How to Use a Spinning Rod

Fishing may seem very simple but in order for you to be successful, you need the right tools for the right circumstances. In this article, we are going to go over what a spinning rod is and how to use one properly

What Is a Spinning Rod?

A spinning rod is a rod that uses a spinning mechanism where the reel and guides are located at the bottom of the fishing rod.

Difference Between a Spinning Rod and a Casting Rod

The difference between a spinning rod and a casting rod is fairly simple, as stated above in the spinning rod the reel and the guides are located at the bottom. But with a casting rod, everything is located at the top with the guide being much thinner than that of a spinning rod.

The difference, however, is not just in appearance, a spinning rod is great for fishing techniques where you are going to be using multiple casts so you need a simple technique to manage everything. But with casting rods it is more suitable to use them in circumstances where the rod is anchored down for example in a boat as they are easier to use with a rod holder as the reel and guide are placed at the top of the rod allowing you better control.

Pros of a Spinning Rod

  • Great for beginners as due to their design they are less likely to get tangled giving you peace of mind.
  • Gives you the ability to angle in the fish much faster especially if you are a beginner.
  • Very easy to get used to using so you will not have to spend a lot of time practicing with this type of rod.
  • A fairly inexpensive piece of fishing equipment allowing for anyone to get started fishing.

Cons of a Spinning Rod

  • Not suitable for fishing large fish as the spinning rod is not as sturdy to handle such force.
  • If you are looking for a rod with a high cast capacity then this is not the one for you as spinning rods one average have a medium casting distance.
  • Not as durable as a lot of other types of rods such as baitcasting reel rods.

How to Use a Spinning Rod

  1. First, you need to find the right spinning rod for you, to do this you can browse popular e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and eBay or you can check out the review sites which give you detailed information on the best spinning rods.
  2. Some things you should take into account when buying your spinning rod is the price, the quality of the rod and the features with the most important characteristic being value for money. It is important to note that on the average spinning rod are much cheaper and therefore less durable so you should not spend too much money if you don’t have it as you never know when it will break.
  3. Now that you have bought your spinning rod, the next step will be to put it together unless you have bought it directly for a store already put together. However, even if that is the case it is good to know how to do this as in the future you may need to replace certain parts either because they have become damaged or because you are upgrading them.
  4. Putting a rod together is fairly simple, first, you need to attach the reel to the rod and once you have done that you need to pull the line from the reel and put it through all the guides without forgetting to close the line to make sure no more than is needed comes out.
  5. So now that you have done this, you will need to choose your bait and attach it. This step will require a bit of research from your side on where you are planning to fish, what fish are going to be present there and what type of baits are most attractive for those kinds of fish. If you are unsure of what type of bait is best for the fish you are trying to fish you can buy a few generic ones and test which ones work best sd it is hard to find publicly available information about what fish are living there.
  6. There are a couple of types of bait for you to choose from, the first one is using living baits which are usually small insects such as worms but you can also use what is cut bait that is chunks of meat from bigger fish. Your other options are artificial baits that look like real insects or fish however they lack the smell that live or real bait has however there is little difference in results. You also need to consider the clarity of the water you are fishing in, in clear waters the fish will see the bait but in murky waters, you will need a real bait so the fish can smell it or an artificial bait that can give off vibrations that the fish can also pinpoint.
  7. Once you have done all the preparation steps above, just use your Lowrance fishfinder if you have or any, if you dont have any still you are ready to start fishing. With a spinning rod, it is recommended that you use them to fish from land or in a boat in fairly shallow waters where there are not any large fish that exert a lot of force, this is because a spinning rod is hard to use if attached in a rod holder as the reel and guide are located at the bottom. And without a rod holder, your rod can get pulled in the water by the fish and lost if the water is deep where you are located.
  8. In order to actually start fishing you need to cash the spinning rod, to do this you need to lift the rod behind your shoulder and cast in a flicking motion and once the line hit the water you need to make sure to close it to prevent it from being pulled out by the currents and also to ensure that you can sense when a fish is tugging on your bait.
  9. Once a fish has bitten your bait you need to pull the spinning rod hard in order to make sure that you set the hook of your bait and it gets caught on the fish to stop the fish escaping and allowing you to retrieve. When retrieving small fish you can simply reel them in as they do not have that much power but when you are working with bigger fish you should turn on the drag on your rod and allow the fish to tire itself before you try retrieving it as it will increase your chances of success.


Spinning rods are easy to use once you get the hang of it and set them up to your liking. Soon after mastering using one I am sure will be looking to upgrade or change your line etc. You may even have differentiations rods for different occasions, a travel rod, a standard rod, deep sea rod and whatever else you choose to dabble in. Hope this has given you some insight on how to use a spinning rod, go and enjoy.

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About the Author:

Jessica is an avid hunter, doing the hunting from her childhood. She spent lots of time in the hunting fields with her dad from her childhood. She also have the blog Hunting Mark where she often write about hunting & survival and camping.