A 7’ – 8’ long spinning rod works best in most trout fishing situations. This is a good general purpose length for fishing from either the shore or a boat.
Below we will discuss in more details on the best length rods for different types and styles of spinning for trout. We will discuss fishing from the shore and boats and how different rods lengths might suit specific needs better.
The main advantages of a long rod include longer casting distance, more leverage when fighting fish and the ability to lift greater amounts of line off the water. Many fishermen also find fighting fish on a longer rod is more fun. Downsides are that long rods are heavier and harder to cast in confined spaces.
The advantages of short rods is that they offer a better weight to power ratio. This can make setting the hook easier. They are also lighter and easier to use in cramped spaces. Some fishermen also find them easier to cast accurately.
Best trout spinning rod length for shore fishing
When there is sufficient casting room from the shore, you can get away with a normal length spinning rod. So when fishing from the beach or open rivers, a standard 6’6’’-8’ long rod would suit most fishing needs. I personally prefer a 7ft rod when lake fishing.
This length of rod is popular because it is a good compromise between cast speed, strength and weight. Allowing for long casts and good backbone to control the fight. It is also not too long to be cumbersome to net fish with while holding.
If after a rod recommendation, I suggest the 6’6′ or 7ft version of the TFO Trout-Panfish TPS Spinning Rod in , it is very sensitive lightweight rod which is as good as any rod on the market. When fished with lightweight and a smooth reel it casts like a rocket.
When fishing a lot of tight water around overgrown shorelines. A long rod can be a hindrance if there is not enough room for full rotation casts. In such situations, a shorter rod of around 4’6″-5’5″ in length can be beneficial. A short rod is also easier to push through thick vegetation with.
One downside, fishermen struggle to cast long distances with a short rod. If distance is still important, then a 5’5” is a suitable compromise. For a tough, no-nonsense spinning rod which is affordable enough to treat rough then I recommend the Shakespeare Micro Spinning.
Best spinning rod length for boat fishing?
You can fish with almost any size rod from a boat with most trout fishermen using a rod between 7 and 8 feet in length. This length allows for long casts or to be used for trolling.
When jigging, a slightly shorter rod is recommended. With a length between 6’6” to 7’6”.
When fishing from a small boat which is short of casting space then a shorter rod is better in cramped spaces. For a boat fishing road, I again suggest the TFO Trout-Panfish TPS Spinning Rod.
Best rod length for trolling?
Popular length of trolling rods is between 7 to 9ft. Longer rods are popular when trolling multiple rods to increase the spread of the lures behind the boat. The sweet spot seems to be between 7’6” to 8.
Best trout spinning rod length for kayak fishing
There is to train of thoughts for rod lengths when fishing from kayaks. There are fans of extra long rods, but also equally vocal supporters of short rods. Over the years, I have owned and fished both. Overall, I am more a fan of the shorter rods, but both lengths have their advantages.
The fans of the long rods favor them because the length allows them to move the line across the bow of the boat. Allowing the fish to be fought on either side of the kayak. The downsides of a long rod when kayak fishing is that netting the trout becomes difficult.
The supporters of the short rods favor them because they are simply easier to fish with. The short rod lengths makes changing terminal tackle much easier. Short rods are also easier to store inside hatches and are less likely to bump into overhead branches when paddling close to the shore.
Our recommendation for a kayak fishing rod is the Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod. It is affordable, durable and comes in a range of sizes. Kayak fishing is tough on equipment. The Shakespeare is cheap enough to abuse but is a surprisingly nice rod to use.
Best trout spinning rod length for children
Children’s fishing rods are normally very short. Some are even under 4ft in length. Such a length makes them difficult to cast. Children need shorter and lighter rods than adults but not to such extremes. I suggest a rod between 4’6″-5’5″ is good for a small child. Teenagers and taller children can fish with full length rods.
There are some truly terrible rods marketed to children. So if budget allows, ignore the marketing and purchase a short fibreglass rod. Graphite rods are simply too fragile to survive how roughly some children treat their gear. For example the Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod offers great value for money and is a good first rod.