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Best fishing rod & reel for backpacking, hiking and camping

When you go out in the nature hiking, backpacking or camping, usually you bring with you everything which will fit in your backpack. In most cases, the backpack can be very heavy because of all of the other things, like food & drink, which you will need to carry in order to ensure your proper sustenance.

So, a certain way in which you can lighten your load is to purchase an appropriate fishing rod for backpackers. That is why in this article I have given a number of options of best fishing rods for backpacking to choose from, which will keep you well-nourished on the trail.

Best fishing rod for backpacking overall

My pick for the best fishing rod for backpacking is Eagle Claw Trailmaster. That is because it has all the necessary features and attributes which one fishing rod for backpacking must have such as portability and lightweight and comes at a very reasonable price.

Best fishing rod for backpacking overall

Best fishing rod for backpacking for the money

My pick for the best fishing rod for the money for backpacking is Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit this fishing rod is just the perfect size for backpacking and you need not worry about them being snapped or snagged when you hike out in the forests. The price is also more than reasonable- under $50-60.
Best fishing rod for backpacking for the money

Best fishing rod for backpacking for kids or children

The Zebco Dock Demon is a great little fishing rod that would be good for kids going backpacking and it is quite cheap.
Best fishing rod for backpacking for kids or children

The best lightest fishing rod for backpacking

Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case is probably the lightest and the most compact fishing rod from all in this article. Its hard case is portable enough to fit in any backpack with an utmost ease. Its price is also reasonable –a little more than 40$.
The best lightweight fishing rod for backpacking

Best fishing rod for backpacking Comparison table

Model Rating Weight Length Material Price
Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spinning Combo and 6 Ball Bearing Spin (4 Piece)

 

4.9 stars(this my best pick) 3.4 pounds 6.6 feet Rubber, cork, aluminum, bronze acceptable
Redington Crosswater Classic Trout

 

4.6 stars 2.8 oz 8 feet Titanium oxide, rosewood expensive
Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit 4.8 stars(this is the second best product) 1.6 pounds 6 feet Composites, stainless steel, aluminum cheap
Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case 4.7(this is the third pick) 1.4 pounds 4.5 feet N/A cheap
St Croix Triumph Travel Spinning Rod

 

4.5 stars 1.4 pounds 6.6 feet graphite Too expensive
G.Loomis Escape Travel Ultralight Spinning Rod

 

4.4 stars 1.8 pounds 6.3 feet Cork, nickel-titanium Very expensive
Hardy Demon Smuggler Rod, 9ft, Medium Fast, 6 Pcs, Color: Metallic Green

 

4.1 stars 3.52 ounces N/A Titanium, aluminum Very expensive
 Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combos Set Portable Carbon Light Weight Travel Fish Outfit

 

4.6 stars 5.8 ounces 5.9 foot Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass reasonable
Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly Combo 4.3 stars 2.6 pounds 7 foot N/A expensive
Zebco Fishing Dock Demon Spincast Combo

 

4.6 stars 8.8 ounces N/A N/A Very cheap
Plusinno Collapsible Combo Kit 4.7 stars 2 pounds 2.1 m Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass cheap

 

Best fishing rod for backpacking to buy

In this section, I will review all the products which are described in the table above providing you with details for each of them. You can use this information as a guide which will help you to choose which the best fishing rod for backpacking for you is.

Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spinning Combo and 6 Ball Bearing Spin (4 Piece)

This is one of the most ultralight spinning rods which are suitable for backpacking. One of their typical features is that their set up takes a little more time than the traditional telescopic fishing rods. Nevertheless, that is not a problem for you unless you are fishing on the run. The construction of the pole is much better than the traditional telescopic ones. That is why as long as it is assembled properly it won’t come apart when casting.

Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spinning Combo review

The rod and reel combo comes packed with a durable travel case. When fully assembled it reaches a length of 6.6 foot. The rod has a cork grip, composite construction, and medium action. The reel is a 6 bearing one with an excellent drag system.

Pros Cons

 

ultralight Takes a little more time to assemble
Composite construction
Excellent drag system

Check its price here.

Redington Crosswater Classic Trout

This rod breaks into more than 5 sections and that is why you can place it inside your pack or strap it to the outside without the fear of it being decapitated by branches or rocks. The rod is a versatile enough to be used in various environmental conditions. When fully assembled it reaches 8 to 9 foot in length, so you will be able to cast in almost all spots and also to the other side of the river.

Redington Crosswater Classic Trout review

The rod is also a moderate action one and consists of six pieces. Its weight comes up to only 2.8 ounces and comes up with a light one ballistic case.

pros cons
lightweight Too expensive
versatile

Check its price here.

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit

This is a very popular travel kit with an affordable price of under 41 dollars. The kit consists of 5 –piece graphite composite rod with a cork grip. It can be extended to up to 6 feet. The rod is listed as action L with line capacity 100/6. The kit fits on a soft-sided carrying case which has enough room for the rod and reel as well as some tackle.

Okuma VS-605-20 Voyager Spinning Travel Kit review

The size of the rod is perfect for backpacking. It is able to fit perfectly in your backpack and you need not worry about it being snapped or snagged.

A certain disadvantage is that the set does not include a fishing line, so you will have to take it whenever you go to your favorite fishing hole.

pros cons
Composite rod The set does not include a fishing line
Spacious carrying case

 

Check its price here.

Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case

This portable fishing rod and reel set costs a little under 45 $ and comes with a molded plastic hard case. The hard case is very easy to fit in a backpack. The rod comes also with an ultralight MS-S500T reel with smooth, ball bearing drive, multi-disc drag, 5. 1-to-1 retrieve, GyroSpin® balancing, and Twist Buster® line twist reduction. In addition, there are two- to six-pound test lines and 0.0625-to-0.25 ounce lures.

Daiwa Mini System Minispin Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo in Hard Carry Case review

This fishing rod and reel set is sturdy, longlasting and ultralight one. That is why it is ideal for children as well. The rod is a very sensitive, so even the beginner fisherman can get a good feel for working with the fish.

One little problem although, was that I had problems fitting the rod back into the case.

pros cons
ultralight MS-S500T reel Difficult to fit back into the case
Sturdy and ultralight
multi-disc drag

Check its price here.

St Croix Triumph Travel Spinning Rod

This rod is very lightweight and collapses in four different pieces. It feels great in the hand. With its sensitive tip, you will be able to detect strikes from all sizes of fish even the biggest and heaviest ones. This is simply a stellar fishing rod which is able to outperform most of the traditional one or two piece rods.

