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Best Spinning Rods – 2019 Buyers Guide

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There is a massive range of spinning rods available today, with varying degrees in both quality and price.

So, I have done a huge amount of research and testing to narrow down the best spinning rods on the market at the moment.

I have also broken these down into two group, so we’ll be looking at the best spinning rods that cost over $100, and then the best spinning rods for under $100.

So let's get into this right away...

Best spinning rods over $100

Best spinning rods

1. G-Loomis Trout & Panfish Series Spinning Rod

Best spinning rods

Our top choice in the best spinning rods over $100 category is the G-Loomis Trout & Panfish series spinning rod.

 

It was a tough choice choosing a winner just from the incredible range of G-Loomis spinning rods as they have several that could be potential winners, but for us the G-Loomis Trout & Panfish spinning rod just topped it. More details on this rod below...

Why we chose the G-Loomis Trout & Panfish as the winner of the best spinning rods over $100 category

The G.Loomis Trout & Panfish series spinning rod is a very sensitive rod that delivers incredibly high performance levels. 

The sensitivity of this rod means that you can feel even the tiniest of anomalies when retrieving and set the hook with extreme efficiency.

Clearly designed for light spinning, the G.Loomis Trout & Panfish series spinning rod has a very fast tip, that improves hook up rates and ultimately gives you more control and finesse. 

Do not let the name of this spinning rod series restrict your target species. It is actually very versatile and can be used for a wide range of species, ranging from the aforementioned Trout and Panfish, through to Crappie, Bass, Walleye and Blue gill to name just a few. 

Basically if you get yourself one of these rods, try it with a number of different lures and methods and go for a wide range of species. You will see just how well it copes with them all!

There are several models available in this range, with both one and two piece options. Below is a table of the models available:

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Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

TSR740-2 | 11845-01

1

moderate-Fast

ultra-light

6'2"

TSR801-2 | 11847-01

1

Fast

ultra-light

6'8"

TSR802-2 | 11848-01

1

Fast

Light

6'8"

TSR862-2 | 11849-01

1

Fast

Light

7'2"

TSR901-2 | 11850-01

1

Fast

ultra-light

7'6"

TSR862-2 GLX | 11853-01

1

Fast

Light

7'2"

TSR560S | 11899-01

2

moderate-Fast

ultra-light

4'8"

TSR690S | 11902-01

2

moderate-Fast

ultra-light

5'9"

TSR691S | 11903-01

2

Fast

ultra-light

5'9"

TSR790S | 11904-01

2

moderate-Fast

ultra-light

6'7"

TSR791S | 11905-01

2

Fast

ultra-light

6'7"

TSR791S GLX | 11909-01

2

Fast

ultra-light

6'7"

It is hard to find any fault with this spinning rod.

G-Loomis are known for their quality fishing rods, and the Trout & Panfish series is a worthy winner of our best spinning rods over $100 category.

The attention to detail in the design, and overall look and feel of the rod are very impressive. And the performance of the rod even more so.

While the G-Loomis Trout & Panfish series spinning rod won our best spinning rod over $100 category, there are several other spinning rods within the G-Loomis range that we haven't been able to test properly yet that certainly warrant a mention too: 


2. St Croix Avid X Spinning Rod

St Croix Avid X 6.6ft MF 1pc Spinning Rod

Our runner up in the best spinning rods over $100 category is the St Croix Avid X spinning rod.

It probably won't be a surprise to many to see a St Croix rod as one of the top choices, as they have become an extremely popular option for anglers around the world.

And again, this was a tough choice to choose a winner from the St Croix range alone, as they have a wide range of both spinning and casting rods that are all of exceptional quality.

But we felt the Avid X from St Croix was the right choice as the design quality and attention to detail throughout the rod was clearly evident, and also more affordable as far as their pricing goes for their range of rods.

If you like to fish with finesse, then this rod is a great fit for this as it is super-sensitive but also has a lot of power, so you can really control the fish as soon as you set the hook.

The rod uses a high-modulus SCIII graphite blank, which helps to keep the action very smooth. The integrated Poly Curve tooling technology provides a consistent thickness throughout the rod, which again adds to the overall performance of the rod.

Fitted with Kigan Z micro-guides that have slim-line aluminum-oxide rings and are extremely strong and durable, and come housed in gun-smoke frames. The Avid X also has a Fuji VSS reel seat with a twist lock fore-grip.

The St Croix Avid X spinning rod is light, very light in fact! The sensitivity of the rod is impressive, and will really suit those that prefer to fish by 'feel'.

