Awesome American Made ODM Surf Rods Review

It may be hard to believe, but yes there are still a few American Made fishing rod companies. The ODM surf rods from OutDoor Monkeys, LLC of Jersey City, New Jersey are a prime example. ODM Rods were first introduced to the public in 2015 and since, have built a reputation for the highest quality, with the most advanced materials and technologies. ODM surf Rods are hand crafted at their Fairview, New Jersey facility and each one is then thoroughly hand tested and inspected before it leaves the warehouse.

I know full well that there are a lot of fishing rods on the market, and most of them come from China, Japan or Taiwan. We’ve reviewed many of them in other articles. Rods by the likes of Okuma, Penn, Daiwa and Tsunami. But, unlike all of those, ODM Surf Rods are built here in the USA. So, if you are looking for a high end, high quality, American Made Surf Rod, ODM Surf Rods could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Awesome American Made ODM Surf Rods Review 2021 - Young lady carrying an oversized redfish that she caught using her ODM Surf Rod.

Quick Shot:

ODM Surf Rods are a high qualtiy American Made line of saltwater and surf rods built in Fairview, New Jersey for their parent company OutDoor Monkeys, LLC. Designed from the ground up for fishing the big waters of the surf from the beach, jetties or inlets. The line up includes the Frontier X, Jigster, and new for 2021, the D.N.A. and the Genesis. All are available in a variety of lengths and actions to fit your saltwater and surf fishing needs. A premium line of rods for the serious surf angler made from the finest materials and latest technologies. Overall rating of: 94 out of 100.

The ODM Rods Story

ODM Surf Rods Review - ODM Rods Logo
  • Address: 15 Commercial Ave Unit B,
  • Fairview, NJ 07022
  • Phone: (201) 243-3343
  • Website:

ODM is a premium fishing tackle brand under its parent company OutDoor Monkeys, LLC. They are a small company that engineers, develops and distributes high end surf and boat rods as well as other premium fishing products. ODM specializes in surf rods & jetty rods, boat rods, and other fishing accessories. Their mission is to provide the highest quality fishing products to help anglers maximize their fishing experience.

The ODM team’s commitment goes beyond building great products. They are passionate about fishing and most of all providing great services to their customers. ODM is here to serve you! ODM premium products are sold through authorized dealers. As always, they welcome and encourage dealers and custom rod builders who would be interested to partner with them in pursuit of the ultimate in fishing tackle excellence.

The sourcing of materials and components for ODM Rods all starts first in Jersey City, NJ USA. There are many components, equipment and processes that go into building the blanks. Components such as selecting raw carbon material, nano fiber, resin & nano resin, mandrel, rod eyes etc. It is really a global process to create and acquire the ODM proprietary materials for ODM blanks. Each family of rods is carefully conceptualized, designed and tested in NJ with the assistance of Team ODM.

The most important material, Carbon/graphite pre-preg (proprietary) for the blanks are supplied from several sources around the world, primarily from Japan. Once the proprietary pre-preg materials are finalized and produced, the blanks are finally rolled under the highest industry standards of quality control — and the process is closely monitored within our carefully selected overseas factories in China, Japan, and Taiwan, depending on the model at this time. Once the blank is rolled, a many rounds of design, building and testing of the complete surf rod takes place. All premier ODM rods are carefully designed, hand built, and tested in US.

ODM Surf Rods review - fisherman fighting a fish from the jetties using an ODM Jigster surf rod.

ODM D.N.A. Surf Rods

ODM D.N.A. Surf rods are engineered to give you the best combination of performance and value! They are Built with ODM’s proprietary carbon nano technology to battle the toughest game fish that roam the waters. Featuring Fuji tangle-free Alconite K-Guides with NGC layout to maximize the performance expected of D.N.A. And, they include custom spiral non-slip fore grip and split butt grip for extra comfort and ergonomic power.

As a result, you get a long casting surf rod with a crisp fast recovery and moderately fast action that is perfect for throwing a wide variety of baits and lures. Everything from Swim baits, pencil poppers, buck tail jigs to Spoons and more. ODM’s D.N.A. Surf rods, the new era of value and performance.

