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Fishing Rods

Best Black Friday Deals on Fishing Rods

We've cast our net far and wide to bring you an incredible selection of black friday fishing rod deals. From ultra-lightweight rods perfect for those delicate catches to robust, heavy-duty ones designed for the big game, our deals cover it all. This is your chance to upgrade your fishing arsenal with top-quality rods from leading […]

KastKing’s Speed Demon Pro: A Detailed Review of the Crankbait-Specific Model

Designed and priced to compete with mid-range offerings from the likes of Falcon, St. Croix, and Lew’s, how does the KastKing Speed Demon Pro stack up? Let’s find out! Analysis and Results Blank, power, and action KastKing sent us their crankbait-specific, 7-foot medium/moderate rod. The blank is made from a composite of S-glass and high-modulus […]

The Best Fishing Rods for Beginners: Everything a New Angler Needs

While experienced anglers may chase the latest and greatest tackle, new anglers need a rod that maximizes the performance/price ratio. They’ll often be a bit tougher on their gear as they learn the ropes, so durability matters. But they also appreciate tackle that allows them to experiment with different techniques, whether that’s various styles of […]

Best Ugly Stik Rods for 2023: Unbeatable Durability and Surprising Performance

Shakespeare’s Ugly Stiks have won a hard-earned reputation for nearly unbreakable durability. Priced right, and tough enough for pretty much any situation, these budget-friendly rods deserve a second look. And while they’re certainly not going to give your G. Loomis a run for its money or offer sensitivity that rivals a St. Croix, their fiberglass […]

Best St. Croix Rods for 2023: Among the Very Best Money Can Buy

Longtime readers of USAngler will know that we’re huge fans of St. Croix rods.  The reasons are clear. High quality components and super manufacturing yield rods that are strong and sensitive, and until you’ve fought a personal best with a St. Croix in your hand, you don’t know what you’re missing! If you’re in the […]

Best Salmon Rods: Our Picks for 2023

More often than I would care to admit, I find myself stuck in the middle of the debate over which fish is stronger: salmon or steelhead. The answer, in my opinion, is an easy one, but one I get a lot of hate for. Salmon are the harder fighting of the two by far. Steelheaders […]

Best Trolling Rod and Reel Combos: Walleye, Salmon, and Pelagic Options Reviewed

Rod and reel combos can offer tremendous value for the money, and they can take a lot of the guesswork of rod and reel choice out of the fishing equation for less experienced anglers. Both of those are great things. But the wrong combo will cost you far more money than it’s worth, or worse […]

Best Trolling Rods for Every Species: 2023 Reviews and Buying Guide

There’s no one “best” trolling rod, and which tackle is a good choice largely depends on the species you’re chasing. For instance, a great spider rod for crappie isn’t going to do you much good for walleye, and an excellent walleye rod will simply fail under the stress of a tuna. If you’re wondering what […]

Best Panfish Reels - Your Top Choices in 2023

The ultralight tackle you use for fishing panfish turns each of these little fish into whales, adding to the addictive excitement angling for this species offers. In fact, just one afternoon catching these speckled devils will have you as hooked as they will be! And the good news is that reels for crappie doesn’t need […]

Best Fishing Rod for Panfish - Top Options In 2023

Whether you hunt your panfish in open water or in the tangles of downed trees, rod selection is critical to success.  If you’re wondering what makes an ideal panfish rod, look no further. Below, you’ll find out more about how we select our own rods, as well as reviews of some excellent choices. Quick glance […]

Sensitive Strength: The Best Rods for Fishing a Ned Rig Reviewed

The Ned rig is a fantastic finesse presentation for bass. But unlike worm fishing, a stout rod and heavy line are counter-productive with a light Ned head and a small trailer. Instead, you want finesse tackle - and that means reaching or an entirely different kind of “bass rod.” If that idea leaves you feeling […]

The Best Travel Rods Reviewed: Real Performance for Serious Fishermen

Anglers who travel a lot and want to get some fishing in or who need to pack rods in carry-on luggage know that real fishing tackle that meets their needs is in short supply. Yes, you can opt for some of the products that promise performance - Plussino comes to mind - and you’ll see […]

Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Reviewed

Best Saltwater Fishing Rods Saltwater rod for surf fishing Surf fishing demands a long rod that can cast like a dream, as well as an extra-long handle clad in shrink tubing to provide a no-slip grip. Built for big fish and large spinning reels, expect medium-heavy powered rods made of fiberglass composite. Amazon Length: 11’ Action/power: medium-heavy/moderately […]

Best Inshore Spinning Rods Reviewed

Between challenging weather; long, rough rides; and big, mean fish, inshore anglers put their tackle to the test. And the right choice for an inshore rod can mean the difference between a memorable catch and a disappointing failure. From sight-casting to reds to throwing live bait specks or flounder in a channel, a good inshore […]