See table below for the different versions of the St Croix Avid X spinning rod:

Model

No. of pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

AXS66MF

1

Fast

Medium

6'6"

AXS68MXF

1

Extra Fast

Medium

6'8"

AXS69MLXF

1

Extra Fast

Medium Light

6'9"

AXS70MF

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

AXS70MHF

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

AXS70MLF2

2

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

AXS70MF2

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"

The reason why this rod is so good is because St Croix took their ever-popular Avid spinning rod and enhanced it further to deliver this Avid X rod.

The split grip handle was added, and the cork grip used makes it extremely comfortable to use. The Kigan micro-guides have also been optimally placed to increase sensitivity and improve casting ability.

It is this attention to detail that has made the St Croix Avid X an absolute beast of a spinning rod!

As mentioned, there are some other really good spinning rods available from St Croix, so here are some of their other good options:


3. SHIMANO SE Teramar Spinning Rod

TERAMAR F 7'0" SE HVY SPIN ROD

Third place in our 'Best spinning rods over $100' category went to the Shimano SE Teramar spinning rod.

What a great rod this is, and at a really affordable price too considering the quality and performance ability you get with the SE Teramar spinning rod by Shimano.

The balance of the rod feels spot-on, and you feel that you are in perfect control at all times when handling it. The grade A cork handle grip adds to the comfort, and the Fuji reel guide will ensure your reel is tightly secured ready for battle.

Casting is effortless with this rod, and also extremely accurate. Don't be afraid to throw some heavier lead with this rod as well, it can handle it!

The TC4 blank on the SE Teramar has been designed so that it provides a great deal of strength without adding more weight to the rod. The construction includes two layers of T Glass and a weave of high modulus graphite, which makes it so robust.

This rod uses Fuji Alconite guides, which are lightweight and durable. They also incorporate a Fuji reel seat, and all models have cork handle grips for extra comfort and more grip while you’re fighting decent sized fish.

The Teramar SE range come in Medium Light models all the way up to Medium Heavy (ML, M & MH available), and lengths from 6.6’ up to 7.6’ (6.6’, 7’ & 7.6’ available)

This range will give you plenty of options as far as target fish and will give you the flexibility to pair them up with a wide range of reel sizes.

Shimano SE Teramar models available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

TMS66MH

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

6'6"

TMS70M

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

TMS70MH

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

TMS76M

1

Fast

Medium

7'6"

TMS76ML

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'6"

TMS80H

1

Fast

Heavy

8'0"

TMS80M

1

Fast

Medium

8'0"

TMS80XXH

1

Fast

XX Heavy

8'0"


4. Shimano Zodias Spinning Rod

ZODIAS 6'8" MED LT. SPINNING ROD

Another extremely popular range of spinning rods is the Shimano Zodias.

The design of the Zodias range really catches the eye, but the performance also matches up to the looks as well.

Coming with Shimano’s high-power X Technology blank construction, custom EVA grips, Fuji Alconite guides and a SiC tip, you are getting quality throughout.

The Shimano Zodias range is also fitted with the ergonomically designed CI4+ reel seats.

Obviously, you can pair the Shimano Zodias with a number of different reels, but the ultimate combination for these rods are when paired with the Stradic Ci4+ reel.

At the price point of the Zodias rods, it is hard to find many others to compete in as far as quality and performance.

Extremely light and comfortable to use, plus very sensitive too so you can maximize your hook-up rate.

They also cast like a dream too, so you can get a lot of distance and drop your lures right on the spot when accuracy is required.

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

ZDS268L

1

Fast

Light

6'8"

ZDS268ML

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'8"

ZDS270ML

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

ZDS270​M

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

ZDS270MH

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"


5. Daiwa Saltiga Spinning Rod

5001680 Daiwa Saltiga G Boat 3Piece Travel Spinning Rod MH 7'

It is hardly surprising to see Daiwa spinning rods amongst the top picks here, and the mention of “Saltiga” just resinates with anglers due to their top of the range Saltiga spinning reels.

As you would expect, the Saltiga spinning rods provide incredible quality and high performance, and the pricing of these rods is very reasonable when you consider how much the Saltiga reels cost.

The use of high-quality components throughout these Saltiga rods ensures you get the performance you need, from casting your lures to responsive hook-ups.

The Saltiga spinning rod range has been designed with travel in mind.

These rods come in 2 or 3-piece designs, so they can easily fit in your suitcase on your travels, and they also come with strong cases to provide extra protection for the rods if you do take them on your travels.