St Croix Triumph Travel Spinning Rod review

The rod comes in very different sizes and power ratings. For best performance, I would recommend buying the 6’6 four-piece ML (Medium Light), model. When you pair it with a 500- or 1000-series ultralight spinning reel you will have the best fishing set-up for the mountains.

The producer rod offers a lifetime warranty, so if anything happens to it you can get it replaced by a new one.

Pros Cons
lightweight Too expensive
Collapsible in four different pieces
Lifetime warranty

Check its price here.

G.Loomis Escape Travel Ultralight Spinning Rod

If the amount of money spent is not an issue for you than this rod is just the right one for you. The design of the rod is an excellent work of beauty. For its making, the highest level of craftsmanship and quality control is implemented.

G.Loomis Escape Travel Ultralight Spinning Rod review

The rod is made of graphite blanks and is the perfect example of lightweight, sensitive, fast-action performance fishing.

Apart from all that the rod comes with a warranty. So if anything happens to it, you will get a new one from the producer.

Pros Cons

 

Beautiful design Too expensive
Lightweight and sensitive
Fast-action performance fishing

Check its price here.

Hardy Demon Smuggler Rod, 9ft, Medium Fast, 6 Pcs, Color: Metallic Green

This is probably one of the best fly fishing rods. Nevertheless, it is aimed also at the frequent travellers and backpackers, who crave for high performing rod with fantastic fit and finish. It is a 6 piece fly rod and comes in different sizes 8’ 4w, 9’ 5w, 9’6w, 9’ 8w, 9’6” 7w, and a 14’6” 10w. Its action is medium fast and the rod is made from aluminum.

Hardy Demon Smuggler Rod, 9ft, Medium Fast, 6 Pcs, Color: Metallic Green review

Pros Cons
Aluminum rod Only a rod
6 piece rod Too expensive
Medium to fast action

Check its price here.

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combos Set Portable Carbon Light Weight Travel Fish Outfit

This pole is made of carbon fibre and has a great feel. The rod weighs about 5.8 oz and when fully collapsed can reach a length of 16.9 inches.  The info on the model advised using 1 to 4 lbs of test weight. Nevertheless, I used 6 lbs and still had no problems.

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combos Set Portable Carbon Light Weight Travel Fish Outfit review

The grip of the is made from firm foam and rubber. The reel is all metal, the spool is aluminium one with a gear ratio of 5.2:1 suitable for both left and right hands. The reel seat is made of polished metal. The rod guides are also solid ones.

Pros Cons
Metal Reel Able to carry only a small test weight
Aluminum Spool
Spool suitable for both left and right hands

Check its price here.

Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly Combo

The Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly Combo includes two interchangeable butt sections with two reels. The first one is suitable for fly-fishing and the second one is suitable for spin fishing. The fly rod is a little longer than the spinning one. Its length is 7.5 foot.the set comes in a padded case.

Orvis Encounter Spin/Fly Combo review

Pros Cons
Two-sections rod Too expensive
Padded case

Check its price here.

Zebco Fishing Dock Demon Spincast Combo

This is one-piece 30-inch length fishing rod and reel combo which is packable and perfectly suited for tight spots in small mountain streams. Its short length makes it ideal for young anglers and kids as well. The reel is available in both baitcasting spinning modifications.

Zebco Fishing Dock Demon Spincast Combo review

Pros Cons
Portable and packable rod Suitable predominantly for novices and young anglers
Cheap price
Reel available both in spin casting and baitcasting modifications

Check its price here.

Plusinno Collapsible Combo Kit

This is a very strong and tough combo set. The rod and reel can handle up to 10lb of weight with an utmost ease. The carbo/fiberglass construction is not sensitive as one could expect. Nevertheless, it is able to handle a certain trophy. The rod is a lightweight one and can be strapped without any problems to the backpack.It can handle also heavier lures and lines.

Plusinno Collapsible Combo Kit review

The set is suitable also for saltwater fishing because it has anticorrosive properties. The reel spool and the guides are made of aluminum and the reel seats are crafted from stainless steel.

Pros Cons
Lightweight rod Rod not sensible enough
Rod capable of handling heavy loads

Check its price here.

 

Best fishing rod for backpacking-Buyer’s guide

When choosing the right backpack rod the most important thing you should remember is that every ounce matters. So, you should make sure that the rod is well-packable.

Number of parts

This is probably the most important issue to consider when buying a backpacking fishing rod. The more pieces the rod breaks into, the easier it will be for it to be packed and to travel with.

Most fishing rods consist of one or two pieces. One piece rods are pretty much out of the question because you won’t carry the rod in your hand all the round. Two pieces is a better option, but you will have to make sure that the two halves fit nicely in your pack and do not extend beyond the top of it.

Four pieces rods are the ideal choice for a backpacking rod. This type of rod provides the best combination of packability and function. Four pieced rods are not cheap ones and you will have to spend a little more money on it. Nevertheless, the ease of carrying it will make up for the money.

Another good option is to purchase a telescopic rod. That is because they take up the least amount of space and are ideal for packaging. If you are searching a rod which can be packed into the smallest possible size then the telescopic rods are the answer. If however, a four pieced rod can fit perfectly in your backpack I would not recommend buying a telescopic one. That is because telescopic rods are much heavier than the take-down ones.

Length

The biggest advantage of the longer fishing rod is its casting. Longer rods are capable of achieving more leverage and are able to cast a long distance. That could not be of great advantage since you will be fishing most probably in small creeks and pools. However, if you are fishing in alpine lakes the extra length could make the difference between reaching the fish and not reach it.

A rod a length between 6’6″ and  7’6 is the best one. It will break into manageable sections of not more than 2 feet long which can be easily packed and strapped to the sides of your backpack.

Spinning rod vs Casting rod

The perfect rod for backpacking must be a spinning one. The names ‘spinning’ and casting refer only to the type of reel you will be using the rod. A spinning fishing rod is an ideal choice because of the weight of the lures you will be using. For the purpose of backpacking fishing, lightweight lures are used such spinners and spoons. The lures will be able to cast much more freely and effectively with a spinning rod and reel.

There is a certain characteristic feature by which you can discern spinning rod from a casting one when buying it from a store. It is the so-called ‘eye’ which is located closest to the handle or the reel seat. Spinning rods have a relatively large first eye about 1” and in casting rods it is much smaller about 0.5”.

Fiberglass vs Graphite

Graphite rods are typically lighter and more sensitive ones compared with their fiberglass counterparts. Fiberglass rods are a bit tougher than the graphite ones but this shouldn’t matter very much.

Difference s in the cost of both types of rods is not considerable. Nowadays most of the travel fishing rods and general fishing rods are made from graphite. That is why my recommendation will be to buy graphite rod.

