Technology advancements and overseas production (mainly in China) have dramatically lowered the price of some pretty good fishing rods. But not all low-price rods are equal. General-purpose walleye and bass spinning rods generally should be “medium” action, about 6 feet long, with a comparatively light “feel” and balance. These last qualities are crucial, because some cheaper rods are so thick and stiff they feel like pool cues in the hand. In addition to being uncomfortable, they are inefficient bite transmitters, making it difficult for novice anglers, particularly, to set hooks properly. Pretty good rods will cost up to $85. Often much better are those ranging to $125.

Dennis Anderson