Best fishing rods Thrifter 2021

There are quite a few choices when it comes to picking the right fishing rod. There are plenty of different types based on how you plan on fishing and what fish you want to catch. However, if you're a beginner or you just want something low maintenance a solid spinning rod is the best way to go. Sometimes just getting a reel-and-rod combo can work, but you may want to go a little bigger on a high-quality rod to ensure it lasts a long time and then buy the reel separately. That's up to you, but we've included a combination of both here.

Ugly Stik Gx

Best Value: Ugly Stik GX2 spinning fishing rod

Top Pick

The 6-foot 6-inch medium-power spinning rod has a one-piece stainless steel guide for eliminating insert popouts. Get extra strength and sensitivity from the Clear Tip design.

$39 at Amazon
Wakeman Rod Reel

Combo Pick: Wakeman Swamp Series spinning rod and reel combo

The combo has a total length of 65 inches. The rod itself is 5 and a half feet long and made with fiberglass. The spinning reel is a Size 20 pre-spooled with 65 yards of six-pound monofilament line.

$22 at Amazon
Kastking Blackhawk

Ultra Portable: KastKing Blackhawk II telescopic fishing rod

Expands to become a 7-foot 6-inch, fast, medium to high power rod. Can be shrunk down to just a couple of feet long for travel, though, so you can stick it in a suitcase or backpack. Delivers durability, sensitivity, and performance with its solid glass tip section and KastFlex Technology with Toray 24-Ton Carbon Matrix blank.

$54 at Amazon
St Croix

The Premium Choice: St. Croix Rods Triumph inshore carbon casting fishing rod

Made with premium quality SCII carbon. Super lightweight with hard aluminum-oxide surf guides. Has a Fuji DPS reel seat with frosted silver hoods, a custom cork tape handle, and two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish. These are handcrafted and built for long-distance casting performance.

$90 at Amazon
Plusinno Reel Rod

Reel and Rod Combo: Plusinno fishing rod and reel combo

Combines the reel and the rod together. Get a high-density, elastic carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass for a hard and durable pole. The reel seat fights corrosion from seawater and has an EVA foregrip for comfort. This is a telescopic rod that can shrink down for portability.

$51 at Amazon
Penn Battalion Ii

Long Lasting: Penn Battalion II black and gold Inshore Spinning Rod

This rod replaces the original Battalion rod, which was also a great pickup for its time. The new one still includes Fuji Alconite guides, Fuji reel seats, and a premium overall feel thanks to the SLC2 construction. The rod is meant for inshore fishing or near-the-shore fishing.

$106 at Amazon

Gone Fishin'

Honestly, I'd get the Ugly Stik GX2 fishing rod just for the name alone. Of course, it helps that it's one of the best rods out there and a perfect option for beginners. It's built with both graphite and fiberglass, which means it's not going to go down without a fight. You'll be able to use a rod like this for a long time.

Planning a fishing trip? Need to travel quite a distance to reach your favorite spot? You might want to consider a telescopic fishing pole like the KastKing Blackhawk II then. While in its final form it's long enough to be a standard fishing pole, it has the ability to shrink down to just a couple of feet so that it's easy to travel with.

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