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The Best Spinning Combos For Beginners and Expert Anglers

Updated on December 9, 2010

Spinning rods and spinning reels are some of the most popular fishing equipment as it can be used anywhere from freshwater fishing to saltwater fishing. Although spinning rods and reels are popular for freshwater fishing, these can also be used for saltwater in varieties of longer rods and bigger reels.

Spinning rods usually come in lengths ranging from 5 feet (1.5 meters) to 8 1/2 feet (2.6 meters) long and usually come with round guides for the line in 1-foot intervals. If you want to get a good spinning rod, check for their materials. Some good ones are graphite and fiberglass. Aside from being virtually unbreakable, these two are also lightweight which makes it easier to handle. These rods also commonly come with foam handles that cushion the hands and help prevent blisters. If you’re planning to use a spinning rod for saltwater fishing, expect heavier catches so go for thicker and longer rods that allow two-handed casting.

On the other hand, spinning reels can be recognized by the way they attach under the spinning rod instead of sitting on top of it like baitcasting reels and spincasting reels do. Spinning reels were designed in response to the backlash problem found in baitcasting reels. However, it has some problems of its own like line twisting. In order to remedy the problem, oscillating spools have been used in new models of spinning reels to give the best performance possible. If you want to get an excellent spinning reel, look for those made of water-resistant materials, and especially, saltwater-resistant materials if you plan to go surf fishing. Here are some of the best combos that offer you the best quality at very convenient prices.

Shakespeare Two-Piece Medium Heavy Action Ugly Cat Spinning Combo 7-Feet
Shakespeare Two-Piece Medium Heavy Action Ugly Cat Spinning Combo 7-Feet

Shakespeare Two-Piece Medium Heavy Action Ugly Cat Spinning Combo 7-Feet

Wherever you plan to go fishing, this combo will do you a lot of great service. It’s designed for medium to heavy action so you can use it for freshwater fishing as well as on surf and open water fishing. With this you can go fishing for large catfish and trout. It’s composed of a fishing rod and a reel. The rod measures 7 feet long and it is equipped with EVA foams for hand protection. The length of the rod is also enough for one to take along the shores. As for the reel, it’s a size 50 and it is specially designed to withstand saltwater years of rugged use. It has a rust-proof aluminum spool and ball bearings to give you smooth functioning. This one also has a reliable drag as with all excellent reels to keep your line secure, catch or no catch.

Pflueger Trion GX 7 Spinning Combo
Pflueger Trion GX 7 Spinning Combo

Pflueger Trion GX 7 Spinning Combo

Pflueger is another respected brand when it comes to fishing equipment so you can just check out the outstanding features of the Pflueger Trion GX 7 Spinning Combo to see for yourself. This spinning combo includes a top-of-the-line fishing rod as well as an equally great reel. The rod is made of light and sturdy IM-8 graphite. It’s a one-piece rod and has great sensitivity which lets you feel tugs immediately. It also has rust-proof stainless steel guides, aluminum oxide inserts and a cork handle to give you a better grip. As for the reel, it has 5.2:1 ratio gears, stainless steel ball bearings, tight drag and a water-resistant spool with the capacity to hold on to weights of up to 8 pounds. You’ll feel the superior class of this combo with the super smooth way this reel functions and you’ll be delighted that this one comes at a pretty affordable price. It’s a real bargain.

Shakespeare Medium Action Travel Mate Telescopic Kit Combo (6-Feet 6-Inch)
Shakespeare Medium Action Travel Mate Telescopic Kit Combo (6-Feet 6-Inch)

Shakespeare Medium Action Travel Mate Telescopic Kit Combo (6-Feet 6-Inch)

This spinning combo is designed to withstand medium action so you can be confident when it comes to fishing for the medium-sized ones. With this, you get a good fishing rod as well as a matching spinning reel. The spinning fishing rod comes with a length of 6 feet and 6 inches and it is tough enough to handle targets such as trout and it’s lightweight too which makes it more convenient since it allows for easy maneuvering and it does not put much strain on the arms. You can also collapse it into a size as small as 15 inches which saves a lot of space for your bags. The spinning reel comes in a size 35 which is just right for the targets that the rod can handle. It has a good drag system too and a feature that decreases line twisting. Both items mentioned come in a free carrying case that also offers adjustable compartments for your other fishing supplies such as lures.

Pflueger Echelon Spinning Combo
Pflueger Echelon Spinning Combo

Pflueger Echelon Spinning Combo

This combo is great for beginners as well as for experts with its remarkable quality and performance. The Pflueger Echelon Spinning Combo features a highly sensitive spinning rod that lets you feel what goes around the line and know when there’s a catch. It measures 6 feet and 6 inches long and it is made of IM-6 graphite which guarantees super strength as well as amazing lightness. You won’t have any trouble maneuvering this or hauling up your catch. The reel is also designed with tough stainless steel line guides, aluminum oxide inserts, a reel seat made of graphite, a double-foot hook keeper and a cork grip. As for the reel, it is designed for light action and comes with machined aluminum spool and a soft handle. It features 5 ball bearings of stainless steel which contributes a lot to its fluid performance. It also has an anti-reverse feature that helps keep your line in good shape. Novices will find this a motivation for fishing while long-time anglers will also find this a great combo to have around.

Shakespeare One-Piece Ultra Light Action Ugly Combo
Shakespeare One-Piece Ultra Light Action Ugly Combo

Shakespeare One-Piece Ultra Light Action Ugly Combo

If you’re going camping near rivers or lakes, one of the most enjoyable things to do is fishing and having a good fishing combo around adds in more fun. This combo is great for freshwater fishing as it is designed for very light action. The one-piece rod has a high level of responsiveness which lets you somehow feel through the water and its durability is just enough to haul in light freshwater fishes. It comes with a spinning reel made of graphite that is both strong and light. You’ll find this a joy to have around especially if you’ll be fishing with your family or friends. When you get this combo, you’ll find that the reel is also pre-spooled with a 4-pound fishing line already. This combo is surely ready as soon as you set foot on your destination.


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