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Many people—not just bass anglers—believe a product’s quality is best represented by its price point. Using such logic, something that costs $500 is better than something similar which costs $100, right? I’m not a big subscriber to this line of thinking and my experience with the Denali Jadewood Series Spinning Rod definitely reaffirms my beliefs.

I’ve been using this rod for several months and I’ve found it to be an outstanding balance between performance and price. Priced at just $99.99, it has offered me excellent value for a ridiculously low price.

Powerful, with right action

For the longest time, I’ve been using separate spinning rods for different applications. I primarily throw a shaky head on spinning gear and I usually have one rod for open water structure fishing and another for skipping docks and other shallow cover. The Denali Jadewood, however, has everything I need for both techniques.

I have the 7-foot, medium-heavy model and it has a very powerful backbone to it. I’ve used it a lot lately while targeting deep trees and brush piles and it does a great job of pulling the fish out and away from the cover. I’ve been using fairly light line, so I’m not using an enormous, come-off-the-floor hookset either—just a sharp, upward pull is all it takes to get the bass away from potential hang-ups and snags.

This model has also proven very effective for skipping docks. Shaky heads around docks is a great technique where I live when the weather is cold, and this rod has been great. It has a much softer and faster tip than my other medium-heavy spinning rods, which allows for very accurate and precise casts. Using a “whipping” motion is very important for this technique and this rod loads very well on the back cast and slings shaky heads into hard to reach areas.

Sensitivity matters

Whether you’re fishing around shallow cover or deep structure, you need to be able to feel bites. I know it sounds elementary, but so many spinning rods get “mushy” when you get a bite, which can put you at a disadvantage when targeting lethargic bass or fishing in the wind. So far, the Jadewood makes it very clear whenever I get a bite.

When I’m dragging a shaky head or light Texas rig along the bottom, I’m able to feel everything with this rod. So much of winter fishing is dependent upon finding hard bottom areas and it hasn’t been an issue for me. I can feel even the slightest transitions, gravel, shell beds or limbs when I’m fishing in deep water.

denali jadewood spinning rod has a wooden foregrip
This rod also features a Jadewood foregrip. Before using one, I always thought it was meant primarily for aesthetics, but it does much more than that. When I keep my index finger on the foregrip throughout my retrieve, it dramatically increases sensitivity. Keeping contact with something hard, directly attached to the rod blank allows for excellent sensitivity transfer—you’ll feel  a lot of your bites through the foregrip before feeling them with your rod tip.

The line guides are “just right”

denali jadewood series spinning rod line guides are a perfect size for bass fishing

I use a two join uni knot to connect my braided main line with my fluorocarbon leader and I’ve had some issues with it when using some other spinning rods. The line guides have been way too small, eventually weakening the knot and causing breakoffs. Not good.

These line guides are just the right size in my opinion. They’re small enough to reduce line slap and increase both accuracy and distance, but not too small as to beat your knot to death and cause heartbreaks.

Great grips

denali jadewood spinning reel has eva foam grips
I’m a huge fan of EVA foam grips for several reasons—they’re easier for me to grip in inclement weather and with fish slime on my hands, but more importantly they don’t stain my shirts.

I fish a bunch and after fishing all weekend with some types of cork grips, I’ve noticed a bunch of dark stains on the rib-area of my light-colored shirts. I’m no laundry expert, but I can’t get the darn things to come out for the life of me. These EVA foam grips don’t stain your stuff, so whenever a rod sports these grips, it’s an immediate attention grabber for me.

While some rods have big, EVA foam-covered rod butts, the Jadewood’s isn’t oversized. That may seem like a moot point to many of you, but it can come in handy if you’re a co-angler or even if you ride along in another buddy’s boat. Because of the rod butt’s small size, it fits very well in the co-angler rod storage area of bass boats. It slides easily into the notches and/or slots and you don’t have to wrestle with it each time you need to use it.

If you’re in the market for a killer shaky head, light Texas rig, wacky rig or even soft jerkbait rod, I think you should look into a Jadewood. I’ve had a great experience with mine and the $99 price point makes it that much more impressive.

The Denali Jadewood Series Spinning Rod is available at TackleWarehouse.com.

denali jadewood spinning rod with shaky head attached

21 thoughts on “Denali Jadewood Series Spinning Rod

  1. These are great rods for the price. Very durable and sensitive. I have two of them one for shaky heads and one for drop shot. They are a $200 quality rod for a $100 price tag. Cant beat them.

  2. The Jadewood series has a rod to handle every bait I throw. The best thing about them, they’re a great rod affordable enough to stock up for every technique.

  3. I have a Denali Jadewood 7′ mh shakey head rod like the rod used in the review. Spot on with the hardwood foregrip. I liked the concept of the idea when I saw it and found myself keeping my finger on it as well. When paired with braid and floro leader the sensitivity increases dramatically. You can honestly feel the bottom composition and the changes which is key to getting bites especially this time of year. Great rod and cannot beat the price for the quality! Great review.

  4. Hey guys I know about the spinning rod but has anyone used the casting rods I have had my eye on a couple and was wondering if anyone or Jason or walker have any insite on them any help would be great thanks.

    • The casting rods are awsome i have the topwater rod, and two crankbait rods, and a couple others and they are rhe best rods built hope this helps

  5. Ryan,
    to answer your question about the casting rods of the jadewood series, yes they are just as good or if not better than the spinning rods. Great rods for the price. I also have the rosewood series in the casting rods and they are even better than the jadewood series. Their spinnberbait model and crankbait model rods are some of the best I have ever used. They both have the best and softest tips on them and you don’t have many fish pull off a crankbait or spinnerbait with them when you hook them. Also the soft tips allow for accurate casting around cover to so you can put pinpoint cast in and around cover on the bank easily. They have good backbone to for fighting the fish and getting them to the boat.

  6. The full jadewood line is im7 don’t let that fool you right now is a great time be using the umbrella rig flipping rod @ 7-10 or punching mats heavyweights
    Lance roe

  7. Do y’all thing the med hvy would work for a drop shot rod. I live in TX and mostly throw shaky head on baitcasting gear. Thanks

  8. I purchased a mark Tyler multi 7 ft 4 rose wood awesome rod! I was so imprest with it and its quality that I have bought several more 12 actually in rose wood , jade wood and kover. These are some of the nicest rods I have ever used. He is right the med hvy 7ft spinning rod is great and the drop shot is a dream and I’m talking jade wood. If your hard working guy like me and every dime counts these jade Woods are worth checking out. I have not found one flaw to Complain about.

  9. What Denali spinning rod would you suggest for catching walleye especially since it demands serious sensitivity? Method I would use would be jigging & rigging, thanks!

  10. I’m very interested in the Jadewood Custom Shaky Head spinning rod but have a few concerns. I like to throw a shaky head on 12 lb braid with 10 lb flouro leader with a 1/8 oz jig size. I’ve noticed it’s rated for a minimum of 1/4 oz bait and was wondering what the effect would be? Is the Med-Heavy too much backbone for the 1/8 oz finesse size? Thanks.

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