Top 10 Ultralight Rods
for October 2022

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Fishing is a favorite pastime for many, whether it's fishing on a local lake, river or ocean, or fishing in freshwater ponds or streams. Today, anglers can choose from a variety of high-quality rods that can help them catch any fish. For those looking to go ultralight, this fishing gear is ideal. Our testing lab has evaluated ultralight rods over the years to bring you the 10 best rods you can buy in 2022.

When evaluating ultralight rods, our Lab looks for performance and ease of use. We score rods for how well they cast, detect bites, and stick when fishing. We also look for lightweight rods with comfortable grips, low-profile reels, and rods that are easy to store. We also look at rod technology, such as braided, multi-material or premium graphite rods.

Our best ultralight rods for 2022:

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PLUSINNO Ultralight Winter Ice Fishing Rod Reel Combo 28 inch. Medium Light Fast Action Multi-Species Spinning Ice Fishing Pole Tackle Walleye Perch Panfish Bluegill Crappie

PLUSINNO Ultralight Winter Ice Fishing Rod Reel Combo 28 inch. Medium Light Action Fast Multi-Species Spinning Ice Fishing Pole Tackle Walleye Perch Panfish Bluegill Crappie

by PLUSINNO
What We like

EVA Grips Designed for winterThis spinning rod features a with soft EVA and cork handle. this makes it just sturdy enough for durable use yet lightweight for convenience. Again, the rod has a EVA handle that offers superior grip even when the handle becomes wet.

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Product Features

  • Super Smooth PowerStainless steel guides with Ceramic inserts makes it more smooth and durable, avoids line sticking into the guides, minimizes friction while also enhancing sensitivity by transferring vibrations from the line through the guide to the rod and to your han
  • SENSITIVE & STRONGPLUSINNO Ice Spinning Rod offers durability and performance ideal for the serious ice angler. The fast action tip and High quality fiberglass on this ice fishing rod offer superior sensitivity and strength so you'll be able to feel every bite and haul in your catch.
  • DOUBLE LOCKING REEL SEATSturdy plastic reel seat with double locking structure is easy to assemble and disassemble, even kids can do it without any problem. while the ergonomically-shaped handle on this ice rod provides all-day comfort.
  • SUITABLE ROD LENGTH 2 rod sizes for choose: 27inch ML power and 28inch M power. The top ring is a domestic SIC anti-wound guide ring, which effectively reduces the winding of the wire; ML and M tonality to meet the different needs of fishing.
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Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod - 24 Ton Carbon Fiber Ultralight Fishing Pole with CNC Reel Seat, Portable Retractable Handle, Stainless Steel Guides for Bass Salmon Trout Fishing (2.1m/6.9ft)

Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod

by Sougayilang
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN - The OnlyBrave Telescopic Fishing Rod Is Portable, And Closed Length And Retractable Handle Design Allow You To Travel To Your Favorite Fishing Spot And Enjoy Fishing Whenever And Wherever You Want.

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Product Features

  • STURDY REEL SEAT - The CNC Machined Aluminum Reel Seat Is Light, Strong, And Corrosion Resistant, Locks Your Reel On Tight For Years.
  • ULTRALIGHT WEIGHT - Sougayilang OnlyBrave Telescoping Fishing Rods Are Made Of High Density 24 Ton Carbon Fiber And E-Glass Composite. It'S Ultralight Weight And Perfectly Balanced, Thus Less Fatigue.
  • EXQUISITE GUIDES - The Spinning Guides Is Made Of Stainless Steel For Tangle-Free Operation, Smooth Casting And RetrievingInserts For Use With Braided Or Mono Fishing Line And Providing Saltwater Approved Corrosion Resistant And Power Control.
  • BEST GIFT:Sougayilang Fishing Pole Is Perfect For Saltwater Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Or Kayak Fishing, For Bass, Trout, And Many Other Species.
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BERRYPRO Ultralight Spinning Fishing Rod, Travel Spinning Rod with Solid Carbon tip Fast Action, 2-8lbs, 1/32-1/8oz (6', 6'6'') (6'-Ultra Light-2pc)

BERRYPRO Ultralight Spinning Fishing Rod

by Berrypro
What We like

Professional Design - Precise data calculation makes the sensitivity and flexibility combined perfectly on this pole