Daiwa Saltiga Spinning Rod models available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

SAG703MHRS-TR

3

Regular

Medium Heavy

7'0"

SAG703MRS-TR

2

Regular

Medium

7'0"

SAG703MR-TR

3

Regular

Medium

7'0"


Best Spinning Rods Under $100

Now we're going to look at the selection of the best spinning rods under $100.

There were a lot of great options for this category, and the winners here will certainly provide you with plenty to think about.

Best spinning rods under $100

1. KastKing Perigee II Spinning Rod

KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods - Fuji O-Ring Line Guides, 24 Ton Carbon Fiber Casting and Spinning Rods - Two Piece Twin-Tip Rods and One Piece Rods

KastKing have a wide range of excellent quality budget fishing rods, and the KastKing Perigee II is an outstanding spinning rod that provides amazing value for money.

Why the KastKing Perigee II spinning rod topped the budget rod winner's list

As mentioned, there was so much competition for this category, but we felt the KastKing Perigee II spinning rod was a worthy winner due to it's overall quality and performance. This is an exceptional rod that presents amazing value for money.

KastKing have a wide range of excellent quality budget fishing rods, and the KastKing Perigee II is an outstanding spinning rod that provides amazing value for money.

One thing that should be mentioned about all KastKing rods is that they all come packaged in a hard tube and wrapped in bubble wrap. This obviously gives it a lot of protection during delivery, and it’s something that not all companies do with their budget options.

The first thing to note about the Perigee II is that it has a very good quality 24-ton carbon fiber blank by Toray, so you are getting a very strong and durable rod right off the bat.

It also uses Fuji O-Ring guides, another quality component that is built to last and provides excellent performance.

The graphite reel seat also provides a very secure base for your spinning reel, so you can do battle with the hard-fighting fish with confidence.

One of the first things you will noticed about the KastKing Perigee II once you have paired it with a suitable reel is the balance on it.

It is set up perfectly, and the excellent balance on this light rod will enable you to fish for hours without fatigue setting in.

There are many different models of the KastKing Perigee II spinning rod, including both 1 and 2-piece options, and a multitude of length, action and power options available.

They do also have a couple of 7’ models that offer a ‘twin-tip’ solution. This basically means you will receive 3 parts to this spinning rod, with two different tip options.

One of the twin-tip rods provides both a M (medium) and a MH (medium heavy) tip, while the other twin-tip rod provides a M (medium) and a ML (medium light) tip.

This innovation and versatility, along with the quality components used throughout this rod, the performance it provides, and all at a very affordable price makes the KastKing Perigee II spinning rod a very worthy winner in my eyes.

Here are the different models available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

KRDSPNPG2-46UL1

1

Moderate

Ultra Light

4'6"

KRDSPNPG2-67M1

1

Fast

Medium

6'7"

KRDSPNPG2-67MH1

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

6'7"

KRDSPNPG2-67ML1

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'7"

KRDSPNPG2-7M1

1

Fast

Medium

7'1"

KRDSPNPG2-71ML1

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'1"

KRDSPNPG2-7MH1

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'1"

KRDSPNPG2-5L2

2

Fast

Light

5'0"

KRDSPNPG2-5UL2

2

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

5'0"

KRDSPNPG2-56L2

2

Fast

Light

5'6"

KRDSPNPG2-56UL2

2

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

5'6"

KRDSPNPG2-66H2

2

Fast

Heavy

6'6"

KRDSPNPG2-66L2

2

Fast

Light

6'6"

KRDSPNPG2-7H2

2

Fast

Heavy

7'0"

KRDSPNPG2-76M2

2

Fast

Medium

7'6"

KRDSPNPG2-76MH2

2

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'6"

KRDSPNPG2-7MMH2

3 - Twin tip

Fast

Medium & Medium Heavy

7'0"

KRDSPNPG2-7MLM2

3 - Twin tip

Fast

Medium & Medium Light

7'0"


2. Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod

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

The Ugly Stik Elite spinning rod is the premium version of the Ugly Stik GX2, and includes 35% more graphite, which makes it lighter and provides a crisper action to the rod.

This rod is extremely comfortable to hold, and when paired with a suitable spinning reel you can feel the balance has been really well thought out and integrated into the design.

The premium cork grips on the Ugly Stik Elite help to enhance the feel and performance of this rod. They are extremely comfortable to hold, so long durations of flicking lures can be done with ease without any fatigue setting in.