ODM D.N.A. Surf Rods

ODM D.N.A. Surf Rod Features:

  • Carbon Nano technology with proprietary layering and patterning process
  • 2 piece: 60/40 split – Design to flex and behave like 1 piece rod
  • Top manufacture Components – Fuji tangle free Alconite K guides and ODM custom ergonomics reel seat.
  • Custom Spiral Grip – Comfortable non-slip fore grip and split butt grip.
  • Built on Fuji New Guide Concept layout
  • 1 Year limited warranty
ODM D.N.A. surf rod customer review

ODM Frontier X Saltwater Surf Spinning Rods

ODM Frontier X surf rod series utilizes advanced nano technology and newly developed materials. They took the best qualities found in their previous models and made the Frontier X even better. This series incorporates ODM proprietary MMCN™(Multi Modulus Carbon Nano) technology with 1K carbon woven finish for ultra-light and ultra-strong rod with a modern look… “you will see and feel the difference”.

As a result, the ODM Frontier X surf rod is a sensitive, well-balanced rod with progressive load distributions throughout the length of the rod. This makes for a long casting, ultra strong rod with the power to handle big fish but light enough to cast all day without fatigue. It features a moderate fast action that is perfect for a wide variety of baits and lures.

ODM Surf Rods Review - the ODM Frontier X Surf Rod

ODM Frontier X Surf Rod Features:

  • Top manufacture components – Fuji tangle free K guides & Fuji deluxe ergonomics & DPSD* reel seat
  • MMCN™ technology with unique layering and patterning procesS
  • 2 piece with 70/30** split – Design to flex and behave like 1 piece rodAnti-twist design – Help prevents rod from twisting giving greater hook setting and fighting power
  • Built on Fuji New Guide Concept
  • 1 Year limited warranty
  • 1K Carbon Woven – Modern outside layer that provides strength, durability and help protects from outside elements
ODM Surf Rods Review - Frontier X customer review 5 out of 5 stars

ODM Jigster Saltwater Surf Rods

“The ODM Jigster”, as name implies is designed to excel in fishing jigs in deep, fast moving waters such as those found in the Cape Cod Canal and other breachways, jetties & inlets. To accomplish this, Team ODM has engaged some of the most achieved and experienced Cape anglers for their guidance in the development of this rod. To effectively turn big fish in the swift waters of Canals and passes is no walk in the park, and they knew they had to “get it right”.

After extensive research, diligence, and testing, the “ODM Jigster” was born. The Jigster series incorporates advanced carbon material with ODM’s unique pattern design with sensitivity and long distance cast ability. The Jigster delivers the capabilities of all-time favorite jigging and bottom fishing rods while incorporating new technologies to cut down on weight while maintaining an extremely powerful backbone.

As a result, the ODM Jigster Surf Rod is the ultimate in jigging rods. Extremely strong and powerful to fight and land fish in fast currents with the sensitivity to feel every move of your jig throughout the rod. The Jigster is a very long casting rod that is light enough for a full day of fishing without wearing out your arms.

ODM Surf Rods Review - The ODM Jigster Surf Rod.

ODM Jigster Surf Rod Features:

  • Advance carbon technology with unique layering and patterning process for the ultimate jigging application
  • 2 piece with 50/50 split – Design to flex and behave like 1 piece rod
  • Anti-twist design – Giving ultimate jigging application with greater hook setting and fighting power
  • Top manufacture components – Fuji tangle free K guides & Fuji Deluxe DPS reel seat (Spinning) & Fuji Deluxe Trigger reel seat (Conventional)
  • Built on Fuji New Guide Concept (Spinning)
  • 1 Year limited warranty
ODM Surf Rods Review - ODM Jigster Customer review 5 out of 5 stars.

