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:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:

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

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme:

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL 150:

Favorite Models… 745, 746, 7’8” Heavy

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro:

Reel- Shimano Curado K:

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

Rod- St. Croix Legend Tournament:

Reel- Shimano Bantam:

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:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 200:

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

Rod- Shimano Expride:

Reel- Shimano Curado DC:

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

Rod- Shimano Zodias:

Reel- Shimano Curado K:

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

Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite:

Reel- Daiwa Tatula SV TW:

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:
Megabass Destroyer Addermine:
G Loomis GLX 853C:
G Loomis GLX 852S:
G Loomis GLX DSR 820S:
Shimano Expride 7' Medium:
Dobyns Champion Extreme 742:
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium:
Shimano Zodias 7' Medium Light:
Dobyns Fury 702 Spinning:

The Reels Matt Recommends...
Shimano Exsence 3000:
Shimano Ultegra 2500:
Shimano Stradic CI4+:
Shimano Aldebaran 50 Casting Reel:

The Spinning Reels Tim Recommends...
Daiwa Luvias Air:
Daiwa Certate:
Shimano Sustain FI 2500:

Braided Line...
Power Pro MaxCuatro:
Power Pro Hi-Vis:
Sufix 832:
Sunline SX-1:

Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon:
Sunline Assassin Fluorocarbon:
Maxima UltraGreen:

Rod Sleeves...
The Rod Glove:

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