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