This rod is extremely sensitive due to the clear tip design, so you will be able to feel the slightest knocks on your lures as soon as they happen, which can lead to higher hook-up rates.

The compromise on the Ugly Stik Elite rods seems to be the guides, which some users have said they tend to wear out quickly. If this did happen, they could be replaced easily, but worth mentioning so you can make a more informed decision on this rod.

There are several sizes and power types available for the Ugly Stik Elite, all of the available models listed below:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

USESP461UL

1

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

4'6"

USESP501UL

1

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

5'0"

USESP502UL

2

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

5'0"

USESP562L

2

Fast

Light

5'6"

USESP601MH

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

6'0"

USESP602M

2

Fast

Medium

6'0"

USESP661MH

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

6'6"

USESP661M

1

Fast

Medium

6'6"

USESP662M

2

Extra Fast

Medium

6'6"

USESP662UL

2

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

6'6"

USESP701MH

1

Extra Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

USESP702M

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"

USESP701ML

1

Medium Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

USESP701M

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

USESP702UL

2

Medium Fast

Ultra Light

7'0"

USESP761ML

1

Medium Fast

Medium Light

7'6"

USESP761M

1

Medium Fast

Medium

7'6"


3. Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod

The Fenwick HMG spinning rod is right on the sub-$100 boarder line, but if you don’t mind spending your full $100 budget then this rod is a fantastic option to consider, as it provides extremely good value for your money!

As soon as you get your hands on the Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod you can see and feel the quality of the components used throughout the entire rod.

The carbon bound blank that Fenwick is renowned for provides you with the strength and responsiveness to improve your hook-up rates. The handle is made from premium cork, so comfort levels are high when using this rod.

The Fuji guides coupled with aconite inserts provide minimal resistance, so long and accurate casting is much easier with the Fenwick HMG.

The rod comes with a Sea-Guide Alien reel seat, which provides a very stable and secure platform for your reels.

The Fenwick HMG spinning rod is a very popular option, and consistently receives excellent buyer reviews from the stores it is sold at. And it is easy to see why when you start using the rod.

Models available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

HMG60M-FS

1

Fast

Medium

6'0"

HMG60ML-FS

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'0"

HMG66M-FS

1

Fast

Medium

6'6"

HMG66MH-FS

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

6'6"

HMG69ML-FS

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'9"

HMG70M-FS

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

HMG70MH-FS

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

HMG70ML-FS

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

HMG76ML-FS

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'6"

HMG60L-MS-2

2

Moderate

Light

6'0"

HMG60M-FS-2

2

Fast

Medium

6'0"

HMG66L-MFS-2

2

Moderate Fast

Light

6'6"

HMG66M-FS-2

2

Fast

Medium

6'6"

HMG69ML-FS-2

2

Fast

Medium Light

6'9"

HMG70UL-MS-2

2

Moderate

Ultra Light

7'0"

HMG70M-FS-2

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"

HMG76L-MFS-2

2

Moderate Fast

Light

7'6"


4. Shimano Sellus Spinning Rod

SHIMANO Sellus 2-Piece Spin Rod (6-Feet Medium)

When a big player like Shimano provides some of their legendary performance and design quality at a budget price it is bound to turn heads.

That is exactly the case with the excellent Shimano Sellus spinning rod.

The Sellus is lightweight and extremely sensitive, so it really does breed confidence that you can set the hook as soon as you feel a take on your lure.

Ideal for drop-shot rig fishing or surface fishing with lures, the Shimano Sellus offers that versatility that some people want rather than having to carry multiple rods all for their own specific purposes.

The blank on the Shimano Sellus is 24-ton graphite, which while not as durable as the 30+ ton graphite blank rods, it still makes the rod very light and responsive.

As far as grips go on the Sellus, there are two options. One is with a cork grip and the with a split EVA foam grip.

The low-profile aluminum oxide guides are not the highest quality, so this is the one component on the rod that is likely to wear the quickest.

The rod comes with a custom Shimano reel seat that seems to work well with a wide range of reels, and certainly provides the stable base you want when playing a hard-fighting fish.

The Sellus also has a multipurpose hook keeper, which is very handy when moving around a lot with the rod.

Models available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

Sellus

2

Fast

Medium

6'0"

Sellus

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"


5. Cadence CR5 Spinning Rod

Cadence Fishing CR5 Spinning Rods | 30 Ton Carbon | Fuji Reel Seat | Stainless Steel Guides with SiC Inserts | CR5-701S-MF

Cadence are relatively new to the fishing gear market, but they have certainly managed to get noticed for all the right reasons with some of their products!

