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Welcome to our big spinning rod test 2022. Here we present all the spinning rods we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best spinning rod for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a spinning rod.




Summary

  • A spinning rod is the right choice for you if you want to actively fish for predatory fish such as trout, perch, zander, pike or catfish.
  • Spinning rods are suitable for practically all waters. They can be used for lakes, in the sea as well as in large flowing waters.
  • Cheap spinning rods are already available for under €50. High-quality spinning rods, however, can easily cost several hundred euros.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a spinning rod

When is a spinning rod the right choice for you?

Spinning is a widespread fishing technique and is gaining more and more followers. Spinning fishing is characterised by the constant casting and reeling in of the lure, which is why it is an extremely active fishing method.

Spin fishing targets predatory fish, which are enticed to bite by the bait rotating through the water.

So if you want to actively fish for predators such as trout, perch, zander, pike or catfish, the spinning rod is the ideal fishing tackle for you.

With a spinning rod you can basically fish in all waters. The rod is suitable for lakes, in the sea as well as in large flowing waters. It can also be used from the shore or from a boat.

Length and casting weight are important specifications to look for when buying a spinning rod.

Mann sitzt beim Angeln

A spinning rod is suitable for fishing in all waters. (Photo: ivanovgood / pixabay.com)

Telescopic spinning rod or plug-in spinning rod?

Opinions differ on this point. That’s why you have to decide for yourself which type of spinning rod you personally prefer. The following points fundamentally distinguish the two types of rods:

Spinning rod type telescopic spinning rod plug-in spinning rod
Assembly fast and uncomplicated takes longer, but should also be done in 5 minutes
Properties action worse, as individual parts overlap better rod action, higher load capacity, smoother line guide
recommended for fishing trips, outdoor activities combined with fishing, when easier quick setup required regular fishing, specialists, people for whom fishing is not just a hobby and who often stay in the same place all day

In general, telescopic rods are characterised by the fact that they can be easily and quickly retracted and extended into themselves to a small pack size, which is extremely practical for transport and storage.

Plug-in rods, on the other hand, often have a better rod action, a higher load capacity and a smoother line guide thanks to several guide rings per element.

Did you know that a spinning rod can withstand a pull weight of up to 15 kg?

Since spinning rods are made of a plastic reinforced with glass or carbon fibres, they are very robust and resistant.

Even with big fish, the rod can withstand strong bending.

There are more and more telescopic spinning rods on the market, as transport is simply more practical. Nevertheless, in tests and product evaluations, telescopic rods are often chosen as the winners.

How much does a spinning rod cost?

The prices for spinning rods vary greatly depending on quality and durability.

Inexpensive spinning rods are available on the internet for between €20 and €50. For rods with a higher quality finish, you will have to invest around €100.

However, if you expect the highest quality, you are in the right place with high-tech spinning rods, some of which cost well over €500.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and rate spinning rods

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate spinning rods. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Length
  • Casting weight
  • Action

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Length

The length of your spinning rod plays a decisive role. In most cases you are well equipped with a rod length of just under 3 metres.

However, very short rods (approx. 1.50 metres) are also available, which are used for spin fishing from a boat. At the other extreme are the surf rods, up to 9 metres long, for spinning on the seashore. Most spinning rod models are between 2.40 and 3 metres long.

Besides the length of the spinning rod, you should also consider the transport length when buying.

Did you know that you need a fishing licence to fish in Germany?

If you want to fish in Germany or Austria, you need a fishing licence or fishing card. To get it, you have to take the fishing test at the fisheries authority or the state sport fishermen’s association. It is then issued by the municipality.

If you don’t have permission to fish in a certain section of water, you have to get a so-called “Gewässerschein” (water licence). This is a written permit to fish in a body of water. It is issued by the owner of the body of water who has the fishing rights to the body of water in question.

Casting weight

In addition to the length, the casting weight is always indicated on the spinning rod. The casting weight refers to the maximum weight of the lure that can be easily cast with the spinning rod.

The following subdivisions are normally used:

spinning rod casting weight
ultra light 1-10g
light 5-30g
medium 40-60g
heavy 50-120g
ultra heavy 100-250g

If you don’t want to fish with particularly fine or very large lures, a spinning rod with a light to medium casting weight is usually recommended.

The casting weight shows how strong a rod is.

Action

The action describes the flexibility as well as the bendable parts of the spinning rod. Depending on the target fish and the use of the rod, other actions are optimal.

The rod action is divided into three different categories:

  • Top action
  • Semi-parabolic action
  • Parabolic action

Unless you are fishing from a boat, bendy tips (tip action) have proven to be the best, as they allow you to cast accurately and far.

Person angelt vom Geländer

Depending on whether you are fishing from a boat or from the shore, a different action is more suitable for you. (Photo: Pexels / pixabay.com)

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