Best Fishing Rods

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 9, 2017
Almost any man likes fishing and it is impossible to imagine it without a fishing rod. This simple appliance was invented centuries ago and today any amateur or professional fisherman uses it. Fishing rods have become really high-tech and that’s why we have decided to help you choose the best one and compared the best fishing rods available on the market. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
FISHING OPTIONS
LENGTH
POWER
MATERIAL
ROD WEIGHT
CONVENIENCE
ROD TYPE
 
PROS
Durable thanks to high-quality material and sophisticated design. Sufficient power and action to catch carp, trout and many other most common types of fish. Convenient to carry around thanks to a telescopic design.
CONS
This telescopic fishing rod has a medium power so do not try to catch really big fish (heavy power models are required).
OUR VERDICT
That's a truly multi-functional fishing rod which is perfect for both amateurs and professionals, for salt and freshwater. A nice combination of technology and convenience.
detailed parameters
FISHING OPTIONS
For sea and freshwater fish, boat and yacht fishing or angling, for middle and big fish
LENGTH
7.87', 7 sections, telescopic
POWER
Medium
MATERIAL
Carbon
ROD WEIGHT
7 oz.
CONVENIENCE
EVA fore grip, cloth bag for storage, front plastic cap
ROD TYPE
Spinning
PROS
Cutting-edge, ultra-strong IM8 graphite composite ensures durability. MINIMA reel seat is used to minimize weight for your convenience. Shipped with a convenient rod tube for storage and portability.
CONS
It's not a cheap fishing rod so be ready to pay for it.
OUR VERDICT
Top fly fishing rod for use in the sea, lake, river, etc. Excellent quality for medium and above-medium fish but be ready for casting fishing (not spinning).
detailed parameters
FISHING OPTIONS
For sea and freshwater fish, boat fishing and angling, for middle and big fish
LENGTH
7'2'', 4-piece design
POWER
Medium Heavy
MATERIAL
Graphite
ROD WEIGHT
4.4 oz.
CONVENIENCE
EVA split grips, travel rod tube
ROD TYPE
Baitcasting
PROS
Very compact telescopic fishing rod designed for tourists and travelers. Convenient split handle (lower is large enough but there is also an upper handle which is useful if you catch a big fish). Very nice for catching small fish - perfect action and power.
CONS
Ultra Lightweight fishing rod so it isn't suitable for middle and big fish.
OUR VERDICT
Affordable and portable fishing rod for people who want to catch some fish while they travel. Also good for amateur fishermen.
detailed parameters
FISHING OPTIONS
For sea and freshwater fish, boat fishing and angling, for small fish
LENGTH
4'6'', 5 sections, telescopic
POWER
Ultra Lightweight
MATERIAL
Carbon fiber
ROD WEIGHT
4 oz.
CONVENIENCE
Reusable rod tube, sponge handle
ROD TYPE
Spinning
PROS
Powerful yet lightweight fishing rod that is manufactured from a graphite composite. Extremely handy for catching the most popular medium fish like trout and bass. Handle is very convenient (P-cork) for angling and yacht fishing.
CONS
This 2-piece fishing rod isn't compact so you won't find it convenient if you go backpacking.
OUR VERDICT
Nice spinning fishing rod from the renowned manufacturer Shimano. Awesome quality and small weight make it an excellent choice for catching mid-sized fish.
detailed parameters
FISHING OPTIONS
For sea and freshwater fish, boat fishing and angling, for middle and big fish
LENGTH
6'6'', 2-piece design
POWER
Medium Light
MATERIAL
Graphite
ROD WEIGHT
4 oz.
CONVENIENCE
EVA butt cap, cork handle, hook keeper
ROD TYPE
Spinning
PROS
Designed specifically for freshwater angling and panfishing - fast action and perfect sensitivity make it great for fishing in shallow water. Very convenient for handheld fishing - no matter from the boat or from the bank.
CONS
Eagle Claw fishing rod can't be used in salt water. It's a freshwater-only model.
OUR VERDICT
Best pick for angling in freshwater: very lightweight fishing rod with a cork handle. Suitable for beginners and professionals.
detailed parameters
FISHING OPTIONS
For freshwater fish, angling and panfishing, for small fish
LENGTH
6'6'', 2-piece design
POWER
Light
MATERIAL
Fiberglass
ROD WEIGHT
3.5 oz.
CONVENIENCE
Cork handle, hook keeper
ROD TYPE
Fly Fishing

