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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 John Sheehan on March 10, 2011 at 4:22pm
Comment by Glen Wagley on March 10, 2011 at 4:14pm
I've tried quite a few different lines. For soft water fishing I have used Trilene XL(clear and in green), Trilene Sensation, and Silver Thread Excalibur (all of these in 4 lb). Through the ice I've used Berkley Micro-Ice, Cajun Red, and Silver Thread Excalibur. I've pretty much settled on using Silver Thread Excalibur throughout the year. It is a copolymer line that is very abrasion resistant and has a small diameter. It is tough stuff. I could go lighter but most of the waters I fish have large channel cats in them that like to attack my bluegill offerings.
Comment by Derrick on March 10, 2011 at 4:08pm
What different types of line have you used?  Do you prefer the clear over the opaque ones.  Which do you consider the best for fishing in certain situations?
Comment by Glen Wagley on March 9, 2011 at 8:24pm
I have a 7 foot shimano UL vrod that I pair with a shimano symetre 1000 and 4 lb test. That is my main rig and I've caught everything from green sunfish and gills to largemouth bass and channel cats with it. Setting the drag for the line you are using is essential. Someone asked about Okuma. I have a Medium/Light FishEagle II from Cabelas with an Okuma Epixor 25b on it. I really really really like the Epixor and I will be buying another one this year. The drag is really smooth and it is a great overall reel. It has pulled in many a catfish, crappie, and bluegill as well.
Comment by Jeff Soto on March 9, 2011 at 7:49pm
ULTRALIGHT!  There is no better way (or fun way) to fish for our favorite fish, the Bluegill!  Where I fish here in southern California, you HAVE to use very light lines because of the clear water and finicky fish.  For us to catch a big Bluegill, crappie or Redear, we've had to learn how to use tiny jigs on 2 lb test line by also using the correct rods and ultralight spinning reels with extra-smooth drag systems.  Some of those giant panfish can really take off, especially the  Redears!
Comment by Lord of the Fly , Rods on March 9, 2011 at 6:55pm
I just wanted yall to know I too use ul equipment, not just a flyrod. I use a 5 ft graphite spinning rod,line weight 1-4 lbs,lure weight 1/16-1/4 oz, flurocarbon line, with different hi -speed retrive , lots of ball bearings spinning reels. This set up is what I use to chase smallmouth  in the Ozark rivers, I catch plenty of bluegill with this, sometimes bluegill think they are smallmouth and act like it. All my artificials are downsized bass lures, spinners ,spoons,jigs, and plastic worms. Micro-spins are my favorites. So whats your favorite ul lure.
Comment by Zach Pierce on March 9, 2011 at 1:03pm

Has anyone heard of Okuma and have thoughts on them?

 

Also are there any brands I should stay clear of?

Comment by John Sheehan on March 9, 2011 at 11:51am
Delete Comment Zack -Maybe get a rod rated  for 1-4 lb test in your price range and a second rod rated 2-6 and get a good reel with a spare spool  like a Pflueger .Use different line  strength on each spool and save money swapping reels until you can afford a second reel.
Comment by John Sheehan on March 9, 2011 at 11:39am

Trout fishing in a small creek with jumping fish up to a foot long with 2#test is a blast! I wouldn't mind at all hooking and landing bigger fish  on 2# test .It is a great feel with UL gear.

Derrick, I 'm sure more UL enthusiasts will be coming your way shortly. Thanks for starting the group.

Comment by Zach Pierce on March 9, 2011 at 11:36am

I need to get a few UL setups can anyone recomend a few options depending on what they are used for.

I would like to get a nice one but really prefer to buy an inexpensive setup that I can use for BG, as I do not have much to spend at this time.

Thanks

 

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