Shakespeare Ugly Stik
Shakespeare Ugly Stik

Best inexpensive fishing rod

One of the most popular rods for over 25 years, Shakespeare's Ugly Stik is cited by almost all reviewers as a solid, dependable rod for smaller fish that fits all anglers of all skill levels. The Ugly Stik features a graphite core surrounded by fiberglass, giving it sensitivity but also making it one of the strongest rods available. This, combined with the low price, makes the Ugly Stik a top-rated fishing rod of its type.
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Okuma Guide Select
Okuma Guide Select

Best overall value

The Okuma Guide Select finds a comfortable place between low and high-end fishing rods, mixing quality components with a reasonable price. The rod is solid graphite making it light and sensitive. The molded handle is made from high-grade cork and offers sturdiness and comfort without sacrificing sensitivity. Reviewers are often surprised at the power the rod brings when reeling in, despite its light weight. You can also buy this rod as part of a kit that includes a reel.
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Shimano Cumara
Shimano Cumara

Luxury fishing rod

The latest reviews say that for high-end fishing rods, the Shimano Cumara provides the ultimate in comfort and sensitivity. The quality IM-10 graphite comprising the rod is ultra-light and sensitive, making for accurate casting and the detection of even the smallest nibbles. It also features Fuji SIC black frame guides and two-piece handles that are custom designed with a carbon insert and shaped EVA foam grips. The Cumara won the 2008 Best of the Best award for a spinning rod from Field and Stream magazine and a 2008 Best Value from TackleTour.com.
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