Conclusion

As you saw I have described many backpacking fishing rods in this article, so you will be able to choose just the right one for you. To sum up, the ideal fishing rod for backpacking must be made from graphite and should be a spincasting one. Its length should not be more than 7.6 foot and it must be collapsible into a minimum number of 4 parts. As the best fishing rod for backpacking, I recommend strongly Eagle Claw Trailmaster because of its ultra light construction and excellent drag system.



If you are a fishing beginner you may want to check my article about the best telescopic fishing rod & reel for beginners or my article about the best spinning rod and reel for beginners or my fishing rod buying guide. If you are a beginner you may find these articles very helpful.

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Best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo for beginners

Sometimes you need to plan an unexpected fishing trip, which requires a compact fishing rod and reel combo that can be easily transported but still can offer an excellent casting and great action. Telescopic fishing rods provide just the necessary features one fisherman should add to their fishing tackle.

For the production of fishing rods, the same materials are used such as the conventional ones –graphite, carbon fiber and sometimes fiberglass. A special characteristic feature of the telescopic fishing rods is that they are very compact and easy to carry, unlike the conventional ones which are cumbersome and lengthy in size making them difficult to transport.

In this article, I will try to give you information about around 10 and more telescopic fishing rods and will try to recommend you several of them which I think are the best for specific purposes.

 

Best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo for beginners overall

My choice for the best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo for beginners will be definitely Plusinno TM Spinning Carbon Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combo. It is not hard to see why it is the best choice for best telescopic rod and reel because the set comes with everything needed for the beginner to get started except the bait, on a comparatively reasonable price.

 

Best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo for the money

 

 

My pick for the second best product with the cheapest price will be the Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod (1 Piece). That is because it is a very quality product with plenty of useful features on a very cheap price of under 30 $.

 

The most lightweight telescopic fishing rod and reel combo

 

 

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod is probably the most lightweight fishing telescopic rod and reel combo from all eleven featured in this article. It weighs only 150 grams. That feature without a doubt makes it ideal for every kind of fishing trip. Apart from that, it is made from high-quality materials such as carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass which gives it maximum strength and durability.

What are the best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo to buy

 

In this section, I will try to review all 11 products from the table giving you all the necessary information to buy one if you wish.

 

 

Best telescopic fishing rod and reels combo for beginners Comparison table

 

 

Model Rating Weight Length Material Price
PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combo Sea Saltwater Freshwater Kit Fishing Rod Kit

 

5 stars

 

(this is the best product)

1.6 pounds 1.8 m Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass Not very high
Shakespeare Travel Mate

 

4.5 stars 1.8 pounds 6.6 feet N/A reasonable
Runcl-Telescopic-Spinning-Freshwater-Saltwater 4.7 stars 3.42 pounds N/A Carbon fiber aluminum reasonable
Goture-Sword-Spinning-Fishing-Combo 4.4 stars 0.4 kg 6 feet and 10 inches Carbon fiber, graphite, aluminum Not expensive
PLUSINNO-Telescopic-Spinning 4.7 stars 0.149 kg 1.8 m Carbon fiber,  mixed with fiberglass, stainless steel seats reasonable
Sougayilang-Telescopic-Accessories-Saltwater-Freshwater 4.6 stars 5.2 oz 1.8 m Graphite, aluminum, stainless steel Not expensive
Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod (1 Piece)

 

4.9 stars

(this is the runner-up)

11.2 ounces 5 feet and 6 inches Fiberglass, aluminum Really cheap
Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod

 

4.6 stars

 

5.29 oz

 

 

5.91 feet

 

 

Carbon fiber, fiberglass, aluminum

 

 

reasonable

 

 

Supertrip Telescopic Fishing Rod

 

4.7 stars 7.9 feet 2.4 m Carbon fiber, fiberglass Not expensive
Sougayilang Spinning Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Portable Telescopic Fishing Pole Spinning reels for Travel Saltwater Freshwater Fishing

 

4.7 stars(this is the third pick) 14.1 ounces 5.84 feet Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass, stainless steel Not expensive
Lixada Telescopic Rod and Reel 4.6 stars 1.8 m 146 grams Carbon fiber, graphite cheap

 

 

people fishing on peir lake, estuary or saltwater ocean

PLUSINNO Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combo Sea Saltwater Freshwater Kit Fishing Rod Kit

 

 

This is my pick for the best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo. It comes with all the needed stuff for beginners. Its aluminum reel comes pre-spooled, so the only thing you need to do is to put bait on the hook and start fishing. The telescopic rod consists of a mixture of carbon fiber and fiberglass which make it durable and lightweight. The stainless steel reel seat has also anticorrosive properties.

 

The set is a portable one, so it can be easily folded for a convenient storage. Its gear ratio of 5.2:1 ensures smooth and reliable performance from the reel. It is able to sustain multiple kinds of lines, so you can catch with almost anything.

 

Pros Cons
Pre-spooled aluminium reel The set has no flex
Sturdy and lightweight telescopic rod
Portable rod
Gear ration of 5.2:1 with which you can catch almost anything

 

Check the price here.

 

Shakespeare Travel Mate

If you are looking for a telescopic fishing rod and reel combo which are suitable for travelling, then this set might be just the thing you need. The rod and reel are designed for medium action, so you will be able to make accurate casts. Both the rod and reel have anti-corrosive properties so you can use Shakespeare Travel Mate for saltwater fishing. The 6.6 feet long rod can be collapsed so that it could fit in the carrying case. The case includes 6 sections designed to hold your tackle. The spinning reel comes pre-spooled in a set of 6 pound test line so that you will be able to begin fishing as soon as you reach water.

 

Pros Cons
Anticorrosive properties Sold out on Amazon
Collapsible rod
Pre-spooled reel

 

Check its price here.

Runcl-Telescopic-Spinning-Freshwater-Saltwater

 

This rod possesses very valuable qualities such as portability, lightness, and versatility. It can be used on both fresh and saltwater water basins and rivers. The shaft is constructed out of high-quality carbon fiber making it strong and durable. The fishing line is made of extra tough and abrasive free nylon which is almost invisible to the fish due to its color. The guide rings are crafted from ceramics which protect the line from friction and wear. The handle is collapsible giving a better hand grip, and the rod is very light. It is not EVA made although.

 

Pros Cons
Can be used both in freshwater or saltwater Handle not EVA made
Light and portable
Collapsible handle
Strong and durable

 

Goture-Sword-Spinning-Fishing-Combo

 

The rod is a first-class ultra-light one. It is compact, portable and super lightweight and is able to perform heavy-duty fishing with its double- anodized forged aluminium spool. The rod is also able to lift up to 20 lbs of weight. The construction is a combination of high-density 24-ton carbon and E-Glass composite. These materials make it very durable.

