Top 8 Casting Rods of 2018 - Buyer's Guide

This Buyer’s Guide looks at the best rod and reel combos in the “mid-range” category. We’ve already covered combos under $200 and High-End combos. This breaks down the best "bang for the buck" rods on the market. The market is saturated with rods, let us do the hard work and find the best deals for you.

If you're looking for a last minute holiday purchase, today is the last day that ground shipping will arrive before Christmas. Whether your rod budget is $200 or $500 there is an option here to give you the best quality, sensitivity, and responsiveness for the price point.

Below is a break down of the rods and reels discussed in this video. They are sorted by price from highest to lowest to make it easy for you to see the the best values based on our review.

Casting Combos…

Rod- G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Favorite Models… 853C JWR, 854C JWR, 893C JWR

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme: http://bit.ly/2ab2kRX

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Favorite Models… 745, 746, 7’8” Heavy

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro: http://bit.ly/2R4f2Ud

Reel- Shimano Curado K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Favorite Models… 845 CBR , 966 , 854C JWR, 874C CRR

Rod- St. Croix Legend Tournament: http://bit.ly/2Ap51x5

Reel- Shimano Bantam: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG

Favorite Models… 6’10” Medium, 7’4” Medium Heavy, 7’5” Heavy Moderate Fast, 7’8” Medium Heavy Moderate (big cranker)

Rod- Dobyns Champion XP: http://bit.ly/29OVD4V

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200: http://bit.ly/2kYsvRw

Favorite Models… 805 CB, 765 Flip, 764, 734

Rod- Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Shimano Curado DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Favorite Models… 6’10 Medium, 7’2” Medium, 7’2” Heavy, 7’6” Medium Heavy, 7’11” Extra Heavy

Rod- Shimano Zodias: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe

Reel- Shimano Curado K: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh

Favorite Models… 6’10” Medium. 7’2” Medium, 7’2” Medium Heavy, 7’5” Extra Heavy

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite: http://bit.ly/2yLDr9z

Reel- Daiwa Tatula SV TW: http://bit.ly/2xALqpz

Favorite Models… 7’1” Heavy, 7’3” Med Heavy, 7’6” Medium Heavy

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Finesse Fishing Rods & Reels | Buyer's Guide

Do you enjoy throwing that drop shot, tube, ned rig, senko, etc? This video is for you! From affordable budget rods to top of the line combos, we'll show you some great options to help take your finesse fishing to the next level!

Finesse is one of the few applications where we really stress spending as much as your budget will allow on the rod. If you have to save, save on the reel. Sensitivity is key when finesse fishing and there really is a difference between the various price points of fishing rods. 

The Rods from high-end to Budget Rods...


G Loomis NRX 852C: http://bit.ly/2hedqsq
Megabass Destroyer Addermine: http://bit.ly/2B7NyFj
G Loomis GLX 853C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
G Loomis GLX 852S: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
G Loomis GLX DSR 820S: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O
Shimano Expride 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Dobyns Champion Extreme 742: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium Light: http://bit.ly/2jOUXAO
Dobyns Fury 702 Spinning: http://bit.ly/2e7HZPF

The Reels Matt Recommends...
Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV
Shimano Ultegra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml
Shimano Stradic CI4+: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Shimano Aldebaran 50 Casting Reel: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy

The Spinning Reels Tim Recommends...
Daiwa Luvias Air: http://bit.ly/2jllD06
Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Shimano Sustain FI 2500: http://bit.ly/2v5ovAm

Braided Line...
Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Power Pro Hi-Vis: http://bit.ly/2g9c2GV
Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Sunline SX-1: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ

Leader/Fluorocarbon...
Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju
Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
AbrazX: http://bit.ly/2aaBBDX
Maxima UltraGreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Rod Sleeves...
The Rod Glove: http://bit.ly/2vnwYip
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