The Cadence CR5 spinning rod is just one of their products that has turned a lot of heads and become a very popular option for many anglers after a good quality rod at a very affordable price.

Let’s start with the look and feel of the Cadence CR5.

When you first set eyes on this rod, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is a premium rod worth a couple of hundred bucks. It certainly looks and feels like it!

It’s very light to hold, and the grips are extremely comfortable so you can enjoy hours of flicking lures with this rod.

More on the grips on the Cadence CR5 spinning rod. You have an option here of either having a full grip or a split grip, depending on your preference. Plus, each grip comes with both cork below the reel seat and then EVA just above the reel seat.

Cadence has used a Fuji reel seat on the CR5 spinning rod, so with this quality you can always expect a firmly secured reel.

It also comes with a 30-ton carbon blank which helps to make the rod as light as it is and also gives it the power and sensitivity it has.

There are plenty of different models of the Cadence CR5 spinning rod available, including both 1 and 2-piece. Here are your options

Models Available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

Handle Type

CR5-481S-ULM

1

Moderate

Ultra Light

4'8"

Full

CR5-601S-MLF

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'0"

Full

CR5-601S-MF

1

Fast

Medium

6'0"

Full

CR5-661S-MHMF

1

Moderate Fast

Medium Heavy

6'6"

Full

CR5-661S-MLMF

1

Moderate Fast

Medium Light

6'6"

Split

CR5-661S-MF

1

Fast

Medium

6'6"

Split

CR5-701S-MHF

1

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

Full

CR5-701S-MLF

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

Split

CR5-701S-MF

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

Split

CR5-562S-ULMF

2

Moderate Fast

Ultra Light

5'6"

Full

CR5-602S-LMF

2

Moderate Fast

Light

6'0"

Full

CR5-662S-LMF

2

Moderate Fast

Light

6'6"

Full

CR5-662S-MLMF

2

Moderate Fast

Medium Light

6'6"

Split

CR5-662S-MF

2

Fast

Medium

6'6"

Split

CR5-702S-MHF

2

Fast

Medium Heavy

7'0"

Full

CR5-702S-MF

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"

Split

CR5-702S-ULM

2

Moderate

Ultra Light

7'0"

Full


6. KastKing Royale Legend Spinning Rod

KastKing Royale Legend Fishing Rods, Spinning &Casting Models Designed For Bass Fishing Techniques,1 & 2-pc Fishing Rods for Fresh & Saltwater,Tournament Quality & Performance, Premium Fuji Components

Another excellent budget option to add into this list of best spinning rods is the superb KastKing Royale Legend spinning rod.

Again, I can’t emphasise enough just how much quality you are getting for your money with these Kastking rods, and this Royal Legend is certainly no exception.

This series has a number of both casting and spinning models available, and both come in 1 and 2-piece options.

Built with a Toray 24-ton carbon blank, you get a mix of power and sensitivity, which is vital for high performing spinning rods.

The Fuji O-ring guides are a durable component as they dissipate the heat well throughout the entire ring.
They also help to provide added distance and accuracy on casts, and work well with all types of line.

The KastKing Royale Legend spinning rod is extremely versatile and can be used with a range of techniques such as spinnerbaits, drop shot, Texas rig, Carolina rig, jerk baits, frog lures, jig/worms, topwater lures, pitchin' and flippin', tube jigs, Snekos, shakey head lures and more.

Below are the various models available. I have only mentioned the spinning models, but there are also several casting rod models available if you’re interested in those too.

Models Available:

Model

No. of Pieces

Action

Power

Rod Length

KRDSPNRL-69M1

1

Fast

Medium

6'9"

KRDSPNRL-69ML1

1

Fast

Medium Light

6'9"

KRDSPNRL-7M1

1

Fast

Medium

7'0"

KRDSPNRL-7ML1

1

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"

KRDSPNRL-69M2

2

Fast

Medium

6'9"

KRDSPNRL-69ML2

2

Fast

Medium Light

6'9"

KRDSPNRL-7M2

2

Fast

Medium

7'0"

KRDSPNRL-7ML2

2

Fast

Medium Light

7'0"


Choosing your spinning rod

There are some really good spinning rods here, giving you a wealth of options to choose from.

All of the above rods have been selected due to their quality and performance ability, so whichever one you decide on you will have a really good spinning rod to fish with.

Let me know in the comments below what your choice is, and why. I'd love to hear how you get on with your new spinning rod.

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