Spinning rods are made from graphite or fiberglass with a cork or PVC foam handle. They typically range from 5 to 8.5 feet long and they have anywhere from 5 to 8 large diameter guides arranged along the underside of the rod to help control the line.
Spinning reels utilize a fixed spool that is normally mounted below the rod. They are typically used for lighter tackle such as live bait or smaller lures, however, with new technology and the creation of braided line, more and more anglers are using spinning tackle for bigger lures and bigger fish. Spinning reels also solved the problem of backlash, as they do not have a rotating spool to overrun and foul the line.