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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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Latest Activity: Jul 27, 2018

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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 carl hendrix on May 22, 2014 at 8:38pm

I have several reels;; from diawa micro mini;s  zebco classic micro;s; a daiwa  1000; that I just loved.  all of them very inexpensive;  and a ton of fun.  right now im using a quantum; Q-VECT;; small; fits in the palm of your hand; smooth gears and so far;; excellent to use. most of my spinning rods are fenwicks 7 foot. like tooty;; I have had several shimano;s;;   but I like the quantum reel better. I just like the small stuff;; and I have caught a lot of very large fish with them;  but I prefer fly fishing to any thing!  generally; I keep 5 or more rods on my boat; set up for different types of fish; should the occasion arise.

Comment by Tony Livingston on May 22, 2014 at 8:06pm

I think a lot of it comes down to what makes you happy. If you're idea of fishing is putting strong numbers of bluegills on the bank or in the boat, then you may want gear that allows you to winch em' in with a minimum of problems...If you get snagged on a ground-driven manure spreader that's been down there since the late thirties, you need the tackle that lets you rip the sideboards off and get back to fishin'.....been there myself.

If you're fishing gin clear water with spooky bluegills, you may need something else, and a different approach oftentimes calls for different equipment.

You can have a lot of fun with one, all purpose rod. But I firmly believe having different setups allows you a certain flexibility that is important when you're idea of bluegill fishing centers around selective targeting, or finesse presentations, rather than mass numbers.

I don't see any need to break the bank either. But, If expensive equipment makes you happy, then I think that will translate into greater success on the water, and I see nothing wrong with that.

Comment by DAVID L EITUTIS on May 22, 2014 at 7:27pm

YA know guys I've been using Shimano  Sedona's for years now . Have experienced a problem with two of em in the last couple months . The bail springs get week and even closing the bail manually , as I've always done, they just don't seem to go all the way closed for some reason. Thinking about switching back to Penn's and see how they are .........

Comment by Jeff Workman on May 22, 2014 at 7:26pm
I have several different rods and reels from barely into double digit$ to seriously into triple digit$. The longer rod and more expensive reels are marginally better for many things; but you can have just as much fun with a short rod and inexpensive reel. The main thing is getting out there to use them.
Comment by Tony Livingston on May 22, 2014 at 6:10pm

Pflueger is my choice of reels also. I have several, Including Triton's, Presidents, and Supremes. Not a bad one in the bunch, and they make a reel for nearly every budget and application.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on May 22, 2014 at 5:03pm
Chevy vs. Ford, Leo.
Comment by John Sheehan on May 22, 2014 at 5:03pm

Sounds great Jim ! I got a great deal (30 bucks off ) on the Sensilite rod  .

Comment by Jim Gronaw on May 22, 2014 at 4:44pm

Nice setup, John. I have several of the Presidents and they are sweet for the money.

One of my favorite UL rods is an older Bass Pro Micro Lite at 6 ft, the older brown colored rods. I have broken this rod at the ferrel, but attached and epoxied it together and now serves as a sweet 5-8 UL that is a hoot on anything that swims. Just missed banking a teen class carp last week at Pymatuning on this and 4 lb test. I also, for a short stick, like the 5-6 UL two piece from Dick's Field and Strem line of freshwater rods.

Both of these are great budget sticks that will cover many panfishing bases. I am anxious to try the new 10-6 Russ Baily 'Crappie Wizard' from B&M Poles that was graciously given to me for a field test and report from the crappie pros last week at Pymatuning. I will likely use it as a drop-shot rod for hauling summer bulls from deeper vegetation. Can't wait!

Comment by John Sheehan on May 22, 2014 at 4:24pm

Catching 11-13.5 " Crappie on a Shimano Sensilite ,matched with a Pflueger President UL Reel spooled with 2# test and fishing a 32nd oz. Buck tail jig /Twister tail .

Comment by Leo Nguyen on May 22, 2014 at 3:59pm

Ahhh..gloves off David ;-)

Tooty's semi-indestructible 5'8" Wonderods, paired with Quantum Bill Dance's signature series ultralight reel. Spare White Water 7'8" Dogwood Canyon rod to pair up with the Pflueger micro spinning reel, both preloaded with 4lbs braided lines. Waste of money for braided line this small, but fun none the less. Of course, I also bring my two Okuma fly reels to play when when there's sufficient space and wading depths.

Fishing is about gain extra experience. Gears may count only as 5% of the total mastery of your fishing skills. My kids and wife dance around me like I'm an idiot when it comes to fishing.

 

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