July 2022

Fishing Rods: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Fishing Rod rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2022.

Summary

As of 30 Jul 2022, St.Croix Triumph takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed fishing rod with 5 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 fishing rod' this month. It is followed by Ugly Stik GX2 and Ugly Stik Elite , with 5 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - July 2022 Ranking

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Rank Price Fishing Rod
Field & Stream
TheManual
boatsafe.com
Reviewed
bestfishkeeping.com
BestReviews
OutdoorGearLab
tripsavvy.com
fishinggearcenter.com
fishingsrod.com
1
$155
St.Croix Triumph
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7
-
-
1
1
1
-
8
-
2
$30
Ugly Stik GX2
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-
-
-
2
4
-
5
1
2
3
$57
Ugly Stik Elite
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
3
-
1
4
$43
Okuma Celilo Ultralight
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
4
3
5
$50
KastKing Perigee II
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
6
$43
KastKing Blackhawk II
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3
-
-
-
-
5
10
-
-
7
$48
Sougayilang Telescopic Combos
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
2
-
-
8
$33
Plusinno Elite Hunter
-
-
2
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
13
$40
Fiblink 4 Pieces Travel Rod
-
-
-
-
5
5
-
-
-
-
14
$38
Entsport E Series Camo Legend
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
15
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Fenwick HMG Spinning
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-
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
5
16
$30
Sougayilang Graphite Fiber
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
9
-

We ranked St.Croix Triumph #1 in July 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked St.Croix Triumph as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TheManual

Best Double-Handed Rod

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bestfishkeeping.com

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

Pros
High-quality spinning rod with SCII carbon construction for impressive sensitivity and power.
Cork handle for comfortable grip. Boasts black aluminum oxide guides and double-coated slow cure finish.

Cons
A little pricey. Warranty will still cost money.

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Overall Fishing Rod

Pros
Excellent feel
Great casting
Portable

Cons
Slightly difficult to take apart

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best for Budget

Pros
You don’t have to put a lot of strength while using it.
Beginners find it quite easy to get started with the hobby of fishing.

Cons
The piece isn’t good for the spin-casting followers. For them, buying a more high-end model will serve.

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We ranked Ugly Stik GX2 #2 in July 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ugly Stik GX2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
bestfishkeeping.com

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BestReviews

Balanced & Sensitive

Pros
Several lengths available between 5.5 and 7 ft. graphite and fiberglass construction lasts a long time. Two-piece construction for traveling convenience. Good price point. Well-constructed.

Cons
Eyes on the rod may come loose or spin out of position. Heavy.

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tripsavvy.com

Best for Crappie

Pros
Multiple lengths and powers to choose from
Crappie model combines sensitivity and casting distance
Seven-year warranty

Cons
Product information doesn’t specify rod action
Several customers say line guides cannot withstand braid

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best to Buy in 2022

Pros
You’ll get the availability of a good Price to value ratio.
The lightweight and durable design make it stand out.
You’ll get lots of weights available.

Cons
Foam vs. cork handle is a major drawback.
When the package arrives, the 2 piece comes apart.

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fishingsrod.com

best fishing rod combo under 100

Pros
The handle is very lightweight.
To feel comfortable to use.
Clear tip and two piece construction.
Graphite and fiberglass combination.

Cons
Not used for sea fishing.

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Fishing Rods.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Fishing Rods, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for July 2022 ranking

We ranked Ugly Stik Elite #3 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ugly Stik Elite as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OutdoorGearLab

Great for Small Fish

Pros
Strong
Versatile

Cons
Casting
Short handle

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tripsavvy.com

Best for Bass

Pros
Durable, lightweight blank with extra graphite
One- and two-piece options available
Seven-year warranty

Cons
No slow or moderate action option
Some reviewers say line guides are easily grooved by braid

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fishingsrod.com

best fishing rod under $100

Pros
Light weight and strong.
Very comfortable cork handle.
Clear tip design fishing rod.
Seven year- warranty.

