Spinning rods are some of the best all year round fishing rods.

Spinning fishing rods

A fishing rod is obviously an essential piece of equipment to have when going fishing, but if you don't have your own fishing rod and haven't bought one before, the vast selection can make it overwhelming to try and come to a decision. Based on many different features, spin rods are commonly used for smaller species of fish like panfish,  perch, but are also more capable of battling much larger fish such as bass, walleye, carp, depending on what strength of rod you choose. 

Spinning rods are usually made out of graphite or fiberglass, with this ideal material depending largely on the type of fishing, it is the lightest and most sensitive. Spinning rods will have multiple line guides running along the length of the fishing pole and are combined with a spinning reel which is mounted below the rod at the handle. Longer and more flexible spinning rods may have more guides than shorter or stiffer rods for more line control. 

Are you looking to buy a fishing rod?

Here are 10 steps to make the process as simple as possible.

1. What type of fishing do you expect to be doing? This will help guide your decision making. For instance, you may need a different rod depending on whether you're fishing for salmon, pike, or trout. Likewise, sea fishing may also require a different rod.

2. How often do you anticipate you'll be using your new rod? If it's only for occasional use, your needs may differ greatly from someone who intends to fish quite often.

3. If you have a specific purpose you need the rod for, there may be better options for you than multi-use products.

4. Where do you intend to be located when fishing. A decision over the size of your rod will need to be made based on whether you'll be standing in the river, on the bank, on the side of a lake.

5. Fishing can be a long process and you may need to hold your rod for a long time without anything happening. As such, it's important you get a rod that is comfortable. Weight and size will be important factors.

6. Size and weight choices also boil down to preferences. Some anglers like them heavier, others lighter. If you're new to fishing it might be a good idea to try a few out in-store.

7. If you already have a rod and your new purchase is going to be for a specific purpose, then you need to ensure your reels are compatible. Otherwise, you may need to spend a little more.

8. Do a little research on the brands you like and don't like. Reviews are always helpful, while friends can provide invaluable insights. However, your specifications are really what matters, so make sure the rod fits its purpose.

9. How easy it is to assemble and disassemble rods is something many people overlook, but given that you may be by the side of a lake wearing gloves when you need to use it, factoring this into your decision-making could important.

10) Value for money doesn't mean choosing the cheap option. Getting a rod that will last you for many years and which you enjoy using are far more important indicators of good value than cost alone.

So, now you know how to choose, it's just a case of working out what you need. From fly fishing rods to spinning rods, get it right first time and you'll enjoy it all the more.


Spinning rods are ideal for use if you are just getting started in fishing, and want a versatile rod that can be used for catching different sorts of fish. If you're an expert angler, and looking at catching salmon, trout or perch, or even bigger predators, then maybe a spinning rod is just what you need. Once you've decided that you need a spinning rod, what should you look for?

1. Ease of use

The spinning rod you choose should be easy to use so that you can operate it even with cold and wet hands. If the rod doesn't fit your hand properly then it's not going to be comfortable when you're out fishing. Look for cork handles as they'll provide comfort and support.

2. Material

Spinning rods are generally made from the same sort of materials as fly fishing rods. If you're going to use your rod often, and be spending all day fishing, then it's probably worth spending a bit more money and getting the lightest rod you can afford. You'll be able to cast with less effort, and you'll find that it gets used more. If you buy a rod that's not right, you won't use it, so it'll be a waste of money.

3. Length

The length of the right spinning rod for you will depend on where you plan to fish. If you're fishing in a large stream, then you'll want a longer rod, possibly up to 9 or 10 feet long. Choosing a longer rod will make sense if you're going to be casting further. If you're fishing in a narrow stream, then you'll want something shorter and more manageable.

4. Power

The type of fish that you're going to catch will also help to decide which rod's right for you. A rod for use with a light line will be fine for catching smaller fish, and a medium line rod will be right for larger fish. For catching salmon, and other larger fish, you'll be looking at a medium to heavy line. The rod will state what sort of line you can use it for, so make sure that your new fishing rod is right for the job.

5. Action

If you're going to be casting light lures, then you'll be looking for a rod with a slow action; one that flexes the whole of the length of the rod. If the rod is too stiff, it won't flex, and you'll find yourself throwing the lure, rather than letting the rod do the work. A rod that bends in the middle, such as a medium action rod, is the best choice for many anglers. Medium action spinning rods will handle different weights and sizes of lines, and give you more control when catching heavier fish.