the 7 best

FOR 2023




Okuma Celilo Ultra-Light Spinning Rod

a budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on quality. This rod features a sensitive graphite blank and a responsive tip for precise control.

St. Croix Trout Series Spinning Rod

Has a premium SCII graphite construction, providing excellent strength and sensitivity.

G. Loomis Trout & Panfish Series Spinning Rod

Made with high-quality graphite, this rod offers superb sensitivity, making it easier to detect subtle strikes.

Fenwick HMG Spinning Rod

Constructed with a blend of carbon fiber and fiberglass, this rod strikes a perfect balance between sensitivity and durability.

Shimano Stimula Spinning Rod

Built with a responsive graphite composite blank, this rod offers excellent sensitivity and a fast-action taper.

Ugly Stik 6’6″ Elite Spinning Rod

With its two-piece design, this rod offers excellent portability without sacrificing performance.

Cadence Spinning Rod, CR5-30

Crafted with 30-ton graphite, this rod delivers exceptional sensitivity and responsiveness. The lightweight design ensures fatigue-free fishing, allowing you to spend hours on the water.

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