Pros

  • Amazing, completely blank
  • Excellent guides
  • Excellent handle
  • Extremely sensitive
  • Use a variety of lures and techniques to attract them.

Cons

  • Expensive

Crankbait rod

Crankbaits are a common item found in any bass anglers’ tackle boxes. Soft plastics may have an edge but crankbaits can be deadly for largemouth. I know of no one who doesn’t throw them. They’re deadly when they are paired with a rod that maximizes their action and cushions your hookset.

St. Croix Legend Glass casting LGC74MHM

St. Croix Rods Legend Glass Casting Rod

Length 7′ 4″
Power/action medium-heavy/moderate
Material Fiberglass
Line weight:10-20 lb
Weight of lure:3/8 to 1 oz
GuidesFuji K-Series tangle-free, tangle-free guides with Alconite rings. Corrosion Control matte-finish frames.
Handle: Split cork 16″
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St. Croix’s Legend series is uncompromising in performance and their Glass Casting models rank among the top rods for crankbaits.

The 7’4″, moderate-action, medium-heavy power model is my favorite. It’s long enough to cast into another county, but it’s still light enough to be accurate and maneuverable enough to cast.

This rod’s fiberglass blank loads like a charm. It allows for great casting and provides the constant pressure and cushioned hooksets you need to keep your lures in the bass. It’s actually a joy to fish with and will improve your crankbait performance immediately. This rod is often called the “Cadillac” and “Lamborghini of crankbait rods. One afternoon with it will show you why.

Pros

  • Amazing blank
  • Sensitive
  • Amazing guides
  • Easy loading
  • Handling of excellent quality
  • Long, accurate casts

Cons

  • It’s expensive!

Swimbait rod

Swimbaits can be deadly on all fish, including bass, walleye, and pike. They combine life-like action and the smell and taste that will drive fish wild. They can be rigged on either a single hook or a jighead, and require a rod that has the backbone to drive the hookset home.

Dobyns Champion Series Swimbait Rod DC 807 MAG HSB

Dobyns Rods 807MAG HSB Champion Series 8'0' Mag Heavy Fast Swimbait Rod, 8'6', Black/Blue

Length 8
Power/action extra heavy/fast
Materialgraphite
Handle: continuous EVA foam
GuidesFuji tangle-free K guides with Alconite Inserts
Size of the lure:3-10 oz
Line weight:20-50 lbs
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You’ll almost always find Dobyns Champion Series rods if you look at tournament anglers boats.

The swimbait rod’s blank is unrivaled in hookset power and provides the stiffness needed to send one hook home. You’ll feel every bump, bite, and suck with this fast action that gives you the confidence to fish hard.

As you would expect from Dobyns this rod includes premium components such as excellent guides, a remarkable reel seat, and a long, comfy EVA foam handle.

Pros

  • Amazing blank that produces positive hooksets
  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Amazing guides
  • Excellent handle

Cons

  • It’s expensive!

Jig rod

You can use jigs for swimming, casting, flipping, and even swimming! They are a popular choice for largemouth bass fishing, especially during high summer when the vegetation is thick. You can use jigs with weedless versions and they can be used to fish areas that other lures can’t reach. You need a rod that is both strong and sensitive to maximize this amazing option.

Doomsday Tackle “The 47”

Length 7’3″
Power/action-heavy/fast
MaterialCarbon fiber
Handle: Split cork/casting
Guides9 + tip/Fuji Tangle Freek guides with Alconite inserts
Size of the lure:3/8 to 1 1/2″ oz
Line weight:12-30 lb
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Doomsday Tackle’s 47 may look like the rod your grandfather or father fished when you were a kid. Its creme-red styling is definitely a nod to that. It’s high-tech, but not a joke!

The 47 is 7’3″, made of carbon fiber. This makes it both light and strong. The tip is soft and sensitive, which allows you to get maximum performance from your jig. However, it quickly stiffens to create a strong, bass-dragging backbone. This blank is a great choice for the best jigging rod. It ensures hookset and control.