Cons
Many customers are not as like lightweight fishing rods.

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We ranked Okuma Celilo Ultralight #4 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
tripsavvy.com

Best for Trout

Pros
Ultra-light and light models in a range of lengths
Fore and rear cork grips for added comfort
One of the most affordable rods on this list

Cons
Limited warranty is only valid for one year
No crossover for larger fish species

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best Strength

Pros
Ultralight action rod comes with an awesome 7-foot rod.
It presents the amazing ultra lightweight action and lets you cast all day long without fatigue.
The lightweight quantum 20 reel makes it perfectly balanced.

Cons
Lack of quality control is a major drawback.

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fishingsrod.com

best fishing rod under 100

Pros
Strong and durable.
Comfortable.
One year warranty.
Good line weight capacity.

Cons
Some customer not like multicolor.

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We ranked KastKing Perigee II #5 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked KastKing Perigee II as #1.
Critic endorsements:
boatsafe.com

Pros
Flexible
Strong
Accurate
Powerful
Comfortable

Cons
Pricey

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tripsavvy.com

Best Overall

Pros
Great performance for under $100
29 length, power, and action combos to choose from
Twin Tip option gives you two different power rods in one

Cons
No extra-length rods for long-distance casting applications
Some reviewers report that the rod can be fragile

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We ranked KastKing Blackhawk II #6 in July 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TheManual

Best Telescopic Rod

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OutdoorGearLab

Most Versatile

Pros
Extremely versatile
Great sensitivity
Portable

Cons
Glass tip
Floating guides

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tripsavvy.com

Best for Backpacking

Pros
Collapses to less than a third of extended length
Can leave reel and line attached when collapsed
Available in spinning and baitcasting styles

Cons
A lack of alignment markers can make it difficult to line guides up
Warranty has significant limitations

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We ranked Sougayilang Telescopic Combos #7 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
bestfishkeeping.com

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tripsavvy.com

Best Budget

Pros
Includes rod, reel, and tackle for less than many rods on this list
Telescoping rod in a choice of three lengths
Reel has a high number of ball bearings for reduced friction

Cons
Reel’s low gear ratio is more suited to some techniques than others
Quality is unlikely to satisfy more experienced fishermen

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We ranked Plusinno Elite Hunter #8 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
boatsafe.com

Pros
Two pieces
Stainless steel guides with ceramic inserts
Comfortable grip
Lightweight
Durable

Cons
Not as much sensitivity in the rod as other options

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Bang for Your Buck

Pros
Great balance
Ergonomic handle
Casting

Cons
Not as portable

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We ranked Entsport E Series Camo Legend #10 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
boatsafe.com

Pros
Affordable
2 different tips; medium and medium-heavy
Strong
Lightweight
Comfortable

Cons
Rod tip can break if you have the wrong size combined with the wrong type of fishing line

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best Warranty

Pros
You will always get a sturdy solid connection between the casting rod and reel.
The quality of EVA handles will reduce the overall weight and provide pressure strength.
There are guides that will give friction-free flow and cutting performance.
It is an ergonomic design model that allows direct contact with the fingers.

Cons
Catching big fish is a problematic one.

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We ranked Fenwick HMG Spinning #11 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
bestfishkeeping.com

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fishingsrod.com

best fishing rod for beginners

Pros
Very sensitive and strong.
Impressive strength and durability.
Light to medium heavy.
Lifetime warranty.

Cons
No

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We ranked Sougayilang Graphite Fiber #12 in July 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Fishing Rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OutdoorGearLab

A Functional Rod but Lower Quality

Pros
Portable
Guides

Cons
Too stiff
Poor construction

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best Looking Rod

Pros
There are numerous organs in this fishing rod that can tackle even the heaviest fish.
It is convenient for fishing activity when you are conducting it on a regular basis.
The product offers maximum adaptability for enjoyment and fun.
The rod is well balanced for operating efficiency and giving a solid performance.

Cons
It fails to work smoothly in saltwater.

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