April 2024

Fishing Rods: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of fishing rods rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 9 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 104 fishing rod endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

91 fishing rods were endorsed in total, only 9 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 9 Apr 2024, 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.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking fishing rods start at $19.99 (Goture Breeze Stream) and go up to $1050 (Sage R8 Core Fly). Median fishing rod costs $62 (Okuma Longitude).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Fishing Rod
bestfishkeeping.com
boatsafe.com
TheManual
Field & Stream
BestReviews
fishinggearcenter.com
Forbes
OutdoorGearLab
Reviewed
wired2fish.com
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St.Croix Triumph
The St. Croix Triumph fishing rod is a versatile and high-quality spinning rod that offers excellent performance, durability, and sensitivity, making it a top choice for anglers of all skill levels.
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Ugly Stik GX2
The Ugly Stik GX2 fishing rod is highly praised by experts for its exceptional construction, durability, and performance, making it a versatile and reliable choice for anglers of all skill levels.
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+1 $50
Plusinno Carbon Fiber Telescopic
The Plusinno Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod is a versatile and reliable fishing rod that offers convenience, durability, and exceptional performance for anglers of all skill levels.
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Orvis Superfine
The Orvis Superfine is a highly regarded fiberglass fly rod that offers a slower, full-flex action, making it ideal for delicate and precise casts in small bodies of water, with its construction and build quality praised for its classic feel and comfortable cork handle.
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Plusinno Elite Hunter
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-3 $50
Ugly Stik Elite
The Ugly Stik Elite spinning rod is a versatile and durable option for anglers of all levels, offering excellent sensitivity and strength for a variety of fishing situations.
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11
+1 $256
Bubba Tidal Pro
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12
+3 $99
Wild Water Standard Fly
The Wild Water Standard Fly fishing rod is a versatile and reliable option for beginners, offering different lengths for versatility and maneuverability, a forgiving slow action, and a decent budget option with quality materials and a lifetime warranty.
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+3 $38
Entsport E Series Camo Legend
The Entsport E Series Camo Legend baitcasting rod is highly praised for its lightweight yet strong construction, versatile design, and affordable price, making it a top choice for bass fishing and other species.
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#13 $37.99 Entsport E Series Camo Legend
#2 $38.74 Ugly Stik GX2
#6 $49.95 Ugly Stik Elite
#3 $50.48 Plusinno Carbon Fiber Telescopic
#12 $99 Wild Water Standard Fly
#11 $255.90 Bubba Tidal Pro

We ranked St.Croix Triumph #1 in April 2024 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:
bestfishkeeping.com

Highly Recommended For The Highest Quality

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TheManual

Best Double-Handed Rod

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BestReviews

Best of the Best

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.

A little pricey. Warranty will still cost money.

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best for Budget

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.

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

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Overall Fishing Rod / Editors' Choice

Excellent feel
Great casting
Portable

Slightly difficult to take apart
Line guides easily bent

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We ranked Ugly Stik GX2 #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 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

Simple But Durable

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BestReviews

Balanced & Sensitive

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.

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

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fishinggearcenter.com

Best to Buy in 2022

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.

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

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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 April 2024 ranking

We ranked Plusinno Carbon Fiber Telescopic #3 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best fishing rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Plusinno Carbon Fiber Telescopic as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OutdoorGearLab

Best Telescoping Rod / Editors' Choice

Easily portable
Excellent sensitivity
Durable construction
Affordable

No built-in hook holder
Segments may stick if extended too far

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Reviewed

Reversible handle
Collapsible, telescoping rod

Some users report telescoping breaks
Some users report guides snap off easily

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We ranked Orvis Superfine #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best fishing rods” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Orvis Superfine as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TheManual

Best All-Around Fly Rod

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Forbes

Best Glass Fishing Rod

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We ranked Plusinno Elite Hunter #5 in April 2024 because:

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

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

Not as much sensitivity in the rod as other options

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Bang for Your Buck

Great balance
Ergonomic handle
Casting

Not as portable

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We ranked Ugly Stik Elite #6 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best fishing rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Budget Fishing Rod

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OutdoorGearLab

Great for Small Fish

Strong
Versatile

Short handle, short casting distance

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We ranked Bubba Tidal Pro #7 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best fishing rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Field & Stream

Best for Saltwater

Nonslip Grip
1-Piece Rod
Corrosion Resistant Guides

Grip scratches easily

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Forbes

Best Spinning Fishing Rod

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We ranked Wild Water Standard Fly #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best fishing rods” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Simple yet Solid

A good choice for beginners, this set includes a rod, reel, and 9 flies. The 9-foot rod has a comfortable cork handle and a locking reel seat. The aluminum reel arrives loaded with a floating fly line that has a monofilament leader. The set includes the necessary tools.

Poor quality control results in incomplete sets being delivered.

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Reviewed

Quality materials
Rod breaks down for transport
Line and flies included

Users have reported product defects

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We ranked Entsport E Series Camo Legend #9 in April 2024 because:

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

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

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

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.

Catching big fish is a problematic one.

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