One of its best features is that it is equipped with a collapsible handle which gives your hand more casting space. The ceramic guide rings are also responsible for the reduced amount of friction and the smoother casting and retrieval of the line.

 

All in all this set is a durable one which is suitable for both fresh and saltwater fishing.

 

Pros Cons
Ceramic guide rings Less flexibility
Collapsible handle
Anodized forged spool
ultralight
Suitable for fresh and saltwater fishing

 

Check its price here.

PLUSINNO-Telescopic-Spinning

 

This model is the best whenever it comes to durability, strength, craftsmanship and quality design. If you love saltwater fishing then this stick is just what you are looking for. It has a light and portable construction which is also corrosion free. The product is available in various lengths from 1.8 meters to 2.8 meters. It can be retracted making it easy to carry and travel. The rod is portable, so it will not consume a lot of space thanks to its compact design.

 

Its construction is corrosion resistant. It requires only a wash of soap to keep it in proper shape. The EVA made a handle is suitable for both left and right arm, so it doesn’t matter what your dominant casting arm is. The adjustable metal screw reel makes it possible for you to adjust it so, depending on your preferences and comfort.

 

Pros Cons
Compact and portable Not suitable for larger and heavier fish
Anti-corrosion design
Handle from EVA
Easy cleaning and storage
High flexibility and durability

 

Check its price here.

Sougayilang-Telescopic-Accessories-Saltwater-Freshwater

This rod is great for collectors and enthusiasts. The rod is a compact one; its length is only 17 inches when closed and comes up with 5 varieties ranging from 1.8 to 3.6 meters. The shaft is strong and durable as it is made from high-quality carbon fiber. It can withstand up to 9-10 lbs of fish. Its 13+1 ball bearing provides smoothness during retrieval. The reel seat can be adjusted for greater comfort.

 

Pros Cons
Excellent quality and design Stiff when shifting from casting to reeling
Have silicone guard for the tiptop and guide rings A little bit pricey
Can handle heavier lure
Adjustable reel seat

 

Check price here.

 

Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod (1 Piece)

This is a very simple rod. It is probably one of the best collapsible fishing rods.

It is retractable and is made of fiberglass. Its fishing length comes up to 5 feet and 6 inches.

The reel is spinning one and is very simple. It is ideal for kids who are new to this kind of sport.

 

Pros Cons
Fiberglass made Very simple one, not suitable for professionals
retractable

 

Check its price here.

 

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod

The Sougayilang portable telescopic fishing rod comes in various sizes ranging from 5.91 feet and 10.83 feet. The medium action rod is made from durable carbon fiber.

It features a metal reel seat piano porcelain guide rings and an extended foam handle. The rod is strong and flexible with adjustable cast control.

The spinning reels are flexible and can be used from both right and left-handed people. It has a gear ratio of 5.2:1.

pros cons
Reels suitable for both left and right hand A little pricey
Metal reel seat
Strong and flexible rod

 

Check its price here.

 

Supertrip Telescopic Fishing Rod

Weighing about 300 grams this fishing pole is absolutely lightweight and easy to handle. The rod is very sturdy because it’s made of carbon fiber and alloy. It’s real plus it is able to tackle some huge fish. The steel rack bar transmission structure ensures its smooth work. The durability of its gear is twice as higher than that of the industry standard. The rod has a portable close length design which makes it convenient to carry around.

The reel is also of very high quality. Its parameters are the following: Max Drag 19.84LB/9KG | Gear Ratio 5.5:1. The only disadvantage is that the assembly of the rod is a bit loose, so you will have to retighten it periodically in order to prevent the threads from getting loose again.

 

Pros Cons
Lightweight and easy to handle Loose rod
High-quality reel

 

Check its price here.

 

Sougayilang Spinning Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Portable Telescopic Fishing Pole Spinning reels for Travel Saltwater Freshwater Fishing

This rod is a high-quality one and can be used for surf-casting. Apart from that, it is crafted from high-density carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass which makes it durable and strong. The rod has a nice balance and is pretty sturdy. It is also equipped with non-slip grips. Also, the pole is able to collapse and extend smoothly. The reel is crafted from high-quality metal and ABS composite plastic. It has also a gear ratio of 5:2:1 and 13+1 ball bearing design.

 

The only disadvantage is that the rod joints tend to come loose after a certain period of usage.

 

pros cons
Can be used for surf-casting Joints can become loose
Crafted from high-density carbon fiber
Non-slip grips
Reel  crafted from high-quality metal

 

Check its price here.

 

Lixada Telescopic Rod and Reel

This is a great set for every beginner. The nice carbon fiber detachable rod is easy to carry and durable.

The spinning reel is just fine for beginners who are learning the craft of fishing.

The set, when fully packed takes a little space. It comes with a carry case which is although not a nice one. The set is also outrageously cheap, you can buy it for a little more than 30$!

 

 

Pros Cons
Easy to carry detachable rod Not a nice one carrying case
durable
Cheap price

 

Check its price here.

 

 

Telescoping Fishing Rod Buyer’s Guide

happy boy beginner fishing with rod and reel

When it comes to fishing every fisherman tries to find the fishing rod which is best suitable for him or her. A proper telescopic fishing rod is just the thing you need if you are an angler which is keen on travelling to different fishing spots. Nevertheless, before buying one you should consider the following criteria:

 

Weight

 

Usually, most of the telescopic rods are lightweight. This means that a heavy one which is too bulky would not be suitable for you. While some may think that a heavy fishing rod may be necessary to cope with most of the fishes, my opinion is slightly different. The lightweight ones can also be resilient, sturdy and capable of withstanding a heavy load. It is all about the performance and capacity of the fishing gear.

 

Durability

 

Telescopic fishing rods are made from the same materials such as the conventional ones-graphite, carbon and sometimes fibreglass or even composites. However, if you are planning to fish both on salt and freshwater it is better to purchase a product which constructed out of aluminium alloy or stainless steel. These materials are tougher and will guarantee that your rod will not rust over time. They also provide more sleek and professional feel to the overall design of the rod making it attractive to the eye.

 

Budget

 

There are very different prizes on the market. For a casual angler, a reasonably priced rod will suffice to enjoy your fishing excursions. The important thing you should remember here is to try not to buy fishing rods which price is below average. That is because they do not usually last long and after some time you will need to buy another rod.

 

Convenience

 

Telescopic fishing rods are extremely popular amongst those people who wish to travel a lot because they are collapsible. This feature will allow you to fit the rod into any bag, and by this way, there will be more free space available for your other fishing gear.

