In this article, we will be giving you the low down on the best spinning rods available on the market today for under £150. All of these rods have been chosen by our team based on their performance, reliability and their popularity within the angling community – from beginners to the more experienced angler.

We hope this guide will help you narrow your choice down and help you find that perfect spinning rod.

Daiwa Whisker Spinning Rod

Image showing Daiwa Whisker Spinning Rod

Specification at a glance

  • High modulus carbon
  • Power progressive blank for fish control
  • Fuji K Guides
  • Fixed Fuji DPS reel seat
  • High grade cork handle with hybrid cork
  • Made in the UK

Angling Active says

The Daiwa Whisker is an iconic rod that has gained a massive following amongst game anglers and we can see why. The medium-fast action rod comes in various lengths and casting weights that will cover an array of lure fishing tactics. The UK built rods have a very responsive blank that is a delight to use and has enough backbone to keep you in control during the fight. The Whisker rod blank recovers quickly on the cast, which makes it a dream to cast with. The Fuji K guides are robust yet lightweight and are ideal for braid or mono use and the cork handle provides a bit of traditional flair. All in all, the Whisker is one of the best spinning rods we’ve had the pleasure of stocking.
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Abu Devil Spin Rod

Image showing Daiwa Whisker Spinning Rod

Specification at a glance

  • Light and resilient
  • Carbon composite blank
  • Cork handle
  • TS quality guides
  • Suitable for nylon or braided lines
  • Excellent value for money

Angling Active says

An ideal entry level spinning rod, the Abu Devil Spin is finished with a matte black finish. The progressive action blank is great fun when playing fish – the rod blank really bends over! The great thing about the progressive action is you can really let the rod do the work for you. We really like the fun factor that the Devil Spin brings to fishing and the added cork handle with blue collars is a nice touch on an entry level rod. 
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Greys GR70 Spin

GREYS GR70 SPIN

Specification at a glance

  • 3M Powerlux 500 blank
  • Full cork handle with rubberised cork at wear points
  • Single leg braid safe guides
  • 4 piece fast action design
  • Aluminium butt cap with laser engraved fin logo
  • Subdued teal green blank colour
  • Supplied in triangular cordura tube

Angling Active says

The flagship range of rods from Greys. The stunning GR70 range are really something else, the rod blank has a teal green finish which really makes the GR70 stand out from the crowd. The GR70 is a fast action rod that will see you punch a lure a long way and still have the power and backbone to set hooks easily and bully fish when required. The 4 section rod is great for transportation purposes, whilst not compromising the rod’s overall action. Fitted with single leg guides, this reduces the weight of the rod slightly making it a very comfortable rod to fish with all day. The single leg guides also help get the most out the rod’s action due to the minimalist guide whippings.
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Shakespeare Sigma Supra Spin

SHAKESPEARE SIGMA SUPRA SPIN

Specification at a glance

  • Slim and strong 24-ton carbon blank
  • 4 piece sections
  • Titanium oxide insert guides
  • DPS reel seat
  • High quality cork handle
  • Supplied in a cordura tube with partitions

Angling Active says

Another great entry level rod. The Shakespeare Sigma Supra spin rods are a lot of rod for the money! Coming equipped with a 24-ton slim carbon blank that provides you with a very crisp progressive action – makes it a fun fish playing tool. We really like the Titanium oxide insert guides, they are ideal for use with braided or mono mainlines. The DPS reel seat is a very nice touch and the butt cap provides enhanced protection when the rod is placed on the ground. A great lure rod at an affordable price or an ideal travel rod for those short spinning sessions.
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Shakespeare Agility 2 Spin

shakespeare agility 2 spin

Specification at a glance

  • High modulus carbon blank
  • Slim, lightweight and strong
  • 4 piece blank sections
  • DPS reel seat
  • Quality cork handle
  • Modern progressive actions and casting weights
  • Supplied in a cordura tube with partitions

Angling Active says

Easily recognised with its grey pearlised rod blank, the Agility 2 spin is a stunning looking rod. The rod range covers all lure fishing applications from perch to salmon! We really like the skeletal DPS reel seat which provides direct contact with the rod blank which gives a slight increase in sensitivity, ensuring you can feel the most finicky of takes. Like the Sigma Supra, the Agility 2 has a crisp progressive action thanks to it’s light and slim high modulus carbon blank. A great fish playing tool, that will be a nice weapon in the armoury for any lure angler.
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Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spin

