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Spinning rod/reel for trout ponds
Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-12 9:55 PM (EST)
Will soon be getting a Hornbeck pack canoe and eager to slowly troll spinners on some of the lessen known brook trout ponds. I will probably fish Adirondack trout ponds from my canoe only and rarely stream and creek fish. What type of spinning rod action and length and reel would be best? Suggested brands? I am nore whether ultra-light or light is best given the tradeoff of the portag eitself vs. the ability to cast and hook fish.
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- Spinning rod/reel for trout ponds - old_user - Mar-23-12 9:55 PM
I know nothing about Trout fishing .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Mar-23-12 10:32 PM (EST)
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....... but I understand they'll take a bait on bobber . What size fish are you expecting to catch ??
In open waters where you don't have concerns of dealing with a fish running into cover like submerged brush , limbs , rocks , ect. , 4 lb. test has no problem dealing with a 4 lb. fish , 6 lb. handles a 6 lb. fish , 8 lb. test handles 8 lbs. and so on .
Remember that thing on a spin reel called "drag" , seems no matter what size line I'm using , it's a given one fish or the next will force me to loosen the drag more to save from break off .
I once brought a 42" river Muskie to boat side on 8 lb. test , and you know the drag got loosened for that one , which also means he had his way for a long , long time .
If I'm in a stumpy Bass lake with submerged trees , cover , etc. ... a 5 lb. Bass has a good chance of breaking 8 lb. line , lost too many that way so I keep a spool of 10 lb. at the ready .
Remember , you can always get extra spools for your spin reel and have different lb. test line on each ... I do it that way so I can just swap spools when I want to .
A 2500 series spin reel is a nice versatile size , it'll handle Bluegills as well as river Muskies and Walleye , so I reckon it's good for Trout too ... a 2000 series can do it well also . just remember , you got drag to compensate for lighter lines dealing with heavier fish .
I think there's even some kind of Andy tournament where they catch Marlin on 4 lb. test ...
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Posted by: Hibob on Mar-27-12 7:46 AM (EST)
I have been using for many many years a beautiful graphite ultra light spinning combo. It handles all panfish and bass up to 5-6 lbs. Large enough to pull my kayak. A lot more fun than a heavier combo in my opinion.
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6'6" to 7" ML or a 6' L|
Posted by: Big_D on Mar-29-12 1:23 PM (EST)
I like longer rods for two reasons. First, you can usually get more distance in your casts. Second, they have more give when you get a larger fish on and so your line isn't as stressed as with a rod with less give.
I don't like UL rods generally as they have very little backbone for hook sets. Also, they often are very short. Short and wimpy is not good for a fishing rod, in my opinion.
I used a 6' L and a 5'6" UL for years for trout and panfish. I greatly preferred the 6'L.
- Big D
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If you are not using a fly rod....|
Posted by: FrankNC on Apr-05-12 5:39 PM (EST)
Just get the tried and true Zebco 33 spincaster and an ultra light 6 or 7 foot rod. You'll have a blast and it will be a simple and reliable system.
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-17-12 10:39 PM (EST)
use braided line, diameter is very small, mini rapalas work well. favorite would be a F3-F7 brooktrout pattern.
I use a 5'6" shimano bob izumi rod, the wife uses a 5' berkley cherrywood with great success.
just got some powerpro superslick 10 pound line and love it.
you do not require 38 feet of graphite to improve your catch
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Posted by: RobW on Apr-19-12 1:33 PM (EST)
I'm with Big D on the rod length - 6'6" to 7". I do go a bit heavier on the line preferring 8lb Berkely XT. We troll a lot of lakes with rocky shorelines & bottoms which can chew up line pretty quick. I find the XT holds up the best for me. If aren't around as much rock, then the 6lb works fine. I haven't tried a braid yet.
My list of favourite trout lures, mostly used for trolling, is here: http://www.loonislandoutdoors.com/Fishing/FavouriteTroutLures.php
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To many to list.|
Posted by: Bernie/CNY on Jun-02-12 9:08 AM (EST)
Most any Ultra light or light action rod will be fine.Load the reel with 4 or 6 test and your good to go.Just watch out for line twist when trolling.
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There are few "bad" choices nowadays|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jul-15-12 4:10 PM (EST)
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If you avoid the cheapest equipment available, you'll have no problems unless/until you put a huge number of hours into fishing, which even for hardcore people takes years. Get a rod that's rated for the weight you wish to cast (even if you plan to troll, you'll no doubt end up casting at times). Longer rods have all the advantages already mentioned, PLUS they will handle a much broader range of lure/bait weights, so you won't struggle as much when working outside your normal weight range (whether that's lighter or heavier that the rod's ideal rated lure weight). If you opt for a lightweight rod, chances are the guides will be too small to allow easy casting (a lightweight rod I got shortly after the lightweight craze hit (that dates me, huh?) didn't cast worth a crap until I installed new guides). In fact, a LOT of rods are sold with guides that are too small, so large guides (especially the two that are closest to the reel) is a good feature to look for. The modern trend in spinning reels is small size - much smaller than they were decades ago, and today's standard reel is yesterday's lightweight. Today's smaller-diameter spools definitely reduce casting distance, and if long-distance casting is a huge priority, I'd look for a reel that's larger than what you "need". For average casting, a reel "rated" for your type of use (mostly the strength of the line) will be fine. Finer details aside, you really can't go wrong nowadays as long as you pay attention to the line and lure-weight ratings.
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