 

Other elements

 

Most manufacturing brands offer other elements except the fishing rod such as lines spools or even cases. Despite all that this does not mean that they have to be up to standard and functional. There are cases for example when the telescopic rod is great but the performance of the spool is below average. This may decrease the amount of fish you catch because not everything will work in sync.

That is why it is advisable for you to check just how good all those extra elements are.

 

If you are a fishing beginner you may want to check my article about the best spinning rod and reel for beginners, my article about the best fishing rod and reel for backpacking, hiking and camping or my fishing rod buying guide. If you are a beginner you may find these articles very helpful.

 

Conclusion:

 

As you can see from the following article there are many aspects and features of the telescopic fishing rod one should consider before actually buying one. That is why making the right decision can be a daunting task. Your choice will depend in most cases from that whether you are a beginner fisherman or an experienced one. For a professional angler, the Plusinno TM Spinning Carbon Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel Combo will be an excellent holiday gift, while for a novice one the Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod (1 Piece) will be a pretty decent option.

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Best fishing pole/rod and reel for toddlers and pre-teens

Teaching your son or daughter how to fish can be a truly rewarding experience for us parents. The fun and excitement given by this amazing pastime are what makes it an important part of anyone’s life.

 

Diving into the adventure of teaching your child how to fish can be daunting. The amount of information you can find on a quick internet search is at times intimidating.

 

You have to always remember that at its heart fishing is a fun activity to enjoy with your family, a child who has the most fun fishing will continue to do so until adulthood and probably teach their children how to fish as well.

 

Using the right fishing rod or pole is gonna be important for you and your child or the experience will finish before it starts.

 

Difference between a fishing rod and pole

The most important tool to have while fishing is obviously your fishing rod/pole. Fishermen tend to use both words interchangeably when describing their gear, but they are not the same if you dig deeper into their definitions you’ll see the contrast between one another.

 

  • Fishing Pole: you have a fixed amount of line tied up at the end of a long stick. Poles are made of bamboo, cane or even a stick found in the woods.
  • Fishing Rod: They are the most common, used by both weekenders and professional fishermen alike, basically you have your long rod with small metal loops which the line passes through and the reel attached to the bottom.  

 

Knowing this difference will help you when determining which method to use when you’re teaching your child how to fish.

 

Here a few Fishing Rods/Poles that I recommend you use to start making unforgettable memories with your children.

 

B’n’M TL-Series Rigged Bamboo Pole

It comes with everything you need, line, hook, and float. Its a basic cane pole made of a natural material like bamboo, it has a total length of 12ft and it breaks into three pieces for an easy pack and store.

 

This is what I like about it, the simplicity makes it really appealing. Its 12ft long is enough to reach those hard to get places. Can be used by both you and your children, if it is to heavy for your child, remember that it breaks into three pieces, remove one and that’s it. The product comes ready for fishing with everything you need, from the store shelf to your favorite fishing hole.

 

What I don’t like about it is that cane used to build the pole looks fragile I have concerns about its longevity and durability, it can crack easily if it falls onto rocks or accidentally closing the car door at it.

You can buy it here.

 

Zebco Fishing Dock Demon Spinning Combo   

This is a 30inch fiberglass rod with a reel attached. It has a foam handle for a comfortable, nonslip grip. The 3 eyes (Metal loops, don’t forget) guides the line allowing for short casting distances.

 

What I like about this one is the materials use for its construction, resembling those of professional rods, they are not as stiff as other beginners rods out there, the fiberglass material will let your kids learn how to play a fish an important lesson to learn in the long run, when they are older and using larger gear.

 

The open reel is another plus for this one since most kids rod uses a push button reel. Open reels tend to tangle less frequently than their push-button counterparts. Also, you’ll be teaching your child with the same technology you are using.

 

Another great thing about teaching your kid how to use an open face reel is to show them how far they can throw the lure and how much play they can have with a fish.

 

What I really don’t like about it is that it may be a little too flexible, young children may have a hard time handling it and setting the hook on a fish’s mouth. Also, this one doesn’t come with a tackle, so you’ll have to have to compile your own tackle box.

You can buy it here.

 

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 – Spinning Fishing Reel and Rod Combo

Ugly Stik is a classic brand of fishing equipment, their hybrid fiberglass/graphite rods that are virtually indestructible its what makes them known for. This is my favorite and the one I use.

 

With a length of six feet, this rod is perfect for your children. You can use it to catch Trout, Bass, and Panfish. And the Shakespeare reel completes the combo.

 

What I like about it is that this rod can handle anything from camping and fishing on a lake to fishing trouts on a river. The lures can be cast at great distances, and large fish can be safely brought to shore.

 

What I don’t like about it is that the foam handle at the bottom is a lot bulkier than it needs to be. The reel mount is made of very thin plastic so applying excessive force while screwing the reel into place can easily break it. I love they make great Rods, but they should invest a little more on the part that holds the reel.

You can buy it here.

 

 

Shakespeare Disney Fishing Rod

 

This is the perfect one for beginners, your kids will love this one, is shorter than most, comes with a push-button reel, making it very user-friendly.

 

Comes with a weighted plastic fish to help you teach your children how to cast, perfect for toddlers.

 

What I like about this one is how short it is, perfect for tiny hands. The plastic constructions make it very hard to break meaning is durable. It’s DISNEY! So young girls may be attracted to the sport.

 

What I don’t like about it is that the push button looks cheaply constructed.

You can buy it here.

 

Taking your child fishing can be an overwhelming experience but with the right equipment and a basic understanding of how Pole/Rods work,

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Fishing Reel and Rod combo buying guide

If you are wondering what are the main features you should consider when buying yourself a rod and reel combo you are not the only one. In fact, there are several factors which should be taken into account before purchasing these products. Here are some of them:

Action

This term is used to describe the point at which the rod begins to bend when pressure is applied to its end. Taking into account this term we can discern two main types of rods: fast action and slow action rods. A fast action is prone to bending more near its tip, while a rod with slow action will begin to bend more towards its handle.

A fast action rod is also more sensitive and requires less pulling to set the hook. This makes it ideal for single-hook types of lure because you will want to set the hook quickly. Slow-actioned rods, on the other hand, are better suited to long casting. A slow action rod works by definition best with treble hooks, because they don’t hook deeply into larger single hooks. As a result of this, a slow action rod will ensure that you do not set the hook too quickly, so you will be able to pull it more easily from the fish’s mouth later.

