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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