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Product Features

  • Solid carbon tip & Sensitive - Berrypro Smart snipper fishing rods are constructed with solid carbon tip section and 36-ton X-Carbon technology blanks which gives the rods incredible sensitivity and light weight.These extremely light spin rods are perfect for crappie,trout,panfish,smallmouth bass,largemouth bass and many other fresh water species.
  • Quality Components- We use split reel seat with carbon fiber tube insert to make it comfortable to hold while reducing weight. Comfortable and high density EVA perfectly wraps the handle and split fighting butt, providing perfect balance and comfort
  • Excellent Performance - These new rods are perfect for ultralight or finesse fishing techniques. Enhanced Stainless steel fishing guide with ceramic ring makes it more smooth.Minimize friction between the line and the guide.The guides are precisely aligned, along the bottom of the spine of the blank,so when make a cast ,the sensitiity will be transferred from the line to the rod and then to your hand perfectly
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TFO 5.5 Foot 1-Piece Trout-Panfish Spinning Casting Rod, Ultralight Power

TFO 5.5 Foot 1-Piece Spinning Trout-Panfish Casting Rod

by TFO
What We like

Ultra Light powered rods are ideal for the most subtle presentations, ultra-light test lines and light lures. Ultra Light rods are ideal with light lures (1/32 to 3/8 oz) to load quickly and efficiently. These are standard rods in the panfish, crappie and small trout game.

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Product Features

  • The Pro Series Trout-Panfish rods are truly technical fishing tools built for fun fishing, perfectly at home with artificial lures, as well as cricket or worm under a cork. The roads are fast action blanks constructed with standard modulus carbon fiber material.
  • The rods include up-locking skeletal graphite reel seats and a green anodized trim ring. All rods include premium split cork grips and burl caps with Color ID to identify your rod's power.
  • The blanks are a moss green clear coat with gold appointments and topped with hard chrome anodized stainless-steel guides, minimizing weight and broken inserts.
  • Every Trout-Panfish series rod is designed and manufactured to deliver uncompromising performance and proven durability.
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Shakespeare USSP481UL/20CBO Ugly Stik GX2 1-Piece Fishing Rod and Spinning Reel Combo, 4 Feet 8 Inch, Ultra-Light Power

Shakespeare USSP481UL/20CBO Ugly Stik GX2 1-Piece Rod Fishing and Spinning Reel Combo

by Pure Fishing
What We like

Lightweight EVA grips provide comfort during lengthy fishing outings

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Product Features

  • 5:2:1 Ratio; 4 bearings
  • 4/8" Ultra light Spinning Combo
  • Fishing rod and reel combo ideal for anglers of all skill levels
  • Graphite and fiberglass construction offers lightweight durability and sensitivity
  • Clear Tip design delivers added responsiveness and strength
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Rosewood Ultralight Spinning/Casting Rod Cork Handle Fishing Rods Sensitive Solid Tip for Crappie, Trout, Panfish, Ultra-Light, 5-Feet 5.5-Feet 6-Feet (Spinning Rod, 1.5)

Rose&Wood Rosewood Ultralight Spinning/Casting Rod Cork Handle Rods Fishing Sensitive Solid Tip for Crappie

by Rosewood
What We like

4.Fore and Rear Cork Grips - It features full cork handles that provide good grip even when the rod is wet. This helps you have better control over the pole, especially at times when theres fish hooked at the other end.

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Product Features

  • 2.Sensitive Solid Tip - The graphite blank construction is strong, but its also sensitive enough to let you feel even the slightest bite. Its tested for quality and reliability to deliver the impressive performance in different water bodies.
  • 5.Best Ultralight Spinning Rods - Its a two-piece thats 5 5.5' 6 long and great for on-the-go fishing. Its simple to travel with, and its enhanced sensitivity helps beginners feel the bite much easier.
  • 3.Aluminum Oxide Guide Inserts - High-quality ceramic guide rings, minimize line friction, dissipates heat efficiently, can deliver longer smooth casts than other guides.
  • 1.ROSEWOOD TRACKER - 5' 5.5' 6' Ultra-Light Fishing Rod
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KastKing Resolute Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 6ft -Ultra Light - M Fast-2pcs

KastKing Resolute Fishing Rods, Rod Spinning 6ft -Ultra Light

by Eposeidon
What We like

ULTRA-SENSITIVE KastFlex IM7 CARBON BLANKS - KastKing Resolute fishing rods are designed to deliver tournament performance at a value price. Sensitive and powerful IM7 KastFlex carbon rod blanks give you a light rod ranging from ultra-light to heavy powers in 46 to 76 lengths. With KastKings Power Transition System, these incredible performance rods that feel like 1-pc rods are designed for all freshwater species and also fishing pole models for most inshore saltwater fishing rod needs.