Power

Power is the main factor which gives the rod its lifting strength. Various power ratings exist, which are usually described as heavy, medium, light or anything in between. One important aspect one should be aware of is that the power of the rod must be compatible with the weight of the line. For example, a heavy-powered rod can break a light line, while a heavy line can damage the light powered rod.

That is why when choosing the best combo for you should keep in mind how much power you will need for the specific type of fishing you will practice.

Responsiveness

Responsiveness describes how fast a rod can release its energy and then snap back into place. Responsiveness depends mainly on the material of which the rod is made, as well as its weight. Some rods consist of layers of multiple materials, so their responsiveness can be misleading if you judge only by the outer layer. In principle, lighter rods are much more responsive, especially at the tip. Finding a rod with good responsiveness is a must because it will allow you to achieve further and more accurate casts with less energy expenditure.

Guides

The materials and the quality of the guides determine the durability of your rod and its ability to withstand corrosion. The best guides are made of silicon carbide putting very little resistance due to friction. This allows you to throw further and retrieve quicker. These guides will also prevent your line from overheating but are also more susceptible to breaking.

Titanium guides are also a decent choice because they are more resilient than stainless steel and less likely to break, ensuring the resistance to corrosion in saltwater. A rule of thumb is that the more guides a rod has the better its performance will be, distributing the pressure more evenly across the pole. This, however, will result in increased cost of the rod, so you should be very careful in deciding which your priorities are.

Ball bearings

The number of ball bearings determines the smoothness of the reel-ins of the rod. In order to be sure that the bearings will remain durable over time it is best to purchase a reel with sealed stainless steel balls. A fishing reel with a good quality will usually have at least two ball bearings. Their number of the most well-known models could come with four to six, while some deluxe models have even as many as twelve.

Gear ratios

The gear ratio determines the speed and the power of the reel. Lower gears provide more power, while higher gears ensure an increased amount of speed. The gear ratio in most fishing reels varies from 2:1(the internal gears make two revolutions for every one revolution of the head crank) up to 6:1. The gear ration can be used as an indication of the kind of fishing you are most likely to do with your reel. For example, if you are planning to draw your line more rapidly than a higher gear ratio will be suitable for you. On the other hand, if you want a reel which can draw with a lot of power then you should choose a lower gear. Some reel models include multiple gears so that you can easily and swiftly switch between them.

Drag system

Drag is the resistance which the reel requires to pull the line away from the spool. Sustaining an optimal drag amount is crucial because if the line is too rigid without enough slack, some big fish can break it by giving a decent amount of resistance. If a reel has a low-quality drag system the line may become jerky an in effect can easily break.

There are two main types of drag systems: star drags and level drags. A star drag system consists of a star-shaped knob placed near the handle with the help of which the resistance can be increased or decreased. Lever drag systems involve manipulating a bar or a button. Lever drag systems are capable of achieving a greater amount of accuracy when casting and have a smoother release. Their biggest disadvantage, however, is that they cost much more than the star ones.

Are you a fishing beginner? You may want to read my review of the best spinning rod and reel combos for beginners. I hope that it helps.

 

If you are a fishing beginner you may want to check my article about the best telescopic rod and reel for beginners, or best spinning rod and reel for beginners, my article about the best fishing rod and reel for backpacking, hiking and camping or my fishing rod buying guide. If you are a beginner you may find these articles very helpful.

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Best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners

Do you want to start sport fishing? Do you want the satisfaction of a going fishing in the great outdoors?

If yes, then you should consider buying yourself a proper fishing rod that suits your needs. The aim of this review article is to recommend for you the best choice for a fishing rod and reel combo for beginners.

I also give you information about other similar products which are not the best quality but nevertheless are worth buying. Ok, let’s get started!

 

Best overall spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners

My top pick for best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners is definitely PLUSINNO Fishing Spin Spinning Rod and Reel Combo. If you plan a trip to catch a saltwater fish or spend a day on a shore of a lake or river then this fishing rod is a great match for you. Its versatile design is ideal for fishing in salt and in freshwater. The rod and the spinning wheel combo are sturdy enough to catch a heavier fish. At the same time, it is lightweight and well balanced which makes it easy to control it.

You can check its price on Amazon here.

 

Best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners with durable reel

 

If you are not satisfied with my ‘best overall pick’ recommendation and your prefer durability more than overall quality than the Sougayilang Fishing Rod Reel Combo Kit will be a great option for you. The body of the rod is made of carbon fiber, featuring stainless steel guides and ceramic inserts. The metal from which it’s made has anti-corrosive properties which make it ideal for saltwater fishing. The reel is lightweight and durable and includes 11 ball bearings with a gear ratio of 6, 3:1. As a result of this, you will feel less friction to take out a fish from the water and the reeling process will be nice and smooth. A certain disadvantage of this model is its high gear ratio which will make the task of taking out a large fish from the water more challenging.

Check its price here.

 

Best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners for the money

 

If you are novice fisherman and you are unwilling to give a lot of money for fishing equipment than KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels Spinning Fishing Reel 9 +1 BB Light Weight Ultra Smooth Powerful and Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod will be the best options for you. The Kast king combo kit combines best selling spinning reel with a great rod. The rod is very light and is able to provide a powerful throw.

Almost all low-quality fishing reels corrode over the course time. Nevertheless, that is not the case with KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels Spinning Fishing Reel 9 +1 BB Light Weight Ultra Smooth Powerful. That is because its reel includes 9+1 corrosion resistant smooth ball bearing which prevents the rust from setting in.

 

Best spinner fishing rods and reels combo for beginners Comparison table

Model Rating Weight Length Material Price
PLUSINNO Fishing Spin Spinning Rod and Reel Combo 5 stars(This is our best pick) 1.7 pounds 1.8m Carbon Fiber mixed with Fiberglass reasonable
Sougayilang Portable Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Travel Spinning Fishing Pole Kits 4.9 stars(this our second good option) 399 grams 1.8m carbon fiber Relatively cheap
KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels Spinning Fishing Reel 9 +1 BB Light Weight Ultra Smooth Powerful and Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 4.8 stars 251.5 grams+ 5.6 ounces 6 feet Graphite  ,Stainless steel and aluminum medium
Mitchell 300 Combo 4.2 stars N/A 6.6 feet Graphite and aluminum expensive
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod Combo 4.7 stars 15.5 ounces 6 feet graphite and fiberglass reasonable
Penn Pursuit II 6000-2 Piece Spinning Combo 4.7 stars 2 pounds 8 feet graphite composite and stainless steel Not expensive
Zebco Ready Tackle Spincast Fishing Rod and Reel Combo 4.5 stars 1.4 pounds 5 feet and 6 inches N/A cheap
Pflueger President 4.8 stars 2.5 pounds 6.6 feet Aluminum and stainless steel expensive
Penn Battle II 4.3 stars 16 ounces 6.6 feet steel expensive
Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel 4.6 stars 1.8 pounds 1.8 m Carbon, metal cheap
Shimano Saguaro and Penn Battle II Spinning Reel 4.5 stars 16 ounces 6.6 feet Aluminum, graphite, stainless steel expensive

 

Best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for kids that is under 30 dollars (or in that range)

As the best spinner fishing rod and reel combo for kids, I would recommend Zebco Ready Tackle Spincast Fishing Rod and Reel Combo. That is because the spin casting reels are very easy to operate (they are practically fool-proof). It is also a good option for the infrequent angler who does not spend a lot of time fishing.