Pros

  • Amazing blank
  • Excellent guides
  • Excellent handle
  • Extremely sensitive

Cons: ?????

Dropshot rod

Drop shooting is one of the most popular techniques for bass. Drop shotting is a great way to present a worm to largemouths. You can actually work the edge of a weed bed that has been hard hit by anglers and still catch a big one.

This technique requires a fine presentation. A standard bass rod with a strong backbone is probably not the best option.

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0

PENN Fierce II Spinning Live Liners

Length 6′ 10″
Power/Action medium-light/extra-fast
Material graphite
Handle: Split EVA foam/casting
Guides10 + tip/titanium
Size of the lure:1/8 to 1/2 oz.
Line weight:6-12 lbs
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Abu Garcia’s Villain series casting rods have won more than a few conversions from Shimano and G. Loomis. The Villain is a quality casting rod that offers top-quality quality for a very affordable price.

You’ll notice two key things about the medium light Villain. It’s sensitive and has enough power to muscling large fish. You should be aware that Abu Garcia’s version of a medium-light rod may be slightly stiffer than the average. This is why I would call the rod medium.

Despite having a backbone, the tip can translate bottom composition, soft bait movements, and actions of bass to your fingertips. The bottom will tell you if it is sandy, rocky, or muddy. You can also feel the changes in it.

The tip is flexible, making it easy to work a worm. With a few clicks of your wrist, you can make the worm gyrate attractively and the Villain will have the authority to set the hook.

Pros

  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Excellent backbone, more like a medium than an average-light
  • Excellent guides
  • Excellent handle
  • You can get great action with your bait

Cons

  • For anglers looking for a medium rod, this rod may be too light.
  • Casting will be affected by lighter lines

Flipping/pitching rod

Flipping is a technique used by bass anglers to throw a lure at a short distance, targeting heavy covers such as a lay-down or a weedbed. Your rod must be both stiff and sensitive. Without a great blank, this combination can prove difficult to deliver.

Dobyns Champion 766Flip

Dobyns Rods 766FLIP Champion Series Heavy Flip Fast Flippin' Rod, 7'6'', Black/Blue

Length 7′ 6″
Power/Actionheavy/fast
Materialgraphite
Handle: continuous cork
GuidesZero Tangle Kigan Guides with SIC Inserts
Size of the lure:3/8 to 2 1/2 oz
Line weight:14-30 lbs
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The Champion series of Dobyns rods are what professional anglers use, and the 766Flip for flipping is as good as they come.

A few casts will provide the stiffness and sensitivity you need while also providing the rigidity you require for this technique. You can expect top-quality materials everywhere, including the cork handle and Kigan guides.

Pros

  • Very stiff blank with enough power to make big bass sounds
  • Excellent sensitivity
  • Fantastic guides
  • Amazing handle

Cons

  • Expensive

Jerkbait rod

Jerkbaits mimic the unpredictable action of an excited or injured minnow and trigger reaction strikes in fish like walleye, bass, and stripers, regardless of whether or not they are hungry. To get the best out of jerk baits, you need the right rod. This means that the rod must be able to combine stiffness with sensitivity.

St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod

St. Croix TRS66MF Triumph Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod with Cork Handle, 6-feet 6-inches

Length 6′ 6″
Power/action medium/fast
Materialgraphite
Handle: continuous cork
Guides7 + tip aluminum oxide inserts
Size of the lure:1/4 to 5/8 oz.
Line weight:6-12 lb
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St. Croix’s Triumph Series rods were designed for serious anglers. They combine outstanding blanks and premium components to create a rod that anyone would love to fish.

The Triumph spinning rod is a great choice for casting and operating jerk baits. It provides the stiffness to rip your lure and the backbone to handle hard hooksets or nasty fights. You also have the ability to sense what’s happening at the end.

