Top 7 Spinning Rods of 2018 - Buyer's Guide

This Buyer’s Guide looks at the best rod and reel spinning 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" spinning rods on the market. The market is saturated with brands claiming to be the best, let us do the hard work and find the best rods at the best prices 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. 

Spinning Combos…

Rod- G Loomis GLX: http://bit.ly/2A6HH3O

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Favorite Models… 852S JWR, 820S DSR, 853S JWR


Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme: http://bit.ly/29OVnDa

Reel- Shimano Ultregra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Favorite Models… 742, 741


Rod- Daiwa Tatula Elite AGS: http://bit.ly/2QHupT9

Reel- Daiwa Tatula LT 2000: http://bit.ly/2zrq4id 

Favorite Models… 7’6” ML, 7’4” medium


Rod- Shimano Expride: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q

Reel: Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Favorite Models… 7’ Light +, 6’10” Medium Light, 7’ Medium


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

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Favorite Models… 6’8” Medium Light, 7’ Medium Light, 7’ Medium


Rod- Cashion Elite: http://bit.ly/2xJGGPt

Reel- Shimano Nasci 2500: http://bit.ly/2g278cC

Favorite Models… 7’ Medium Light, 7’ Medium, 7’ Medium Heavy


Rod- Dobyns Sierra: http://bit.ly/2EyotZU

Reel: Ultregra 2500: http://bit.ly/2nfApml

Favorite Models… 7’ Light, 7’ Medium Light

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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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Best Fishing Rods for New Anglers

Its crazy how many brands, lengths, and types of rods are on the market! Tim helps make sense of it all by recommending the 3 rods that you need as a new angler. Forget all the hype and marketing, these will get you through 99% of the techniques we use in bass fishing. 

As a beginning fisherman you want to purchase the best equipment you can within your budget. These are fishing rods you're going to use for a very long time. However, you do not want to exceed your budget so we recommend spending more on the fishing rod than the fishing reel. With that in mind we aren't recommending any high end reels with this video. 

Tim's Recommended Rods Based on Your Budget...

7' Medium Spinning Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- G Loomis NRX

7' Medium Baitcasting Rod:

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Shimano Clarus
High $$$- Dobyns Champ Extreme

7'-7'2" Medium Heavy Baitcasting Rod: 

Low $$$- Shimano Sellus
Mid $$$- Dobyns Fury
High $$$- Shimano Zodias

Reel Recommendations for each...

Spinning Low $$$- Shimano Nexave 2500
Spinning Mid $$$- Shimano Saros 2500

Baitcasting Low $$$- Shimano Caius
Baitcasting Mid $$$- Shimano Citica 7:1

As a new bass fisherman your first purchase should always be a spinning rod. With a spinning rod you're able to master a variety of bass fishing techniques like dropshot, senko fishing, worms, tubes, small topwater lures, and even a few reaction fishing techniques. 

Once you've got a feel for these techniques your next purchase should be a 7' medium baitcaster. This rod will allow you to branch into a few more techniques like rigging a senko texas style, fishing a jig, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits, etc. 

These two fishing rods are going to help you progress your bass fishing more than any other purchase but when you're ready, add in a 7'-7'2" medium heavy baitcasting rod. This rod will let you get into heavier bass jigs, texas rigs, large topwaters, small swimbaits and paddletails, and a handful of other techniques. 

We know that getting into bass fishing and trying to purchase tackle and equipment can be very overwhelming. We hope these quick tips will help you make educated decisions while purchasing your first fishing pole. Good luck on your fishing adventure