 

The Zebco Ready Tackle Spincast Fishing Rod and Reel Combo are maybe one of the cheapest options listed in this review. Which is why it may be a great choice for children.

 

Best lightweight spinning fishing rod and reel

Our second pick is KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels Spinning Fishing Reel 9 +1 BB Light Weight Ultra Smooth Powerful and Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod. This kit is suitable for professional anglers and is quite cheap. Its rod is also incredibly light and is able to provide a powerful throw.

The best telescopic fishing rod and reel combo for beginners

In this article, we described many spinning fishing rods and reel combos for beginners. Some of them are also telescopic ones. One of them I should definitely recommend is Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel. With its eleven ball bearings and reasonable price, it is a good choice for every beginner fisherman. A telescopic fishing rod is great when you are travelling as it is compact and this reduces the space required and also reduces the chance that the rod will get damaged.

 

Other great spinner fishing rod and reel combo options

In this section, I will try to give you more detailed information about different products brands. By presenting their advantages and disadvantages, we will try to guide when taking the decision which product to buy.

PLUSINNO Fishing Spin Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

 

Plusinno has created this combo fishing rod, especially for the novice fisherman. The material from which Plusinno is made of is a combination of carbon fiber and fiberglass which gives him a certain amount of elasticity. It is also designed to be durable and resistant to corrosion and seawater. The rod is a portable one.  It can be left in a car or in a carrying case. The reel which is included in the kit operates also very smooth. The seats of the reel are made of stainless steel which adds a certain degree of durability to the product.

For information about the price please visit this link.

 

Pros Cons
Perfect for freshwater and saltwater fishing alike The pack does not include fishing rod holder or line
Stainless steel reel seats
Sturdy and durable
Lightweight and balanced construction ensuring smooth performance

 

Sougayilang Portable Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Travel Spinning Fishing Pole Kits

Most part of the rod of this kit is made of high-quality carbon fiber. Because of that, it boasts considerable strength and durability, while maintaining a good deal of flexibility. The size of the rod is relatively small which makes it ideal for catching some smaller fish. Nevertheless, it may not be suitable for catching larger fish. It works well both in salt and freshwater water environments. The reel is small and lightweight and is also equipped with eleven ball bearings making the reel smooth to use.

 

Overall the Sougayilong reel and rod combo is a quality product at an affordable price.

 

Pros Cons
Made from high-quality materials Not suitable for bigger fish
Compact and lightweight
Suitable for fresh and saltwater fishing
Really cheap

 

KastKing Summer and Centron Spinning Reels Spinning Fishing Reel 9 +1 BB Light Weight Ultra Smooth Powerful and Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod

Kasting is better-known brand than many others described in this review. The Kast king combo kit features a combination of great spinning reel and renowned  ‘Ugly Stik’ brand rod. The reel has 9 +1 corrosion resistant smooth ball bearing which prevents the rust from setting in.

Some other additional features of the fishing rod include:

  • Cork handles offering a smooth and firm handhold for hours
  • Clear tip which responds to every nibble and strikes an which can be used with almost all types of lines
  • One-piece stainless steel Ugly Tuff guides which eliminate insert pop-outs for ease of use
  • The stick is made from graphite

The fishing rod is retractable and can be stored in a suitcase. The high quality reel also provides smoothness when swinging the fishing rod downstream.

If you want to check the price of this product please visit this link and this link.

 

Pros Cons
Low price Suitable only for beginners
Stainless steel rod

 

Mitchell 300 Pro Spinning Combo Rod and Reel

The Mitchell 300 Pro Spinning Rod and Reel features a superior balance and versatility for fresh water fishing. The rod is made from graphite which gives the necessary strength and power. Its guides are crafted from durable stainless steel. The rod has an adjustable drag feature giving it the ability to adjust 14 up to pounds. The rod’s EVA handle provides greater comfort for many hours of fishing. The spinning reel is able to provide smooth and accurate casting. It is equipped with 10 bearings with a gear ratio of 5.8:1.the reel has an anti-reverse feature, which ensures smooth operation and better control over the line. The Bail Halo technology gives the rod and reel combo superior strength over all other rods and reels combos in its class.

You can check the price here.

Pros Cons
Sturdy rod made from graphite Harder to store
Anti reverse feature of the reel
Bail Halo technology
EVA handle

 

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod Combo

 

Shakespeare ugly stick is a very famous brand. It has been around since 1976. It is made from a combination of two materials- fiberglass and graphite. The Ugly Stik GX 2 is a very sensitive rod with enough strength and balanced feel. The guides of the GX2 are made from stainless steel which increases their durability and fights corrosion.

Nevertheless, the Ugly Stik GX2 is very heavy one and you can become very tired when holding it all the day. The reel has only one ball bearing and can cause you some frustrations. In spite of this, the reel boasts a good balance of speed and power. One certain advantage of the reel is that it includes a magnetic cast control with adjustable setting. That will give you the possibility to maintain a decent control over your casting.

If you want to check the price please follow this link.

 

pros cons
Good balance of speed and power Too heavy
Stainless steel guides Reel with only one bearing
Magnetic cast control with adjustable settings

 

Penn Pursuit II 6000-2 Piece Spinning Combo

The Penn brand makes some of the best products for anglers on the market. A set like this one can be a great way to jump into the game headfirst. The set is also more suitable for bigger fish since the rod is medium-heavy in action. Nevertheless, it will fit your hand with the amazing amount of comfort. The rod is a little too heavy for a freshwater fish, but if you planning to begin marine fishing as a novice this rod and reel combination would just fine for you.

The reel is really cheap one. Nevertheless, it boasts high capacity and an impressive amount of drag for its size. Check price here.