Pros

  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Excellent casting
  • Excellent handle
  • Amazing guides
  • A great all-arounder for jerk baits
  • Right price

Cons: Cons:?????

Freshwater trolling rod

The best way to catch walleye is with freshwater trolling rods. They are designed to be used in tandem with a downrigger and rod holders.

Shimano Talora Downrigger Rod

SHIMANO Talora Downrigger Trolling Rod

Length 8′ 6″
Power/Actionmedium/medium-fast
MaterialN/A
Handle:12″ rear/6″ fore)continuous EVA foam
GuidesFuji with aluminum oxide inserts
Size of the lure:1/4 to 1 oz
Line weight:15-40 lb
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Shimano’s Talora Downrigger Rod measures 8 feet and has 6 inches of walleye doom. It is a trolling rod designed from the ground up and delivers the performance you want on northern lakes.

This rod is ideal for trolling and dedicated trolling. It has a medium-powered blank which provides control in fights as well as a medium-fast tip that can be used for hooksets.

Pros

  • A great tip for solid hooksets
  • Handle long EVA foam
  • You can fight and muscle large fish with a strong blank
  • Amazing guides and reel seats

Cons: ?????

Freshwater fishing rod and reel combination

Are you looking to fish your local lake or pond, but aren’t sure which rod and reel you should buy? You can fish in no time with a solid combination.

Cadence CC4 Spinning Combo

Cadence CC4 Spinning Combo Lightweight with 24-Ton 2-Piece Graphite Rod Strong Carbon Composite Frame & Side Plates Ergonomic EVA Handle Knob Reel & Rod Combo(CC4-1000-56UL)

Length 6′ 6″
Action/power medium-light/moderate-fast
Materialgraphite
Handle: Split EVA foam
GuidesStainless steel with SIC Inserts
Line weight: N/A
Weighing Lure: N/A
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Cadence’s C4 reels offer a great value for money and come with a rod that will put a smile on everyone’s face.

This all-arounder is ideal for panfish, trout, and walleye. It has enough backbone to control fights while still throwing light lures at light lines. It’s strong enough to catch large walleyes and bluegills, but sensitive enough to be used by sunfish and sunfish.

Pros

  • Great all-arounder for freshwater
  • Beautiful blank
  • Extremely sensitive
  • Fantastic guides

Cons: ????

Saltwater Fishing Rods

You can find our complete buying guide for saltwater fishing rods here!

Surf fishing rod

A long rod is essential for surfing fishing. It must have a smooth cast and a handle that is padded with shrink tubing. For large fish and large spinning reels expect fiberglass composite rods with medium-heavy power.

Penn Carnage II

PENN Carnage II Surf Spinning

Length 11
Action/power medium -heavy/moderately fast
Material Composite graphite/fiberglass
Handle: Continuous rubber shrink tube
Guides8 + 1 Fuji K with Alconite Inserts
Line weight: 20-50 lbs
Weighing Lure: 2-6 oz
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Penn is a specialist in saltwater fishing tackle. If you are an inshore, offshore, or beach angler you will know that Penn is trustworthy. The Carnage II series of surf rods are a great choice, as they are built to fight, cast, and last.

Penn outfits the Carnage II using a combination of graphite, fiberglass, and epoxy that combines the rigidity and sensitivity of the former with flexibility and durability the latter. The tip is very sensitive and you will be able to see what is happening at the end of your line, from nibbles to crankbait action. The blank bends easily for the first 40% or so, before hitting the real backbone this rod offers, which is confidence-inspiringly stiff.

Are you looking for a rod that will allow you to muscle a 6-foot or larger shark?

It’s there!