SHAKESPEARE ugly stik gx2 spin

Specification at a glance

  • Graphite and Fibreglass construction creates a strong, yet sensitive rod with better balance
  • Graphite reel seat fitting
  • Newly designed guides provide maximum durability
  • 7 Year manufacturer warranty
  • The 9ft 15-60g and the 10ft 20-80g models are supplied with cloth bags

Angling Active says

One of the most iconic Shakespeare rods ever produced. Known for their strong, durable and reliable graphite construction, the Ugly Stik range is one of the most robust rods on the market! Shakespeare is that confident in their Ugly Stik range that they offer a 7-year warranty! Now that’s saying something! An ideal entry level rod that can take a bit of abuse. Ideal for the younger angler who is just trying to find their feet in the world of fishing.
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Daiwa Wilderness Spin

daiwa wilderness spin rods

Specification at a glance

  • Good range for a diverse mix of lure fishing
  • Medium fast action blanks
  • Low glare matt tape finish for improved weight and crisper actions
  • Stainless steel frame guides with lightweight LS rings
  • Cork handle and foregrip with Fuji DPS reel seat
  • Woven carbon butt frame with rubber butt cap
  • Hook keeper
  • Supplied with rod cloth bag for storage
  • 10ft, 20-60g model is 6pc travel version – supplied in cordura tube

Angling Active says

The Wilderness range is a beautiful range of rods, the slim and lightweight blanks provide a very crisp medium-fast action that we really like and can punch a lure a good distance, and with accuracy too. The blank itself has an ungrounded top section (rough natural state) and a grounded (smooth and lacquered) bottom section, this provides the Wilderness the backbone required to bully fish and the fast tip section for catapulting a lure to the horizon. We also like how it makes it easier to disassemble the rod during those wet fishing days. The stainless steel frame guides and LS rings are both mono and braid compatible and the Fuji DPS reel seat is comfortable in hand. The Wilderness range is very well built and travelling anglers will really like the 6 piece version.
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shimano stc mini tele spin

Specification at a glance

  • Telescopic design
  • Nano XT60 carbon blank
  • Shimano stainless steel hardlite guides
  • High quality and durable full cork handle
  • Shimano DPS reel seat
  • Supplied in a zipped rod tube with space for a reel

Angling Active says

The only telescopic rod to make our list and for good reason. When we first received the STC Mini tele spin, we were very impressed with the overall build quality of the rod. Telescopic rods have come along way since the 90’s and Shimano have not disappointed. The Mini Tele Spin can be packed away to a very small and friendly size. The Nano XT60 carbon blank is strong and this is further enhanced by the ungrounded blank finish. The Shimano hardlite guides, feel robust and are braid friendly too. This is an ideal rod for an opportunist angler who likes the great outdoors and are looking for those untapped secluded waters.
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Abu Garcia Diplomat Spin

abu garcia diplomat spin

Specification at a glance

  • 4 piece design
  • 24-ton graphite carbon blank
  • Quality reel seat
  • AAA cork handle
  • SS304 guide system
  • Supplied in cordura tube

Angling Active says

The 4 piece Diplomat offers anglers a travel-friendly rod at an affordable price. The Diplomat comes with a progressive action makes it a fun fish playing tool. What really impressed us is how the rod action is not compromised by the multiple sections, which can be the case in more affordable rods. If you’re looking for an affordable travel spinning rod that is not of the telescopic variety, then the Diplomat is hard to beat.
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OKUMA EPIXOR ROD

okuma epixor rod

Specification at a glance

  • Unique use of Bopp (Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene) Blank protection film
  • Slim, light and balanced blanks
  • 30 and 36T Korean carbon material
  • Unique lightweight ergonomic touch blank reel seats
  • AAA grade cork handles
  • Coil control guide system

Angling Active says

The Epixor is unique in its own right, as it comes with a protection film that covers the full rod blank, this will stop any unwanted damage to the rod blank during transportation or use. The Epixor comes with a fast action seen in most top-end spinning rods which we like! The skeletal touch blank reel seat not only reduces the weight of the rod but it also allows increased rod blank sensitivity, allowing you to pick up some of the subtlest takes/bites. The coil control guide system also aids casting distance. The guides are designed to keep the line away from the rod blank during the cast and reduce the size of the line coils by forcing them through a smaller first guide. This allows the line to pass through the guides more efficiently without any increased resistance being caused by the line slapping through larger guides or the rod blank itself. If you’re looking for something slightly different then the Epixor is definitely worth a look.
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