Do you love big bluegill?
I use several 12' UL spinning rods with great success. I use size 20 spinning reels spooled with 8 or 10# super braid. I put on a #12 black Crane swivel at the end of the braid and tie a 1' or so piece of fluoro on as a leader. When fished vertically, the pannies typically hook themselves on the small jigs (1/80, 1/64, 1/48, 1/32) that I use.
I suggest you try Bass Pro Crappie Maxx Mighty Lite or Signature rods OR the B'&M rods from Cabela. All are well made and affordable. Please note that if the description says "pole", it most likely has micro-guides that are fine for vertical fishing but not great for casting distance. If the description says "rod", it usually will have larger diameter guides to facilitate casting.
I have, and use, both UL rods & poles.
Have several 8 foot spinning rods made on 8 foot fly rod blanks, both carbon and fiberglass. The carbon ones are made on 4 and 6 weight blanks. Don't know what the fiberglass ones are made from but they are Walt Foreman rods. All of them are custom built and I love them. Do all my fishing with them not only for panfish but walleye and bass.
...i like the fast action UL better also...
im surprised you dont own a 5-6... IMO most Fun Factor for the buck.
Nice, I fished Tenkara, Keiryu and Seiryu . Been using fixed line methods for over the last four seasons. Last two seasons been about 80% micro fishing using a Shimotsuke Kosasa in 180 and 210. Good to have company