Pros

  • Excellent sensitivity
  • Excellent durability
  • You can fight and muscle large fish with a strong blank
  • Excellent handle
  • Amazing guides and reel seats
  • Casting is great

Cons

  • They are not as light as graphite bars

Saltwater rod offshore

Saltwater trolling for marlins and tuna, sharks, and other aggressive species of fish requires a strong rod and specialized gear. Casting is not necessary, but rods that aren’t strong enough can be broken by hard fighting.

Penn International VI INTVI305060AR


Length 6
Power/Action Medium/fast
Materialtubularfiberglass
Handle: EVA foamhttp://www.amazon.com/Slick butt
Guides4+ 1 Aftco Wind on Roller Guides
Size of the lure: N/A
Line weight:30-50 lbs
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Penn’s International VI rod is what I would use to chase tuna, sailfish, and sharks. It is made from strong tubular fiberglass and features five Atfco roller guides. This rod can handle heavy lines and wind on leaders without a problem. The handle is made from EVA foam and ends in a slickbutt. This gives you the control you need to hook big fish.

Pros

  • Amazingly strong blank
  • Handle long EVA foam
  • Amazing roller guides
  • Amazing reel seat

Cons

  • It’s expensive!

Saltwater spinning rod for inshore use

A good inshore rod for snook, reds, and specks is important, whether you are fishing the Intercoastal or a mudflat south Louisiana in South Louisiana. They are tough and can cast in the wind well, as well as hold their own against tough opponents.

Redbone Hurricane Inshore RDB-761MS

Redbone 7' Medium Inshore Spinning RDB-701MS Rod 1 pc/8-17Lb

Length 7’6″
Material graphite
Power/action medium/fast
Size of the lure:3/8 to 3/4 oz
Line weight:8 to 17 lb
Handle: Cork
Guides 8 + 1 Fuji New Concept
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Many professional guides will hand out Redbones to customers. More than a few even use them. This is a testament to the quality of these rods, and, amazingly, they don’t cost a lot.

The blank quality is exceptional, as it combines strength and sensitivity. This rod is quite long and can reach the next county or parish. Its backbone begins to show its stuff around a third of its length towards the handle. There are many things you can do to get a brute out of cover, make a runner, or set your hook.

You won’t find a better rod at a lower price, or indeed any price.

Pros

  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Excellent casting
  • Excellent handle
  • Amazing guides
  • A great all-arounder for larger fish
  • Right price

Cons

  • ?? ??

Saltwater fishing rod and reel combination

A solid rod and reel combination is a great option if you are looking to quickly get out on the water. This combo pairs a great rod with a fantastic reel and, in the best cases, eliminates the need to select a rod or reel individually.

Penn Battle II Spinning Fishing Rod & Reel Combo

PENN BTLII4000701M Battle II 4000 Spinning Reel Combo, Inshore, 7 Feet, Medium Power

Length 7
Power/Action medium/extra fast
MaterialN/A
Handle: continuous cork
Guides7 + 1 aluminum oxide inserts
Size of the lure: N/A
Line weight:10-17 lbs
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Penn’s Battle II reels provide a solid spinning option to saltwater species such as redfish and striper. In this instance, a 4000-size Penn reel is matched by an excellent Penn rod.

This rod has a medium power blank and the backbone to fight large fish. You’ll be able to feel every ripple in the bottom, every wiggle of your lure, and even detect the smallest strikes with the extra-fast action.

The cork handle is long and gives you ample space to hold onto your weapons.

Pros

  • Strong blank that can withstand muscle strippers, reds, and small sharks.
  • Excellent sensitivity
  • Fantastic guides
  • Amazing handle

Cons

  • Packaging can be damaged

Fishing rods for freshwater and saltwater at an affordable price

Many rods are expensive and not everyone can afford them. If you know what you want, you can find a great rod for a fraction of the price you would expect.

Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik Elite USESP702M

Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 7' - Medium - 2pc

Length 7
Material Composite fiberglass/graphite
Power/action medium/moderate
Size of the lure: 1/4 to 5/8 oz.
Line weight: 6-14 lbs
Handle: Cork
Guides 7 + 1 Ugly Tuff stainless Steel
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Ugly Stiks are known for their bomb-proof toughness. If you have ever broken a rod tip while doing something stupid, then you will immediately understand the appeal of a sturdy stick!

The Elite series, as its name implies, is a step above Ugly Stik’s other offerings. It provides a lot more graphite in a predominantly fiberglass blank. This reduces the weight and gives stiffness to the fiberglass. This rod would be rated medium for action.

You’ll have plenty of rods to cast long distances, and enough backbone to catch big fish at seven feet. This rod is so good that I feel confident using it on all kinds of fish, from pike to bull reds. This is a remarkable feat, especially considering the price.

Pros

  • Amazing sensitivity
  • Excellent casting
  • Excellent handle
  • A great all-arounder for larger fish
  • Right price

Cons

  • It is not as elegant as the more expensive options

Specialty fishing rods

Telescopic rod

Telescopic rods are lightweight and portable. These rods are a great choice for anyone who wants to transport their fishing gear easily. Although they are not as portable and easy to store, they are still very useful.

Daiwa B.B.B. 6106TMLFS

DAIWA B.B.B 6106TMLFS

Length 6’10” extended, 16.5″ collapsed
Material Carbon fiber
Power/action medium-light/moderate-fast
Size of the lure: 1/16 oz. 1/16 oz.
Line weight:4-10#
Handle: Split cork/spinning
Guide material stainless with SiC Inserts
Segments:8

Daiwa is a well-known name in fishing. They supply high-end products to anglers. They are located in Japan and offer a variety of products. Unfortunately, they do not sell telescoping rods to the US.

Amazon stocks a few items from their Japanese line, including the B.B.B. The “Triple B” telescoping rod, also known as the “Triple B,” is a popular choice for anglers looking for a travel rod.

It measures 6’10” long when extended and its eight segments are made from premium carbon fiber blanks. This travel rod is more durable than a traditional challenger. It’s sensitive, strong, and durable. Although it is not as sensitive as a St. Croix or one-piece rod, I would fish the Triple B.

Pros

  • Amazing blanks
  • Very sensitive
  • Very strong
  • Excellent handle
  • These guides are very nice
  • Durable

Cons

  • Expensive

Portable/travel/backpacking rod

A standard rod is a pain in the neck, and a rod that’s only one or two pieces can cause problems when you travel. It’s a smart move to buy a travel rod that can be broken down into four pieces. This will allow you to carry it in everything from a backpack to a bag.

Fiblink Travel Spinning rod

Fiblink 4 Pieces Travel Spinning Rod Medium Graphite Spinning Fishing Rod Portable Fishing Rod (7' Medium)

Length 6′ 6″
Material Carbon fiber
Power/action medium/fast
Size of the lure:1/4 to 5/8 oz.
Line weight:8-14 lb
Handle: Split cork
Guides 7 + 1
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Fiblink’s travel can be broken down into four pieces, and then reassembled to its full length of 6 feet, 6 inches. It’s made from high-quality carbon fiber and is very stiff and sensitive. This allows anglers to get the most out of their time on the water, whether they are on vacation or business.

It is a capable rod with a medium power blank. This rod can handle line weights that are within the reach of most North American species.

Pros

  • It’s easy to pack!
  • Amazing price
  • Strong blank, sensitive
  • Excellent handle
  • A good all-arounder

Cons

  • The last two segments may be fragile

For kids, rod

You’re likely counting down the days until your little angler gets their first fish. You’re probably frustrated if you have searched for a children’s rod that is more than a toy. Don’t worry, there are fishing rods that kids can use if they know where to look.

