Americas Fascinations with Fishing, Fishing Rods and Reels

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife–Associated Recreation, the national economy received $45 billion in retail sales generated by 30 million anglers. The net result was a $125 billion economic impact and jobs for more than one million people. Fishing is a huge industry, and widely popular. the American public is fishing for information and the best gear.

American Sportfishing Association AnglerSurvey of U.S. fishing shows the top 5 fish species targets for February 2011. The top 5 freshwater species are Largemouth or spotted bass, Panfish, Trout, Perch and Walley. The top 5 saltwater species are Redfish, red drum, channel bass; spotted seatrout or weakfish; striped bass; Halibut and Sheephead. The survey also shows the retail percentage of sales was 7.2% for rods, 15.5% for reels, and 18.7% for combos.

According to the number of International Game Fish Association World Records in 2007:

Top 5 Fly Fishing Rods
1. Sage Fly Rods ( has produced 75 world record setting fly rod winners.
2. G Loomis ( has netted 24 world records.
3. Thomas & Thomas ( has 18 world record wins.
4. Orvis fly rods have won 14 world records.
5. Redington ( has won 7 world records.

Top 5 Best Fly Fishing Reels brands
1. Abel with 56 world records (
2. Tibor with 50 world record wins (
3. Orvis with 10 world record wins (
4. Ross with 10 world record wins (
5. Fin-Nor with 8 world record wins (

Bass Pro Top Sellers include casting/trigger rods Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Extreme® Trigger Rods, Abu Garcia® Vendetta Trigger Rods, and St. Croix® Mojo Bass Trigger Rods

Rod and reel combo bestsellers include bait casting, offshore, spin casting, spinning, surf fishing and trolling combos. Among the top baitcasting fishing poles and reel combos are the Quantum Code Series Freshwater Low-Profile Baitcasting Fishing Combo and the Okuma Great Lakes Trolling Rod / Reel Combo. Top rated spincasting fishing rods and reel combos includes the Zebco Platinum Spincast Fishing Combo. includes information on techniques and fishing rods and reels.