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ultra light

Discussion in 'Tackle Talk' started by mousejam515, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. i am looking for a new ultra light fishinig combo. i was wondering what you guys thought would be the best. a pfluger president or a pfluger microspin or pfluger gold medalist or a abu garcia cardinal 100 or 300.

    thanks
    james
     
  2. Bass Pro has their UL series G on sale now. You can't go wrong on the rod. Suggest you forget the tiny UL spinning reels as they have too small a spool which results in a lot of peel-offs. Think about going with a reel one size larger which will still work well. Something like a Diawa 1500 series.
     

  3. JakeFr5150

    JakeFr5150 Mr. Bug Rod

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    I fish almost exclusively with ultralights - Have to say the best rigs I have weren't combos though. You can get some decent combos if you look around. Probably the best one off the rack that I have used is the Gander Mountain Microlite 1 combo. The rod is a little short @ 5'0", but the reel is great. Has a longer spool than you will find on most ultralights so the line peeling off isn't as bad. I kind of think of myself as an ultralight "purist" (if there is such a thing...) so I don't necessarily agree with bumping up the reel to a 1000 or 1500 size. If you look around and pay attention to what you are buying, you'll get a decent reel without having to do that. If you get the 1000 or 1500, beef your rod up to a light power one so that it balances the weight better, or go with a rod that is over 6' long (like the Daiwa Spinmatic-X in 6'6" or 7'0"). Just my opinions though.

    Jake
     
  4. Jake you're right about the combos, a lot of times places will take a good reel and put it on a cheap rod and sell it as a combo. I really like the cabelas IM6 rods and have several and have used mitchell reels every since i was a kid and love them. I know Mitchell is not as fancy or nice as some other reels but for durability they are great. My dad has a few Mitchell 300 reels that he has been using for over 25 years! He has caught everything from salmon to bluegills on it.
     
  5. JBJ

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    In reviewing reels for your UL combo, check out the new GALYANS (8 bb) and Rapala brands released just this year. Both are sweet.

    The Mitchell combos are $49.99 at GALYANS and there is a $10 rebate from the manufacturer right now. The GALYANS reel is on a combo for $59.99.
     
  6. What kind of rod is with that Mitchell combo? For 40 bucks i might get another light combo.
     
  7. JBJ

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    The Mitchell combos come with Berkley Lightning Rods.
     
  8. If you don't mind swimming you can get a St croix 5.5ft ultralight with a Tica reel for free. It is located on the Southwest corner of Kelleys island in 14 ft of water. Sat it down for a split second and (I'm assuming a smallie) deposited it to the bottom of the lake for me last Sunday. St croix rods are very nice but a little pricey. 65$ for ultralight. But I was more impressed with the Tica reel. For 30$ it is really a nice reel.
     
  9. Being as i love to UL fish for bluegill for bait... i spent some money on a very nice setup that is far the best UL ive ever fished with.... reel is a mitchell 310 gold... 49 bucks at bass pro... and the rod is ugly stick lite... 5 ft... ul action... and the line im using is power pro 10lb test... which has diameter of 2 lb test... and i tell you its absolutely... great... all in all i have about 100 into it... and everyone ive let use it has gotten themselves the same combo... and with the power pro it cast excelent... just my 2 cents... john
     
  10. thanks for all the input. i got a 6 foot garcia rod and a old alcedo micron that i am going to use for my ultra light set up. and i have a browning silaflex light rod and reel that is awsome. then i have a medium ugly stick with a daiwa regal-x 25000c that is pretty good. im not realy worried about line peel off because ill put fireline on it. and from what i have seen it dosent peel off like regular line dose.

    thanks
    james
     
  11. gonefishin'

    gonefishin' Lifestyle Farmer

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    I also use the fireline and it performs wonderfully. I have a Browning combo that is a super ultra light. 4.5 foot rod. Broke it last year fishing for gills with a Size 0 mepps. 2 lb LM nailed it with about 10 feet of line out. What a battle, he took me under the boat, through the weeds and by the time I got him in the canoe, I had a couple pounds of weeds around the tip which was bent double and broken. I didn't feel too bad since I broke it catching a fish instead of slamming a car door on it.
     
  12. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Livin' the moontime

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    Tica Cetus reels are the nicest ultralite reels I've seen in quite some time. $40 will get you what I consider the Caddy of ultralite reels. Match it up with an ultralite St. Croix and for about $100 you'll be the envy of all your buddies.
    If you're worried about having a fish strip you clean, get a heavier combo ;) :D
     
  13. Last year i bought a Falcon ultra lite rod (5 footish) when I bought my boat, think it was around $60, really nice rod. Went to Walmart to see what kind of reals they have and 60% of there stuff is in "blister packs", hating not being able to try it out and already spending to much on boat/tackle/rod/etc, I took a chance on the Trantula ( i think thats the name) for about $20. So far it seems to be a pretty decent reel for the $. Have'nt had any major "drag" test yet, but with the 6# Spider mono and Falcon rod, its a blast to use.
     
  14. I have the 6' BPS microlite rod and reel, a foot longer than my last combo (which is at the bottom of paint creek lake, i'd like to say it was a fish that took it in...). The added length is great for casting light lures a long way. My biggest LM this year (3-1/2 lb) came because I spotted her cruising on a previous walk around the pond and was able to later cast a 4" wacky worm right on top of her from a long way off.
     
  15. I got a Wally Marshall UL from BPS two years ago and I love it.

    I got this one


    fishintiger