Welcome to the best spinning rods 2021 buyers guide. As consumers, we are spoilt for choice with the endless volume of high-end spin rods available on the market. Different brands, different sizes and different budgets to cater to all skill levels from beginners through to tournament anglers. I have been looking at purchasing a couple of high-end spin rods for myself. An ultra-light rod for target species such as bream and estuary perch with soft plastics and hard body lures. And another outfit slightly heavier which could be used for targeting freshwater species such as trout and redfin and inshore species such as flathead and pinky snapper.

My investigation kicked off by visiting countless tackle stores. Then trolling through countless manufacturer websites to really understand and compare the differences. Really looking into the finer details of weight, strength, balance, components, build quality and price. I also studied the best spinning reels 2021 available to pair with the rod.

So, let’s start by looking at light spin outfits available in the market sorted by price. High-end rods over $500, mid-range rods under $500 and entry-level rods under $200.


Best spin rods 2021

Daiwa Steez

These are the best rods available on the market. They come with a steep price point but in return provide the buyer with the highest-grade components and build quality. Superior blanks, guides and feel. These rods are targeted at tournament anglers or keen anglers who don’t mind splashing some cash to have the best available. In this range, you will find.

  • Daiwa Steez – $699
  • Samurai infinite – $679
  • Megabass destroyer – $599
  • Samurai Reaction – $589
  • Wilson Venom – $549
  • Shimano Poison Adrena – $549
  • Miller Rods Grub freak Lt – $545 Top Pick
  • Miller Twitch freak Lt – $545 Top Pick


Best mid range Spin rods under $500

Live fibre Blade n Tails

These are generally the most popular rod choices in the market. High-quality components to satisfy most anglers without the steep price point. Tournament anglers through to keen weekend warriors would rate many of these rods very highly.

  • Daiwa Infeet EX 2020 – $499
  • Samaki C-12 V3 – $399
  • JML perfection – $389
  • Miller rod XLFC – $365
  • Abu Garcia Eradicator finesse – $345
  • Daiwa Infleet Z 2020 – $329
  • Shimano Zodias JDM 2020 – $299 Top Pick
  • Daiwa TD Zero – $299
  • Daiwa Rebillion – $299
  • JML Sensation ALL Rounder – $249
  • Wilson live fibre blade n tails – $239
  • Samaki Zing Xtreme V2 – $239
  • Abu Garcia Veritas 3.0 – $239
  • Daiwa 20 TD Black – $239 Top Pick

Watch as we roadtest the Shimano Zodias 2020 on the water targeting pinky snapper.


Best entry level Spin rods under $200

Savage Gear 1DFR

The market for spin rods under 200 dollars is massive. In fact, many of our major fishing retailers make a large portion of their monthly sales based on these products alone. These rods are perfect for beginners, weekend warriors and serious anglers who don’t feel the need to overspend. There are some amazing affordable options in this list including the Atomic Arrows, new Veritas 4.0, and the Samazki Zing G3. Rods that provide great performance without the expensive price tag.

  • Savage Gear 1DFR – $169 Top Pick
  • NS Amped II – $150
  • Atomic Arrowz – $149 Top Pick
  • Abu Garcia Veritas 4.0 – $149
  • Daiwa TD Hyper V2 – $149
  • Savage Gear Black – $149
  • Samaki Zing Gen 3 – $139
  • Shimano Raider – $139
  • Daiwa Aird-X – $109 Top Pick


Best squid EGI rods for 2021

Daiwa Emeraldas

These are rods custom-built for catching calamari. These are longer rods with components designed to make casting squid jigs a dream, whilst handling squid with ease. As you will see there is a large volume of custom squid rods available with varying budgets for consumers.

  • Samurai EGI rod – $589
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas air AGS – $499 Top Pick
  • Yamashita EGIDO EGI-OH limited ed – $439
  • RUI Eging Rod K-Crusher PRO-803M – $369
  • Major Craft Crostage EGI – $319
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas V – $299
  • Daiwa 20 emereldas MX – $299
  • Shimano Sephia BB 20 – $299
  • Samaki Zing G3 EGI – $169
  • Okuma Inked Egi Special Squid Fishing Rod – $169
  • Storm Gomoku Ikasumi Egi – $149
  • Atomic Arrowz EGI rod – $139
  • Abu Garcia Veritas Egi Special – $139
  • Shimano Raider Egi – $139
  • NS blackhole Blackwater – $129 Top Pick
  • Shimano Catana Egi – $84
  • Rovex Specialist Squid Wrangler – $79


Best freshwater trout and redfin rods for 2021 

Shimano Zodias

These are rods specifically suited for catching freshwater fish particularly trout and redfin.

  • Daiwa Steez – $699
  • Samurai infinity – $609
  • Shimano poison Adrena – $549
  • Samurai reaction – $539
  • Nitro Vapour – $499
  • Millers XFLC $380
  • Daiwa TD Zero $299
  • Shimano Zodias – $299
  • Daiwa 20 TB Black – $249
  • JML Sensation ALL Rounder – $249
  • Wilson live fibre blade n tails – $239
  • Atomic Arrowz – $149
  • Samaki Zing Gen 3 – $139
  • Shimano Raider – $139

Best spinning rod 2021 conclusion.

There is no wrong or right choice here, it will simply come down to your own personal preference, budget availability and purpose of usage. As buyers, we are swayed by brands, esthetics and features. We are also open to marketing hype and recommendations from friends and tackle stores. Many will automatically lean to a type of brand that they already have a level of trust with.  Maybe that Daiwa maybe that’s Shimano maybe its a more affordable brand such as Savage Gear or Abu Garcia. Whatever you choose you will find some ripping options to choose from in this list.


Additions or corrections

Thanks for reading the best spinning rods 2021 article. You can purchase these rods as most fishing tackle stores. You can also see many fishing videos around Melbourne and Victoria. If you have any questions, corrections or additions then please direct them to enquiries@fishingmad.com.au and we will get back to you as soon as we can.