What Is It

Today, millions of people are passionate about sport fishing and even more like fishing for food. Also, many people adore active sports and will need a small fishing rod to catch some fish. From the technical point of view, a fishing rod is a long flexible stick which usually features a telescopic design so that it easily opens to a full length or collapsed to a compact length. Some fishing rods aren’t telescopic but are simply disassembled to a compact size. A well-chosen fishing rod allows you to catch different kinds of fish in both fresh and salt water.

If you are a true fisherman, we recommend reading our comparison of the best fishfinders that will help you find fish.

What Features to Compare

There are several important features that you need to consider when you are selecting a fishing rod. You might have come across different fishing rod reviews and many of them scare the amateur fishermen away with lots of technical details that are extremely difficult for people who are fishing novices and need to buy a fishing rod. That’s why our professionals have made the comparison of the best fishing rods simple, yet informative for every novice fisherman.

Fishing Options

The first thing to take into consideration when picking a fishing rod is the fishing options the rod is designed for. It's no secret, there are hundreds of various types of fish which differ in size and a fishing rod has to be powerful enough. Fishing for a small bleak or for a huge catfish is totally different so it requires totally different fishing rods. So, you need to consider the power of the rod. For example, a fishing rod for big fish has to be strong and have a heavy power while for smaller fish require a light power rod. The power itself means the bending of the rod - the closer to a handle a fishing rod starts bending the lighter the action is (some reviews call this feature action). As usual, there are the following types of power: ultra lightweight, lightweight, medium, and heavy, though there are also mid-level variants and some of them are presented in our comparison.

Also, do not forget there are different types of rods depending on fishing techniques. For example, there are fly fishing rods and ice fishing rods but they are quite different. You will find it extremely inconvenient to fish with a spinning rod in winter through a small hole in the ice. Most people use so-called spinning fishing rods with a special spinning reel: they allow fishermen to lure the fish the bait by moving it (usually bait is cast upstream and the current moves it down so the fish get attracted to the bait and start biting). This is, probably, the simplest way of fishing, particularly for beginners and it is also the best one for angling. Baitcasting rods are usually more powerful so you need one if you are going to catch some pike or salmon. Fly fishing rods are the best for small fish and panfish: they are flexible and lightweight, so you can actually feel the fish trying the bait and biting it.

Rod Design

Another important feature is the rod design, which includes its length and the number of sections (that open up to a full length). Good professional-grade fishing rods have a length of up to 6 meters (almost 20 ft.). However, these are for experienced fishermen. The choice of the length of fishing rod is crucial and the rule is simple: the the bigger the radius, the longer the rod required. Of course, the choice of the length depends on the place you are going to fish at - if there are lots of cane (river bank, for example) you need a rod of around 3.2-3.5 meters (~9.8 ft.) while if a place is quite empty and spacious, you can use a rod of 4.2-4.5 meters long (~13.3 ft.). Such a long rod allows you to catch fish and not allow it to escape deep down into underwater weeds.

Most modern fishing rods are made of carbon composite, bamboo, fiberglass composite, cane, and so on. However, the most bestselling fishing rods are made from carbon composite since this material combines a small weight, excellent power and action.

Keep in mind that most top-class fishing rods are sold without a reel. A reel has to be purchased separately and you can pick the one according to your needs.

Convenience

Finally, the fishing rod you are going to pick must be convenient so that fishing is a pleasure and not a tiring waste of time. A fishing rod has to comfortably settle in your hand so that it doesn’t get tired and you can hold it for several hours. Also, if you pick a telescopic fishing rod, you will be able to collapse it for easy transportation. And once you reach the fishing place, just open it and fish. Make sure to check the material the handle if made from - a plastic or bamboo handle will be quite slippery so it’s better to use cork or neoprene. Also, some fishing rods are designed for hiking, camping and all sorts of tourism - they usually have a special case for safe and convenient storage.