Best Saltwater Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed

If you’re anything like us, the pull of the salt has you by the heartstrings. And if you need a new rod and reel, a great combo can get you on the water quickly. At their best, combos offer excellent reels matched to equally nice rods, but it can be hard to know which of […]

Best Rod and Reel Combos Reviewed: Top Options in 2023

The best rod and reel combo delivers all the performance you need at a price you’ll love. Awesome as a quick way to get you into the action, plenty of anglers opt for a combo to save time and money. Not sure about which might be right for you? Keep reading! Quick glance at the […]

Best Fishing Rods Reviewed - Top Rated for 2023

Need a good fishing rod but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find an exhaustive list of the best fishing rods for any situation, freshwater or saltwater. After careful research, field testing, and detailed comparison, we’ve put together an unbeatable resource to help you make the best choice for your […]

Best Fishing Rods for Kids: Excellent Options Reviewed For 2023

If there’s a little angler in your family, you’re probably counting the days until they catch their first fish. But if you’ve searched the shelves for a kids’ rod that’s more than a cheap toy, you’ve probably come away frustrated. And if you did pull the trigger on one of these toys, you know all […]

UglyStik Elite Casting Rod Reviewed

Shakespeare’s UglyStik has built a reputation for bomb-proof toughness, and if you’ve ever felt the heart-wrenching pain of a broken rod, you can understand just how important that can be. They also price their rods for the rest of us, putting them within easy reach of the vast majority of anglers. But inexpensive rods often […]

Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod Review

Bass Pro’s Micro Lite spinning rod is an excellent value, delivering lots of performance at a reasonable price point. If you’re in the market for a new ultralight rod, you could do a lot worse than this, even if you’re willing to spend big bucks, you might not do as well with a pricier model. […]

Best Baitcasting Rods For The Money – 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide

When you’re after big bass, pike, or muskie, you need the best baitcasting rod with plenty of backbone, excellent guides to protect your line, and the ability to throw heavy lures on the strongest lines you can buy. That’s just as true if you’re on the hunt for catfish, monster walleye, or lake trout. Baitcasting […]

Best Spinnerbait Rod - Buying Guide and Reviews For 2023

Finding the right rod for spinnerbait fishing can be a bit tricky, as you need to look for certain actions, power, and materials. Don't worry, we're here to help. Below, you’ll find a complete buying guide, as well as reviews of the top spinnerbait rods. Quick glance at the best spinnerbait rods on the market: […]

Best Swimbait Rods - 2023 Reviews & Buying Guide

You don’t want to use just any rod when going out and casting swimbaits, as they can be quite hefty! You’ll need to make sure your rod is strong enough to handle casting and retrieving such a large lure. The weight of a swimbait can range from minuscule to 8 ounces or more, and if […]

Best Ultralight Rods That Are Heavy on Fun: 2023's Top Ultralight Rods Reviewed

Catching perch, crappie, trout, and bass on an ultralight will put a smile on your face every time. When you hear your drag start to complain and you know you’ve got a fight on your hands, there’s an adrenaline rush that only comes with light tackle. If you’d like to give ultralight a try, we’d […]

Best Crankbait Rods Reviewed For 2023

Sneak a peek into any bass angler’s tackle box, and you’ll find crankbaits. Yes, soft plastics might have the edge, but there’s no denying that crankbaits are deadly on largemouth, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t throw them. That said, I know quite a few folks who’ve missed a nice fish or two by […]

The Best JerkBait Rods - Buying Guide and Reviews of Our Favorites

One of the most fun and rewarding ways to catch bass is by fishing with jerkbaits. If you want to get into this awesome technique and land more fish, you’ll need to ensure you have the proper equipment for the job. Today, we’ll take a look at some of the best jerkbait rods for angling! […]

Best Surf Fishing Rods Reviewed: Casting From The Beach

Surf casting rods are unlike anything else on the angling market, and they’re built to deliver the long casts, unimpeachable strength, and rugged durability surf anglers demand. Do you know what separates the best from the rest? Looking for a great rod at a price that won’t break the bank? Keep reading! Here's a quick […]

Best Telescoping Rods Reviewed - Big Fun in a Small Package

Telescopic rods offer maximum portability. They’re an awesome choice if you want to keep your fishing gear in the trunk of your car, pack a rod on a hike to a stream, or bring your rod on your next flight. While probably not the equal of a conventional rod, they’re much easier to store and […]

Best Spinning Rods for 2023 - Buying Guide and Reviews

Talk to any experienced angler, and you’ll quickly realize that the right rod plays a huge role in their success. In fact, a good rod, quality line, an excellent reel, and the right lures are nearly as important as raw skill and know-how. But there’s an old adage about lures that applies to rods as […]

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