Spinning Rods Explained: A Complete Guide

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Spinning rods are the simplest type of rod used in fish. Pair them up with a good spinning reel and you have a cheap and effective spinning combo that you can use to target a range of species.

As well as being cheaper than baitcasting rods, spinning rods are easier to use and are ideal for beginners or children starting their fishing journey (check out our article on the merits of spinning rods vs baitcasting rods here).

Spinning Rod Reviews

We have put together a range of posts on the best spinning rods for a variety of purposes or different species:

The Ugly Stik Elite is one of the world’s most popular spinning rods

Spinning Rod Comparisons

Rods for Particular Fish Species or Lure

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Sometimes anglers want to choose a rod for a particular fish species as that’s the one that they spend the most time chasing and it is important that they have gear that’s selected with this fish in mind.

Or alternative, they might want to choose a rod based on the kind of lure they want to throw so that the rod has the right action and power throwing the lure and retrieving it in the most effective way.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water.