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Plusinno Telescopic Fishing Rod

FISHING OPTIONS

Plusinno telescopic fishing rod is quite versatile in terms of fishing options it offers. First of all, this is a traditional spinning rod that can be used both in salt and freshwater, so it doesn't matter if you are going to fish from a boat in the sea or in a lake. Of course, this travel fishing rod is awesome for angling and many buyers use it this way. It requires just a rod stand (it's usually stuck into the sand or fixed to a board on the yacht/boat. Angling is really convenient since you can install several fishing fly rods and wait till the fish bite. Speaking of fish, bear in mind the rod has medium power so it can easily handle small, medium and some types of big fish. It's frequently used for catching carp, bass, trout, and so on. However, this manufacturer offers similar rods with heavier power - these are far better for big fish.

ROD DESIGN

As we've mentioned, it's a telescopic rod that has as many as 7 sections, so no wonder it's quite long when you open it for fishing. The overall length reaches 7.87 feet which makes it the longest in our review. The fishing rod is made mainly of carbon, though reel seats are made of stainless steel and fishing poles are made of aluminum. The rod is quite compact when it's folded down and that's why many tourists choose it. Of course, some fishermen like telescopic fishing rods for their compact size.

CONVENIENCE

Plusinno telescopic fishing rod is really convenient. It is heavier than other items in our review - 7 oz. - due to its 7-section design. But most experienced fishermen use a special stand for this rod and do not hold it all the time. The handle is a EVA fore grip which is very comfortable and not slippy. Also, the rod comes with a special black cloth bag for carrying around. You can put this bag into your backpack or just attach it to it. Also, you can get a special tube to store the rod. Don't forget to use a plastic cap to protect the front end of the rod.

Plusinno Telescopic Fishing Rod
Plusinno Telescopic Fishing Rod
 

Okuma Citrix

FISHING OPTIONS

It's a nice Okuma fishing rod designed for salt and freshwater fish. This model is very convenient for baitcasting fishing, particularly from a boat. You just need to sail off the shore, choose a place, cast a lure and wait till the fish start biting. Then, you just sail to another place and continue fishing. This fishing mode doesn't require an overly long spinning fishing rod. Okuma fishing rod has medium heavy power which means you can catch rather big fish such as bass, trout, sea bass, and even salmon. Of course, this rod isn't strong enough to cope with really big fish. Also, Okuma fishing rod is very good for angling - choose a place on the lakeside, stick a rod stand and wait till you get some fish. In all, this model is for experienced fishermen, though amateurs will like using it too.

ROD DESIGN

This is a 4-piece fishing rod that you manually assemble (it takes little time). The maximum length of the rod is 7 feet and 2 inches - quite a long one! The rod is very strong - made from high-end IM8 graphite composite (remember that it's a relatively high-priced model) while line guide inserts are made from zirconium and the guide frames are stainless steel. Therefore, this rod can easily withstand salt water.

CONVENIENCE

The manufacturer has done its best to reduce the weight of this fishing rod and it weighs 4.4 oz. which is an awesome result for a long fishing rod pole. This item has EVA split grips which are very convenient for catching big fish while angling or from a boat. Also, this one goes with a rod tube for easy storage, so you can easily carry this rod while going to the place you will fish on. Bear in mind that there are areas that you can't reach even on your pick-up truck. That's why tourists like this fishing rod - it's simple, reliable and easy-to-clean if necessary.

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Okuma Citrix
Okuma Citrix
 

Shakespeare Telescoping Spinning Rod

FISHING OPTIONS

This is a small Shakespeare spinning fishing rod which is small and portable. It boasts a telescopic design, so it's very short when you carry it around. However, the rod is suitable for both salt and freshwater, so you can use it no matter where you live. It's an Ultra Lightweight fly fishing rod, so you can catch only small fish and if you want to fish for bigger species - you might end up with a broken rod. Be careful - there is a clear reason why some rods are Heavy in terms of power and others are Lightweight. If you aim is to catch crappies - this rod will be perfect. Tourists usually fish from the riverbank or lakeside. Even from an inflatable boat, this fishing rod will also be handy. However, this rod is too small for fishing from a specially equipped yacht.