Shakespeare’s Ugly Stik Spinning Combo

Ugly Stik Spinning Combo

Length 5′ (two pieces)
Weight: N/A
Material Fiberglass
Power/action light/fast
Guides4
Line weight:2-6 lb

Ugly Stick’s spinning combo is great for children if they are looking for a lighter, longer rod to catch panfish. This combo is great for young anglers who are interested in fishing, but not big enough to handle adult tackle.

Ugly Stik’s legendary toughness. This rod will not be damaged by a few slaps on the rail or pier. The light, fast blank makes catching any bluegill, perch or sunfish feel like Moby Dick!

Casting is quite easy for such a small rod. It’s also a great option to teach fishing basics.

Pros

  • For kids, sized right
  • It’s affordable!
  • This rod is truly capable of catching fish
  • Includes a reel already spooled and line
  • Ugly Stik Blanket is strong and durable
  • Nice, adult-grade handle

Cons

  • Quality is just as acceptable at this price point.

Ice fishing rod

Special tackle is required for ice fishing, such as short rods that can be used with in-line reels. These rods can be used vertically to present tiny jigs that dance with just one flick of the wrist.

St. Croix Mojo Series Ice Fishing Rod

ST.CROIX Rod Mojo Split-Grip Eva Handle Lake Trout/Panfish/Pike Ice Fishing Rod - 28' Ultra-Light

Length 24″ or 28″.
Power/Action ultralight/light/medium-light/medium/medium-heavy/heavy
Material Carbon fiber
Guides 3 + 1
Size of the lure: N/A
Line weight: N/A
Handle: Split cork/EVA foam
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St. Croix makes top-quality rods for all types of anglers, regardless of their species or situation. Their Mojo Ice Fishing Series is no exception. You won’t find a stronger rod made from carbon fiber that is more flexible and strong than this one. It also makes it easier to catch sluggish fish.

The Mojo is a rod that can feel firm, sensitive, or strong. The combination cork/EVA handle allows for many grip styles.

Pros

  • Ultra sensitive
  • Strong
  • Amazing handle
  • Useful guides

Cons: Cons:?????

Fly fishing rod

A rod that is accurate and can travel distances will be essential if you want to catch brook trout in the eddy of a stream. We have the answers! Fly fishing gear can seem complicated to novices.

Loop Opti Stream

Length9
Weight:5wt.

Loop’s Opti Stream fly rod is one of the most value-oriented and high-performance you will ever find. These are not strong words, but it is an extraordinary 5wt. Very affordable rod.

It’s amazing to cast at 25-45 feet. It’s accurate, light-in-hand, and tangle-free making it a favorite of serious fly anglers. Casting over longer distances can be difficult because the Opti Stream isn’t strong enough to provide you with a super-long range.

However, you can’t get a better 5wt. for a short to the medium distance at any price.

Pros

  • Casting is excellent for both the short- and long-range.
  • Amazingly balanced
  • Light in hand
  • Amazing price

Cons

  • Long-range casting suffers

Tenkara rod

Tenkara fishing was developed in Japan’s trout streams. It is now gaining popularity in Western countries, particularly among hikers and backpackers at high altitudes. This is partly due to the simplicity and clean aesthetic of tenkara fishing: rod, fly, and line–the three elements of fishing stripped down to their core.

Team Oni USA Oni Type I

Length13’/24 3/8 ”
Segments:8
MaterialCarbon fiber
Weight: 3.1 oz.
Flex profile6:4
Handle:11 3/4″ “EVA foam

The Oni Type I is considered the best rod in Ankara by more than one expert. This is an impressive feat considering its competition. If you want the best, this could be the place to start.

The Oni Type I was designed by Masami Sakakibara and is meant for experienced tenkara anglers because of the light lines it casts. The Oni Type I is a perfect example of no-nonsense excellence. It’s subtle, strong, delicate, powerful, and more than its parts.

Pros

  • Excellent casting
  • Extremely sensitive
  • Strong
  • Amazingly balanced

Cons

  • This line is for experienced anglers who prefer very light lines.

Last Thoughts

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Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.