You don’t necessarily need to break your budget so that you could have the best inshore spinning rod – but you may need to compare options to find the right one. Is the price right? There’s actually a reason for the difference in price. If you are shopping within the range of $200 to $300, you can expect these to have exceptional materials and a primo blank. It can be tricky to find rods valued at $150 or less with the same qualities, but that’s actually the fun in shopping.
Stephen Britt shares some insights in choosing an inshore spinning rod. According to the senior product manager of Penn fishing rods, the higher priced rods are valued as such because these will often have higher graphite content compared to the less expensive ones. The ones that are primarily made of graphite will be considerably lighter, will be thinner in diameter blank, and extra sensitive. Those that are made of fiberglass will be significantly heavier, but have the edge of better durability compared to high graphite content blank.
For those who can’t afford the more expensive ones, the makers of the top-of-the-line rods also produce meticulously designed affordable rods. Bruce Holt of G. Loomis claims that the cheaper ones could actually last a lifetime of the angler, provided that these are properly cared for. While the life components used are considered shorter than that of the blank, the ones that are dubbed as high-quality are expected to have extended life.
Just like Holt, John Bretza of Okuma thinks that proper care plays an important role in extending the life of the rod. For example, higher end rods are known for being lighter and being more sensitive, which is why there is a need to be very careful when handling these. Of course, you also need to check the reputation of the maker just to be sure that you will be getting your rod from the right provider.