Spinning Rods

THE RATINGS •Excellent •Very Good •Good •Fair EDITOR’S CHOICE G. Loomis Bronzeback SMR822S-GLX FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $355 Performance: Excellent Design: … Continued

THE RATINGS •Excellent •Very Good •Good •Fair EDITOR’S CHOICE G. Loomis Bronzeback SMR822S-GLX

FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $355 Performance: Excellent Design: Excellent Price/Value: Very Good

This is it forlighter (6- to 12-pound-test line) bass fishing! A sweet blend of flex andstrength with great close-quarters accuracy. 800-456-6647; gloomis.com

GREAT BUY Shakespeare Agility ASPI 6066-1MH

FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $30 Performance: Excellent Design: Very Good Price/Value: Excellent

A fine, accuratecaster both near and far. Well finished but with a long handle someshorter-armed anglers may find a tad much. You can’t fault the finish, thelong-wearing guides or especially the awesome price. 800-347-3759;shakespeare-fishing.com

St. Croix PremierPS66MF

FINAL SCORE:Excelent Retail: $90 Performance: Excellent Design: Excellent Price/Value: Excellent

One beautiful rod!Fittings and wraps “flow” into the blank. Deep-pressed Batson guideswon’t let the inserts pop out. Perfect for almost any bass and lighter pikefishing, but it would also be at home in the inshore saltwater arena.800-826-7042; stcroixrods.com

Falcon SSti-7M

FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $190 Performance: Excellent Design: Very Good Price/Value: Very Good

A team favorite.Beautifully finished with comfort cork beneath the reel seat. Aimed at inshorespecies but good for many walleye and bass fishing techniques. 918-251-0020;falconrods.com

G. Loomis WalleyeRigging WRR8400GLX

FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $360 Performance: Excellent Design: Excellent Price/Value: Very Good

Ideal forslip-sinker rigging, light spinner rigs or bottom bouncer walleye techniques.The GLX blank is mighty sensitive alone but exposed graphite at the foregripadds to strike detection. Recoil guides add sensitivity, too. 800-456-6647;gloomis.com

Kistler MagnesiumTS MgDSFWML69S

FINAL SCORE:Excellent Retail: $190 Performance: Excellent Design: Excellent Price/Value: Very Good

This rod isfeather light, perfect for finesse presentations. The “swelled” handlesection is really comfortable. Its slimmed-down components make for noticeableweight savings and sensitivity. 281-259-8033; kistlerrods.com

Quantum ShawGrigsby Signature

FINAL SCORE: VeryGood Retail: $190 Performance: Excellent Design: Very Good Price/Value: Very Good

You could use thissplit-grip-handle rod for many light lures and rigs or finesse fishing. The tipis not quite as flexible as on some drop-shot models, but it will work fine.800-588-9030; quantumfishing.com

Lamiglas InshorePoppin Travel XPS 703T

FINAL SCORE: VeryGood Retail: $230 Performance: Very Good Design: Very Good Price/Value: Good

This three-piecerod performs like a flawless one-piece blank. Ideal for popping and swimmingplastics for inshore species such as redfish and stripers, as well as manyfreshwater techniques. Unleashes power effortlessly. 360-225-9436;lamiglas.com

Bass Pro ShopsWX66MLS-2

FINAL SCORE: VeryGood Retail: $70 Performance: Very Good Design: Very Good Price/Value: Very Good

Really nice handlewith enough bulk for bigger hands. It’s a two-piecer that would be good forlighter walleye jigging, not the heavier baits. 800-227-7776; basspro.com

All Star PlatinumP785MS

FINAL SCORE: VeryGood Retail: $150 Performance: Very Good Design: Very Good Price/Value: Very Good

Excellentaccuracy, especially at longer range. Test rod had an un-aligned guide belowthe tiptop. An all–around performer. One tester felt it was heavy in hand andexpensive for its performance. 800-347-3759; allstarrods.com