 

pros cons
Comfortable to hold Too heavy
Cheap price
Impressive amount of drag

 

Zebco Ready Tackle Spincast Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

Zebco is a company which specializes in the production of quality spin casting reels. These types of reels are suitable for the beginners’ and anglers which do not fish very much. The reel is cheap and durable, so it is able to do everything which should be done, putting it one step ahead of similar reels. This one is lightweight and because of that, it can’t be used for fishing monster sized fish.

The set is suitable especially for the beginning angler or a child which wants to learn the basics of angling. With a super cheap price, this set is ideal for those anglers who do not spend a lot of time on the water but still want to achieve some level of performance. Click here for the price.

 

Pros Cons
Cheap price Lightweight(cannot be used for fishing larger fish)
Durable reel Suitable mainly for novice anglers

 

Pflueger President

The spinning reels of Pflueger are a favorite amongst many anglers, as well as the rod which is lightweight, sturdy and flexible. The rod is well balanced and capable of achieving smooth and accurate casts. The rod consists of two pieces which can be easily dismantled for convenient storage. The rod also feels very comfortable in the hands of the angler because of the padded grip, which prevents the hands from slipping when you have caught a bigger fish. This is a good choice for a beginner angler. Check price here.

 

pros cons
Lightweight, flexible rod easy to grasp and handle Not ideal to use in salt or brackish water
Smooth and reliable performance of the spinning reel No line provided in the package
Cheap price

 

Penn Battle II

This model is ideal for those wanting to go inshore fishing.  The rod has great responsiveness which makes it suitable for casting from the shore. Many fishermen, however, will notice that the rod has less than the desired durability and can become even damaged when battling with some larger fish. Taking into account that fact, you should prefer to fish on freshwater or small saltwater inlets with this rod. The washers of the reel are greased with specially patented grease, to better fight corrosion and increase longevity.  Drag washers are also incorporated into the spool. Check the price here

 

pros cons
Great responsiveness Not sufficient durability of the rod
Drag washers incorporated into the spool Too expensive

 

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod with Reel

This fishing rod is made from predominantly high-quality materials. Most of it (around 99%) consists of carbon fiber. Thanks to that its strength and durability are on a decent level. It also sustains a great deal of flexibility. The short size of the rod makes it appropriate for catching some smaller fish. However, it is not suitable for hauling a larger one. The rod is designed to work well on both salt and freshwater. Its telescopic design and lightweight materials make it ideal for storage and traveling. The reel has a gear ratio of 5, 2:1 and is equipped with 11 ball bearings giving it smooth cast and reel-in.

Check the price here.

 

pros cons
Works well both on fresh and saltwater Not suitable for larger fish
Strong and durable rod
Compact design

 

Shimano Saguaro and Penn Battle II Spinning Reel

This rod is as versatile as the Ugly Stik GX2. Nevertheless, its guides are not as durable as those of the Ugly Stik GX2. The rod is a bit clunky and cumbersome especially when you use lightweight artificial lures. Its design is ideal for casting lures, but it offers less play or ’ give’  which can act as a hindrance for other applications like setting the hook while bottom fishing with bait and a heavy sinker. Shimano Saguaro is made from graphite composite. The graphite is more brittle and is not likely to survive an accidental drop or a misplaced foot.

That is why if you fish with care and without children, this rod can be an excellent option for medium-weight jigging and topwater fishing.

 

Penn Battle II reel is a high-quality one. Its drag is amazingly strong. You can be sure that if you use it for many years it will still perform flawlessly because of its seal drag mechanism.  Pen battle II is also the industry favorite of both Salt Water Sportsman and Sports Fishing Magazine.

 

Check the price here and here.

 

pros cons
Ideal for medium-weight jigging and topwater fishing Brittle construction
Clunky and cumbersome rod
Sealed drag mechanism of the reel Not durable guides

 

Spinner fishing rod and reel combo buyer’s guide

 

open face spinning reel
An example of an open face spinning reel
closed faced spinner reel
An example of a closed face reel

Spin fishing is a kind of fishing which is used in both salt and freshwater environments. It can be with either an open-faced reel and closed faced reel. The closed-faced reels are primarily used for float fishing work on rivers. They are extremely useful when fishing on windy days on rivers and lakes or when trying to trot a stick float. The open-faced reels have a stationary spool for line storage. One big advantage of this stationary spool is that the line stops uncoiling once the cast is completed. This makes ideal for beginners allowing them to master the work with the reel very quickly.

 

Spinning rods described

 

If you want to buy the best spinning rod and reel combo, you should consider the following information. Spinning rods fit into several categories which vary from ultra-light to ultra-heavy. The way the unit performs when catching a fish is often described as power. Ultra-light models, for example, can achieve great results with species which do not weigh over 2 pounds, while the heavy rod is more suitable for fishing river monsters such as catfish and so on. Compared to specialty rods and handcrafted models, freshwater spinning rods are much more affordable. When buying a new one you should take into account the shaft, the guides, the reel seat and the reel handle.

If you want to buy yourself the best spinning combo you should be aware exactly what type of fish you are targeting and the type of water you will be fishing in.

 

Spinning reels described

 

Spinning reels are made of the following components: body, spool, bail, handle, gears and drag. The body consists of the support arm, mounting foot, and gearbox housing. One of the most important details you should take into account when buying the right spinning reel is the number of its bearings. Here the rule is the more bearings the better. Too few bearings can be the main cause of a jerky reel.

 

The handle of the spinning reel should be as much as usable. Without a doubt, it should be also comfortable and sturdy. At this stage, it is important to look for an anti-reverse handle because this is the only type which allows solid hook sinking.

Similar to the rods spinning reels can be classified depending on the fish species they are designed to catch. The most common types can range from ultra-light to heavy. For instance, one lightweight to medium standard size reel can be very suitable for larger fish such as deep channel catfish or largemouth bass.

If you are a fishing beginner you may want to check my article about the best spinning rod and reel for beginners, the best fishing rod for backpacking or my fishing rod buying guide. If you are a beginner you may find these articles very helpful.

 

Our pick for best overall spinner fishing rod and reel combo for beginners

 

We reviewed many quality products in this article till now. Nevertheless, our best pick for fishing rod and reel combo for beginners is without doubt PLUSINNO Fishing Spin Spinning Rod and Reel Combo. That is because it is universal and offers a decent amount of quality for the owner on a very reasonable price.

As this article has shown, there are plenty of different spinner fishing rods and reel combos available on the market at the present moment. All the models discussed above are really quality ones. Nevertheless, my suggestion for the best fishing rods and reel combos to buy will be the PLUSINNO Fishing Spin Spinning Rod and Reel Combo as the best overall product and as the second best option the Sougayilang Portable Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Travel Spinning Fishing Pole Kits with the most durable reel.

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