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Product Features

  • AMERICAN TACKLE REEL SEATS - A fishing rod is only as good as its components, and if your fishing reel doesnt stay firmly in place, youll never be satisfied. KastKing insures solid reel placement by using only American Tackle, Bravo 2-pc reel seats on both casting rod and spinning rod models. These two-piece reel seats are light, durable and hold reels securely in place under the pressure of powerful fish. Casting fishing rod models include a trigger for improved performance and control.
  • GOLF-STYLE SUPERPOLYMER GRIPS SuperPolymer handles and fighting butts are comfortable, durable and exceptionally slip resistant giving you maximum control over your fishing pole in all conditions. These performance handles are normally only found on fishing rods costing much more, butKastKingincludes them on all Resolute spinning and baitcasting rods to deliver even more quality and value in this fishing rod performance series.
  • AMERICAN TACKLE MICROWAVE AIR GUIDES American Tackle has won numerous fishing tackle industry awards for their innovative MicroWave Air Guide Systems. These patented new fishing line guides improve casting distance and accuracy. Its why KastKing uses them on all Resolute fishing rods. The stainless-steel frames and Duralight top guide perform great with all fluorocarbon, monofilament and braided lines. Reach new distances with KastKing Resolute fishing rods and AT Microwave Air guides!
  • 27 DIFFERENT MODELS FOR ALL FISHING CONDITIONS If you need a freshwater rod fishing for crappie, or as a bass rod, trout rod, walleye fishing rod, or targeting pike, salmon or steelhead, there are Resolute fishing poles made for you. If you love inshore saltwater fishing, youll find a fishing pole model with the right length and action that you can count on. Youll be amazed at the exceptional value ofKastKingfishing rods.
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Zebco Spyn Spinning Reel and 2-Piece Fishing Rod Combo, Split-Grip Cork Rod Handle, Instant Anti-Reverse Fishing Reel, Size 10

Quantum Zebco Spyn Spinning Reel 2-Piece and Fishing Rod Combo

by Zebco/Quantum
What We like

SMOOTH: This reel features 3 bearings (2 + clutch), and smooth, all-metal gears. The rod provides you with light power and fast action, working with you to reel in your next prized catch!

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Product Features

  • VERSATILE USE: With a mono capacity of 135/6 and great for use with a line weighing 4-6 pounds and lures between 1/64-1/8 ounces. Use this combo when fishing for light species such as panfish and trout.
  • CONVENIENT COMBO: The Spyn Spinning open-cast fishing reel is paired with a 2-piece, 5.5-foot fiberglass rod, natural cork handle for a superior grip, and is pre-spooled with 6-pound Zebco Cajun Fishing Line so youre ready to go fishing today!
  • RELIABLE: The instant anti-reverse technology and changeable right/left hand retrieve used on this reel will enhance any fishing trip due to its smooth feel and reliability.
  • TRUSTED: Since 1954, Zebco Brands have helped people enjoy and discover the outdoors through fishing. Zebco products are warranted for a period of (1) year from date of original retail purchase against defects in workmanship and/or materials.
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Okuma Celilo Graphite Lightweight Ultra Light Trout Rods, CE-S-862ULa

Okuma Celilo Graphite Lightweight Light Ultra Trout Rods

by Okuma
What We like

Used by professionals worldwide

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Product Features

  • Sensitive Graphite Blank Construction
  • Stainless Steel Hooded Reel Seats
  • Made using the highest quality materials
  • 8'6'' Ultra Light action 2-6lb line rating
  • Aluminum Oxide Guide Inserts
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Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 7' - Ultra Light - 2pc

Ugly Stik Elite Spinning Rod 7'

by Pure Fishing
What We like

Cork handles provide comfort during lengthy fishing outings

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Product Features

  • Ugly Tuff one piece stainless steel guides provide maximum durability
  • Line Rating - 8-17 pounds
  • Ugly Tech Construction with added graphite for lighter weight and increased sensitivity
Curtis Weaver

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Curtis Weaver is a lifelong outdoorsman and hunter who loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others. A self-taught angler and hunter, Curtis has been fishing and hunting since he was a small child. He has spent countless hours in the woods and on the water and has developed a deep understanding of the natural world and the animals that live in it. Curtis is an accomplished outdoorsman who is equally at home in the woods or on the water, and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with others.

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