We put a boat­load of new fish­ing rods to our ul­ti­mate test. Which ones landed our top spots for per­for­mance and value? Turn the page

Field and Stream - - CONTENTS - By Mark Mo­doski, with Joe Cer­mele

We tested 57 new rods to de­ter­mine the top per­form­ers and the best bar­gains for 2017.

When F&S fish­ing editor Joe Cer­mele and I tested 53 new fish­ing rods for last year’s an­nual test, I re­mem­ber think­ing, We’re never go­ing to do that again. And we didn’t. This year, we tested 57. First, we sorted rods into five cat­e­gories based on tar­get species: bass, cat­fish, muskie, pan­fish or trout, and wall­eye. Then Cer­mele and I be­gan the ar­du­ous task of test­ing ev­ery last one for cast­ing abil­ity, qual­ity of blank and com­po­nents, sen­si­tiv­ity, and feel and fin­ish. Next we nar­rowed the rods down to just five fi­nal­ists per species group, and fi­nally picked the best over­all per­former and the best value for each. Here are the re­sults.

Pho­to­graphs by RALPH SMITH

Start­ing Lineup This year’s best rods for five tar­get species.

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