ODM 2021 Genesis Surf Spinning Rods

NEW for 2021 the ODM Genesis Surf Spinning Rods – “All New and Improved”. Born from the search for nearly effortless casting experience, the ODM Genesis Surf Rods have revolutionized the arsenal of the modern Surfcaster. In the development of an ultra smooth casting, sensitive and powerful combination of technology and quality, with a moderate parabolic bend and fight, the all-new ODM Genesis Surf Rods bring the surfcaster the next level of advanced technology with the highest quality materials…

Lighter, stronger, and an effortless casting experience. The ODM Genesis has perfected. “Let the rod do the work”. The new Genesis incorporates ODM’s proprietary CNF2™ (Carbon Nano Fiber Ver. 2) technology with 1K weave butt section in a completely re-engineered blank, multi-layered nano carbon, and high quality components. The ODM Genesis has been engineered from the ground up for surfcasters who demand the latest engineering and cutting edge technology.

ODM Surf rods review - ODM Genesis close up photo of the Fuji eyes used and the quality craftsmanship of the ODM rods

And, as a result, the ODM Genesis Surf Spinning rods are ultra sensitive with the power and strength to handle large fish. The Genesis surf rods deliver extremely long casting with smooth moderate actions to cut effortlessly through the wind and toss a wide variety of lures and baits all while light enough to minimize angler fatigue.

ODM Genesis Surf Spinning rods

ODM Genesis Surf Spinning Rod Features:

  • CNF2 Technology with multi-layering and patterning process
  • Anti-twist design – Help prevents rod from twisting giving greater hook set and fighting power
  • 2 piece with 50/50 split – Design to flex and behave like 1 pc rod
  • Reinforced with 1K woven butt section for extra strength, durability and help protects from outside
  • Multi-Modulus/Multi-layered nano technology to provide Parabolic fighting advantage
  • Fuji tangle free K guides
  • custom ODM deluxe ergonomics reel seat and Fuji BRC
  • 1 Year limited warranty*
ODM Surf Rods Review - Genesis customer review 5 out of 5 stars

ODM Surf Rods Comparison

In the table below, you will find a side by side comparison of the ODM Surf Rods. This will give you a quick overview of the different models. If you think you might be interested in ODM Surf Rods, you can check them out for yourself by clicking the button below the table. After all, it is your money and your fishing style and situation, so only you really know what’s best for you.

ODM Surf Rods review - ODM Surf Rods Comparison chart

Grab an ODM Surf Rod and Go Fishing

If you are a serious surf fisherman and like using premium gear, you should give ODM Surf Rods a try. They ain’t cheap, so they’re not for the budget minded. It’s like comparing a Cadillac to Hyundai. They will both get the job done, but the Cadillac is much more comfortable and American Made. Also, you will likely get more years of service from the ODM Surf Rods and you can cast further and fish longer with their lighter and more advanced materials. And, you will be supporting an American Company and helping keep jobs here instead of overseas.

As always, stay safe, enjoy the journey and please try to leave it cleaner than you found it. If you have any comments, questions, ideas or suggestions please leave them in the comment section below and I’ll get back to you asap. You can follow us on Facebook: Rex The Beach Angler, Instagram: thebeachangler7, Twitter: @AnglerBeach, and YouTube: Man Art Creations.

ODM surf rods review - Young lady ready to make a cast with her ODM Frontier X surf rod.

2 thoughts on “Awesome American Made ODM Surf Rods Review”

  1. I’m looking for a surf rod for my son’s birthday. He is an avid fisherman fishes a lot of tournaments. He is currently using a 9ft mojo surf to throw lures. He finds it a little stiff. Mostly throws metal but also plugs and sp minnows. I am considering the odm 9ft rods but don’t know which would be better: the DNA or the genesis. I’d appreciate your input. Thanks, Fred.

    • Hi Fred,

      If your son finds the Mojo surf to be a little stiff, he may find the ODM Genesis to be a little stiff as well since both are medium action rods. I would recommend the ODM D.N.A with its moderate fast action. It’s designed for casting lures long distances in the surf and still has the backbone to fight and land big fish. If you go to tackledirect, they give you a 30 day refund or exchange period. Just be sure to not remove the tags and save the original shipping box.

      I hope that helps. Let me know what he thinks.



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