5. FITZGERALD ALL-PURPOSE
• Price: $190
Buying a separate rod for every technique gets expensive fast. So, manufacturers are now designing versatile rods that can cover a wide range of applications. The Fitzgerald All-purpose achieves that goal; it’s a truly versatile stick that can be fished in both fresh and salt water. The high-modulus blank produces a solid blend of power and sensitivity. The panel agreed that the rod was well-constructed and had a ton of backbone to handle big fish in our torture test, and it can take the punishment of salt water with American Tackle guides in stainless-steel frames.