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#3242286 - 05/08/13 03:49 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: jb3]
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#3242331 - 05/08/13 05:13 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: jb3]
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Registered: 01/29/03
Posts: 675
Loc: Flat Rock, Alabama

I have an Okuma Celio ultralight trout rod I bought off Amazon for arounf thirty dollars. Actually I have three of them and I absolutely love them. I have pfluger presidents on them.
#3242359 - 05/08/13 05:47 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: 416wbymag]
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Registered: 04/07/08
Posts: 630
Loc: West SSiiide Putnam Co.

i konw your looking for a 6 ft rod, but heres my ultra light 4' 6" g-loomis SR541 rod w shimano 500 reel, the rod is unbelievebly light and super sensitive. perfect for trout and panfish. i fish with it on the caney all the time on certain seasons....super fun.
i would stay away from rear drag reels, they are junk by design

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#3242449 - 05/08/13 07:57 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: shorefisherman]
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Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 1373
Loc: Hardin Valley

Thx guys, I will take a look at those rods, I think I might have a reel lying around somewhere.

And yes Robert, I will be up the hopefully Friday...
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#3242484 - 05/08/13 08:29 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: shorefisherman]
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Registered: 09/30/05
Posts: 6862
Loc: Knoxville, TN

I use a light to a medium 5'6" thru 7' rods on the Clinch for trout now. I lost some of the biggest trout of my life using ultralight rods and reels out there that were well over the 10 lb range. However, for most of the trout caught in the 14-18 inch range, the ultralight would be perfect. I have a 5'6" St. Croix ultralight with an Okuma Stinson 20. The drag is the smoothest I've found at the $30 price range. My go to rod is a 6' St. Croix Avid medium light for the bigger trout. I can cast about 20 ft further with this rod compared to the ultralight.
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#3242509 - 05/08/13 08:59 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: Model70Man]
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Registered: 01/13/03
Posts: 10573
Loc: Warren Co

I have become a fan of the Okuma reels. Used to be a die hard Shimano fan but they became too expensive and started substituting cheaper corrosion prone parts in the under $100 models. Fished a LOT of saltwater with ultra light 6lb tackle.

The Okuma drags are great. Smoother than the shimano. Shimano drags get sticky spots in them easily and quickly if you dont back the drags off for storing them. The Okumas will too but not as bad and not as quickly.

Okuma Reels are geared smooth but they are a tiny bit less well balanced than the shimano. You only notice it when using feather light rods and have a big fish on light line.

The better Shimanos seem to be manufactured to slightly tighter tolerances which might be what accounts for the smoothness, but they gum up faster than the slightly sloppier Okuma. The middle of the road salt water series of reels hold up better than all but the top of the line Shimanos.

I have had nothing but problems with rear drag spinning reels. They gum up easily and become sticky. Sticky drag=lost fish, especially big fish on light line. The gears also gum up easier than almost any other reel.

(Note...90% of my experience is fishing salt water so your results might be different in fresh water. I rinse my reels after every fishing trip and back the drags off to zero for storage)
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#3242565 - 05/08/13 11:29 PM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: fishboy1]
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Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 2698
Loc: Bartlett, TN

I second Winchester's recommendation of the Pflueger President. I have one on my ultralight and like it a lot.

Consider Berkley Nanofil line if you want farther casting ability.
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#3242713 - 05/09/13 08:48 AM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: Crosshairy]
8 Point

Registered: 07/14/08
Posts: 1462
Loc: Nashville, TN

I love Pflueger Supremes. If you keep your eye on ebay, you can get really good deals on them. As for ultra light rods, thats a personal thing. Some people like a fast tip and some like them soft. When I am throwing a light spinner, I don't want a mushy bend in the rod. I like to be able to feel the spinner spin but at the same time, I don't want it too stiff. Finding that perfect ultra light has always been a quest for me. My last purchase was a bps bionic blade ultra light. It felt good when I picked it up but once I got it out on the water and used it, I was not impressed. I am thinking about trying the 5 1/2 foot bps extreme light wieght rod. Maybe that one will be better.
#3245357 - 05/13/13 09:37 AM Re: The search for an ultralight rig. [Re: JimFromTN]
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Registered: 09/13/06
Posts: 1373
Loc: Hardin Valley

Well I ended up with a Bass Pro 6ft MicroLight Ultralight Rod with a Quantum QVex 10 reel with 6lb flourocarbon on it.

Now I just need some spare time.... and the Clinch to stop generating.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
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