We went through over 100 fishing rods and narrowed it down to the top five fishing rods that we loved the most. We ranked these based on performance, material, craftsmanship, price, and weight.
This rod is recommended for beginners, because it is often difficult to feel when the fish bite the hooks. This rod is sensitive, making it easy to feel slight movements. The Pflueger brand makes high quality fishing rods in all price ranges. The 2-piece Echelon (medium action) rod comes with a cork handle and graphite body, which provides a balanced feel when casting. Because it can break down into smaller parts, it can be taken anywhere. The cork grip makes a great handle, both comfortable and sturdy.
The rod comes with a spinning reel with 5 stainless steel ball bearings, as well as a one-way clutch anti-reverse bearing. This is recommended for fishing in lakes and rivers.
#4 Quantum Vibe
This rod is good for fighting fish, and the overall outfit makes it great for making long casts. It is recommended for the casual fisherman due to its price and its quality. Its three-part cork handle allows for a firm grip and great control. The 6-ft frame is great for casting off the pier or from land.
The Long Strike spool allows smooth long casts, and the wonderful front drag allows you to fight fish during the longer fights. This characteristic allows for a fun sport fishing adventure. This combination comes with a spinning rod. Overall, if you do not plan on fishing a lot, but want a quality rod, this rod is particularly recommended for you.
One of Shakepeare’s most popular and well-known fishing rods is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik. This is a 2-piece, medium action rod. This isn’t a rod/reel combination, so be careful when purchasing (A great way to save money is to buy one reel, and different kinds of rods to fit your fishing needs). The rod is available from 5 to 9 feet, and uses an unconventional “Ugly Tuff” EVA foam grip and stainless steel framed guides. This handle is longer, making it a comfortable squeeze. One downside of this is that it isn’t as durable as the cork handle.
The Ugly Stik is one of the most durable rods on the market. They are tough cookies for sure. You can fight fish, toss it around, even step it on it accidently, and it won’t break. Even though it is a medium action rod, the balance provides a sensitive touch that allows one to feel even very light bites. In addition to the durability and strength, the rod is sleek. It is a jet black laced with gold grim. Just glancing at the rod, you will notice the immense amount of detail that was put into each and every rod they make.
All in all, this rod will last you a long time (unless you run over it with your car). It’s a great rod for the price, and will withstand a lot of beatings. The recommended use is for freshwater fishing such as lakes and rivers, but it can even be used for trolling. Overall, a great and versatile rod.
Most people who buy this rod wonder how such a high quality rod came at such a low price. This rod is a crowd favorite for sure, combining its medium action solid graphite rod with its spinning reel allows for excellent fishing experiences for years to come. Generally, the more ball bearings on a reel, the better. This is because it lasts longer. This is the one downside of this rod/reel combo – it has only 2-ball bearings. Whether you use this as a main rod, or a backup rod, it will serve its purpose. You might even switch this one out to use full-time after you get used to it. This rod is #2 on this list due to its quality and its price. You will get the most bank for your buck, especially if you are a beginner.
The front drag allows for great fighting experiences with the fish you are targeting. It is sturdy to handle the bigger fish, but sensitive enough to sense even the smaller bites. If you are looking for one of the highest quality rods at a low cost, this is definitely a great choice. In comparison to other rods, this rod outperforms many other more expensive rods.
This graphite rod provides a lightweight balanced feel with a solid design. It will be able to handle all fish sizes, and is great for all beginners and experienced fishermen. It is a strong rod that will help you have control of your fish. Abu Garcia has been long-known to produce great fishing tackle, and this is another great addition. While the price tag on this one is the highest of the Top 5, it actually is a moderately priced piece of equipment that is worth its price in gold. With Abu Garcia, you really do get what you pay for. They make some of the highest quality rods on the market available today.
The quality of the Abu Garcia Black Max speaks for itself. It is a tough rod and will give you plenty of good times on the lake. This rod isn’t necessarily made for beginners, as the baitcaster rods require a little more skill. Of course, everybody is a beginner until they learn. With a little practice, this rod will help you cast large lures and bait into your local waters, great for salmon, sturgeon, and even larger trout.