ROD DESIGN

Just to recap, it's a telescopic fishing rod that is just 13.5 inches long when it's closed and if you open it - the length will be 4 feet and 6 inches. This rod has 5 sections and 4 line guides. Though it's a relatively cheap fishing rod, it's made from quite high-end carbon fiber, so it's quite strong yet lightweight. So, if you want to buy a fishing rod for tourism - this one is durable enough.

CONVENIENCE

Any telescopic fishing rod is heavier than a fishing pole rod and but this one is vert lightweight - just 4 oz. The rod has a large sponge handle which is split and has an upper part that will help you get the fish out of water if you can't do it with one hand. Also, a travel fishing rod goes with a special rod tube for carry-around and storage. You can put a tube into a backpack and go camping, then just take it out and open the fishing rod. That's one of the best portable rods available and of the top options for beginner fishermen.

Shakespeare Telescoping Spinning Rod
Shakespeare Telescoping Spinning Rod
 

Shimano Stimula

FISHING OPTIONS

This Shimano fishing rod can be used for both salt and freshwater fishing. This spinning fishing rod is extremely convenient for angling, boat and yacht fishing. If you want to go fishing on a special yacht (there are lots of them in any East Coast or West Coast state) - this rod will be perfect. It's a Medium Light power fishing rod that allows you to catch bass, trout, panfish, and even small pike, though a Heavy power fishing rod will be required if you want to catch salmon or catfish. Many novice fishermen buying a spinning fishing rod choose a Shimano reel and a rod stand - and enjoy angling at the river (or lake) bank. Others get a boat and do some fishing in deep water, the Shimano fishing rod will certainly be helpful.

ROD DESIGN

Shimano spinning fishing rod is composed of 2 pieces that you quickly assemble. The full length of the rod reaches 6 feet and 6 inches, so it's quite a long rod. The action is fast, so the rod will straighten up quickly after you take the fish off the hook. Shimano fishing pole rod is made of cutting-edge graphite composite which is really lightweight yet strong, whereas the guides are made from aluminum. The reel seat is designed for genuine Shimano reels.

CONVENIENCE

The rod isn't for recreation and tourism - though you can disassemble it, there are still 2 pieces and each of them is too big to put it in a backpack. If you go to a fishing place in your pick-up truck - the size of the rod doesn't matter at all. The rod weighs 4 oz. which is an awesome result for a mid-sized 6-foot model. Also, the rod is equipped with a special butt cap and a hook keeper. Also, the handle is large and it's made from cork, so the rod won't slip out of your hands if you succeed in catching a big fish. The handle is split and has a small upper part also made from cork, so you will never lose a fish.

Shimano Stimula
Shimano Stimula
 

Eagle Claw Featherlight

FISHING OPTIONS

Eagle Claw fly fishing rod is a freshwater model which can't be used for fishing in the sea. This small and quite cheap fishing rod is most often used for panfishing (which means fishing for small fish) and usually in shallow waters. If you have a small stream nearby or, for example, a pond - Eagle Claw fishing fly rod will be most helpful. It's a light power model, so it isn't suitable for bigger fish (like trout). Though some professional fishermen use it, this fishing fly rod is far more popular with amateur fishermen or kids. It gives a fisherman a stunning feeling of control - you will literally 'feel' the fish.

ROD DESIGN

Eagle Claw fly fishing rod has 2 pieces and when assembled it's 6 feet 6 inches long. It isn't a telescopic fishing rod, so it isn't short enough for people who need a rod for camping. Also, this rod is cheaper than many of its counterparts bacause it's made from fiberglass. However, it's durable enough and don't forget the rod is designed for small fish. The line guides are made from stainless steel but we would still not recommend you to try them in salt water.

CONVENIENCE

Eagle Claw fly fishing rod is lightweight which makes it so convenient for angling - just 3.5 oz. Your arms won't get tired while you're fishing for small fish. And the cork handle is very comfortable to hold and it doesn't get 'slippy' when your hands get wet. Also, the fly fishing rod goes with a handy hook keeper where you can safely store your hooks. Though a special tube isn't included, we recommend you to buy one for carrying the rod around without any difficulties.

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