Cheap Vs. Expensive Fishing Rods – Which Should You Buy?

Are expensive rods worth the money? Which rods are the best “Bang For The Buck?” Does spending more money really make a difference? What are the benefits? Which rod is right for you? Today we’re comparing the advantages and disadvantages of high-end rods and budget-friendly rods. We’re looking at the best of both worlds and giving recommendations on the most sensitive rods at every price point.

The primary benefit of an inexpensive or budget-friendly rod is cost. Its up to you to decide if the cost savings outweighs any potential performance issues. The downside of a cheaper rod are sensitivity, weight, and build quality. The primary benefit of an expensive or high-end rod is sensitivity, weight, balance, and overall experience. The downsides are cost and durability. Again, it is up to you as the angler to find the balance between sensitivity, durability, and budget.

Below we’ve provided links to all of the rods and reels in this video. We’ve gone a step further and linked the best “bang for the buck” rods that we’ve found at every price point and as an added bonus, will include “bang for the buck” reels as well. We hope this video helps you understand the benefits of each rod style as you choose the best option for you going forward.

Best “Bang For the Buck” Casting Rods…
-Shimano SLX:
-Dobyns Fury:
-Shimano Expride:
-Megabass Orochi XX:
-G Loomis GLX:

Best “Bang For the Buck” Spinning Rods…
-Shimano SLX:
-Dobyns Fury:
-Shimano Expride:
-G Loomis GLX:

Favorite Reels At Various Prices…
-Shimano SLX 150 HG:
-Shimano Curado 150 DC:
-Chronarch MGL:
– Metanium DC:
-Shimano Sahara FI Spinning:
-Shimano Ultregra Spinning:
-Stradic Ci4+ Spinning:
-Exsence Spinning:

Rods in thumbnail from left to right…
-North Fork Loomis Edge Rods: Source Locally
-Megabass Destroyer Rods:
-Shimano SLX Rods:
-G Loomis NRX Rods:
-Daiwa Aird X Rods:
-Shimano Expride Rods:
-Abu Garcia Veritas Rods:
-13 Fishing Defy Black Rods:

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