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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 David, aka, "McScruff" on May 22, 2014 at 3:49pm
Me, I like a 7' spin fly rod and a TRIGGER SPIN reel. My favorites are the Daiwa's, down-lined to 4# mono with 36" of fluoro leader.
Comment by Leo Nguyen on May 22, 2014 at 3:35pm

Hi Ralph. Received your message through the group message system.

What you have is more that sufficient to have fun on the water. Unless you have a budget to purchase the man's toys of choices, best just to enjoy with the low and mid end gears. Like you, I don't have much budget to play with. I stick with Quantuum Ultra Light Combo fast action, 4'8", with a micro reel. Aside from that, I grab some Bass Pro Shop $20 5'2" ultra light slow action for the jigging action, paired up with an old Shimano reel.

Depending on what you're fishing for, where at, site's conditions, and which method (jigging/fly/spoon/float/etc.), rod manufacturers provide you an edge in detecting/sensitivity, casting, and of course, reliability.

For me, I take with me most of the time my 4'8" and 5'2" fast action rods, paired up with a real that can support a minimum of 150 meters of 4lbs test lines just in case a large bass, carp, or catfish decided to play tug war with me. Smoothness of the reel is your preference. The more you spend, the higher quality of smoothness you'll get. However, if you budget only allows you to have mid end reel, $15 to $30 reel from Target/Walmart is more than sufficient. Pflueger President is pricey at mid end. Why not go for the Shimano Syncopate? Abu Garcia Cardinal is a fun reel to play with. I wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into some Okuma reels that are on sale either.

Comment by Rick Van Clief on July 12, 2013 at 5:53pm

Thanks Vince.  As it turns out all I had to do was scoll down a page or two and there were several reel suggestions.  Sorry - I'm still getting used to the layout of this forum.

Comment by Vince Fusco on July 12, 2013 at 12:09pm

I would recommend a Quantum Optix reel they run about 20 bucks and are a decent reel that will last a good while. For about 50 bucks you can get a Pfluger President reel. I have both reels and both will do well on a ultra lite rod. Shimanno makes some low end reels that run between 20-30 bucks, but I have not fished the newer ones, so I cannot say how good they are. As a rule, Shimmano's are good reels. 

Comment by Rick Van Clief on July 12, 2013 at 11:52am

Good afternoon everyone.  This will be my first post on this group.  I'm mostly interested in fly fishing (a member of that group too) and am pretty active over on the Fiberglass Flyrodders Forum.  I've been building flyrods using Lamson e-glass blanks that are intended for ultralight spinning rods and thought that as I have an extra one I'd make a spinning rod, too  It's a 5 foot long Forecast SPG-601, if that means anything to anyone, meant for 2-4lb test line and 1/16-3/16" lures.

 

I live in Central Florida and will be fishing lakes mostly from the shore or wading.  Is a 5' rod pretty much a normal size rod for that application?  If not, what would be a better length for the next one?  Is there an ultra-lite forum I can go to to learn about guide selection and spacing and how one does grips?  Finally, if anyone can recommend a lower middle class reel I would appreciate it.  Cost is definitely a factor with me.  In fact I have a bid in on an old Mitchel 304 - cute little thing.

 

A lot of questions from a new guy I know But I had to start somewhere.  I will be most thankful for any resposne.

 

Rick

Comment by John Sheehan on June 4, 2013 at 10:05am

Yes, Pflueger!! I enjoy my President and Supreme UL's

Comment by dick tabbert on June 4, 2013 at 9:12am

I did purchase three new rods this year as if I needed another rod. I bought a 6 1/2 foot ultra lite and a 7 foot ultra lite and an 8 foot ultra light. All with Pflueger reels and spooled with 2lb fluorocarbon. I'll report back later as I get into them. Then again I've been using my 5 footers so long I might not even like the longer rods I'll check back in later as I use them.

Comment by paul sach on May 1, 2013 at 3:59pm
Without a doubt the The Davy knot ..simple to tie and strong ...I have
Limited sight in my right eye and this knot save my fishing hobby ...can tie it almost by feel alone ....

Paul
Comment by Vince Fusco on January 18, 2013 at 7:09pm

One of my most fun ultra lights is my fist one, a 5' Diawa that is about 38 years old. I also own a 4' two piece Kunan rod that is a blast to fish with. 

Comment by Mark Sleeper on October 17, 2012 at 3:37am

Hi thanks for the welcome  Sleepy

 

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