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Ultralight Fishing Fun Fishing

This group is for anyone who is hooked on using ultra light equipment.

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What are your favorite lures for Bluegill and Redears? 18 Replies

While using ultralight rods and reels, what artificial baits do you use, and what are your favorites and why?Continue

Started by Jeff Soto. Last reply by Slip Sinker Jul 27, 2018.

TFO. FW - Fly/Spin 17 Replies

Been looking at TFO offering a combination fly /spin 6'0 med flex rod was wondering if anyone has any experience with this combo rod, I've handled combination rods b4 but they didn't feel like a fly…Continue

Started by paul sach. Last reply by hill country Feb 1, 2016.

What rod length do you prefer? 52 Replies

I have used ultralights for years and I started out with the usual 5 footers. They work great and they surely have their place. However, the past year or so I have stepped up to rods measuring…Continue

Started by Mo Fish. Last reply by JBplusThuy Dec 9, 2015.

What makes UL truly UL? 3 Replies

I got to thinking about this from a reply I made in the rod length discussion. With my most recent line replacement, my lightest line from a specified pound test perspective is 6# and that is…Continue

Started by Andy is OptiMystic. Last reply by Slip Sinker May 12, 2015.

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Comment by Mark McKinney on May 8, 2011 at 6:26am
u will love that rod over your walmart rod! i promise, i had one and it was a great rod but now i use fenwick rods most of the time but never used a browning reel but i got a buddy that swears by them browning reels..so let use know how you like it after your first use and good luck with the big gills
Comment by Mike Davis on May 7, 2011 at 8:53pm
I have decided to spend some money this year. I bought a Bass Pro Bionic blade rod.And a Browning fishing Citori spinning reel. I got that one because I liked the name. You know product reconition. So Ill see if there is any difference in this setup and my old fathful walmart special $19.99
Comment by Rob Hilton on April 28, 2011 at 10:51am
The Palomar Knot comes close to 100 percent efficiency when tied properly... The Jansik Special is considered by some to be a stronger knot but it's considerably harder to tie. A lot of fisherman use the Improved Clinch Knot... although very popular (I used to use it prior to going with the Palomar) something to remember... this knot only tests out to about 95 percent of the breaking strength of the line you are using... for the 'Ultra Lite' guys out there if you are using very fine mono etc... (lines under 4lb Test).... the experts recommend doubling the line over before tying this knot... the problem with this becomes evident when you are using very small jigs... even with 4lb test when you double the line over it can be difficult to get it through the eyes of the lure...
Using very light line and tying the Improved Clinch without doubling the line over cuts it's strength efficiency down to about 85 percent... (not very good) Although this knot works very well in lines above 6lb test... I would advice those interested to learn to tie the Palomar... easy to tie and incredibly strong... 'IF TIED PROPERLY... There is considerable heat created when drawing down any knot.... Use lots of spit to maintain any knots integrity... To have that Bluegill of a lifetime on... and lose it to a failed knot... take it from me... you don't want to know what that is like. Good Fishing...
Comment by Billy Fason on March 26, 2011 at 3:28pm
I prefer the Palomar Knot on all my terminals.  Gives me double strength at the hook itself and has always worked for me on most lines.  Simple to tie and quick. 
Comment by Derrick on March 20, 2011 at 8:07am

I've got an older daiwa rod/reel combo, don't know the model numbers, that is very very "ultra light"..  I only use the rod in certain circumstances because it has a really flimsy action.  For those of us who use the Shakespear Micro Spin, imagine more ultra light than that.  It is 5' long, fiberglass, and very used.  It was semi new when I got it back in the 80's and I put a Shimano reel on it. The Shimano has a self centering mechanism, where the Daiwa did not.  I use this setup when I fish certain little ponds.  This rod is not my main setup but it is still a "go to"  in the mix of combos that I use.

Comment by James Micheal Landrum on March 19, 2011 at 7:12pm
Mark, my Rods areShakespeare are Micro Spin 4.6 Ft, my rig throws quite well with it , especially from the front of my 14 FT Aluminacraft Boat!!!!!!!
Comment by Mark McKinney on March 19, 2011 at 6:27pm
i use a fenwick hmg 5' rod rated 1-6 pound and 4 lb line and a abu garcia 300u reel which i love very much it holds 100 yrds of 4lb very small reel my set u is a little pricey but as long as i have been ul fishing i finally deserve i nice nice set!  well that what i tell my wife anyway 
Comment by James Micheal Landrum on March 19, 2011 at 6:14pm
Hi Y'all , I have 3-Shakespeare Micro Spin UL's, I use 4-6 LB test Trilene with a Thrill Cork ! I caught a 12"-6" Red Ear last week. As soon as I get the Mount back I'll send a Photo of the Finished Product--- Can't Wait
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 11, 2011 at 4:04am

Zack asked about Okuma - its a top brand. Dont be concerned with their quality.

 

As for UL fishing, its the kind I've done the most over the years.

I favor the graphite rods and spinning gear - my little Shakespeare 4.5' outfit is a favorite.

Comment by John Sheehan on March 10, 2011 at 4:25pm
2lb brown line .Bought a bunch years ago .Abu Garcia made it a long time ago. Never see this color any more . Hard to see 2# test but it is my prefered line for small streams that run brown colored water .
 

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