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I have a 6'0 st.croix avid and love it for 1/32 and 1/16 oz jigs(this size is the best it seems) the new president xt spinning reels by pflueger are good looking reels for the price point.

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G. Loomis TSR791 and a Stradic 1000 Ci4+.

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Some of those pricier UL rods & reels are extremely nice, no denying that, but I use a fleet of Shimano Saharas (1000fd, 500fd, 750fb) on various rods (BPS Extreme UL, Berkley UL Lightning, BPS Microlite) and they have been serving me well for over 4 years now. The Pflueger President UL has become a classic UL reel in the last decade. The reviews on them are about as good as they get. I also have two old vintage aluminum silver Daiwa 500c's (I love the old stuff too). I also have a old Shimano Sedona 500f that is still fun. I even have an ancient   Shimano Mark UL (black & tiny & before infinite anti-reverse clutches). Lots of good choices somewhere between $50-$550. It is lots of fun! You don't have to spin a fortune for good UL tackle, but if you can and want to, go for it!

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How many pieces? I typically like my UL's to be 3-4 pieces for easy traveling

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I went and bought a Daiwa Samurai combo from Dick's because I was going crappie fishing with a buddy of mine and didn't have anything other than my med heavy and heavy saltwater stuff. It cost me a whopping $25, and it works like a charm. When I bought it, I expected to use it a couple of times and toss it, but it has held up great. I used it a bunch this summer for perch (saltwater), rinsed after each use, and it's the same as the day I bought it. Definitely not a high end set up, but it works. 

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I dont have ultra lite for spinning gear, I think lite rod pair with shimano sahara 750 is good enough to cast 1/16 oz jig for panfish.

I do have UL casting rod, btw, it is daiwa spinmatic 7' which I normally pair with calcutta 50.

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I bought a Fenwick 7'2" Light River Runner 2-piece rod rate 1/32-5/16 oz. lures.  It has an older Team Diawa-S 1500CU on it.  Strictly for panfish.  Although I prefer 7' and longer in baitcast rods, what I found was I prefer shorter in a spinning rod.  An old rod and reel combination that has caught plenty of panfish with the occasional bass and pickerel thrown in is a 6' Lightning....power no longer known....and a Penn 430SS with 4# Trilene XL.  Panfish give a good fight on it yet it will handle bigger fish with no problem.  Not an upgrade for you though.  :lol:

How much are you willing to spend?  Doesn't do much good to recommend a $200 or more rod if you are looking to spend in the $100 range.

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Reels:

Up to $50 Daiwa RG

~$60. Pflueger President or Shimano Sedona

You really don't need to spend more put $$$ into the rod.

 

Rods:

St Croix (Trout, panfish, premier or Avid) can't really go wrong with their rods

Daiwa JDM Presso $$$$$$

Phenix Elixer slightly less $$$

BPS Micro Lite, good budget rods

 

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9 minutes ago, webertime said:

Reels:

Up to $50 Daiwa RG

~$60. Pflueger President or Shimano Sedona

You really don't need to spend more put $$$ into the rod.

 

Rods:

St Croix (Trout, panfish, premier or Avid) can't really go wrong with their rods

Daiwa JDM Presso $$$$$$

Phenix Elixer slightly less $$$

BPS Micro Lite, good budget rods

 

They were really thinking about throwing light lures when they made the panfish and trout rods held them in cabelas couldn't put them down I forgot about them but I also would recommend those  rods

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I'v use a couple years   Bass Pro Shops® Micro Lite  series different models of rod with Shimano Sedona 1000. It's lot of fun to fish with!!!

Even big bass 4-5 pounds come ! I don't brake any rods on fish.

Recommended!

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7' St Croix Avid UL moderate with a Shimano Symetre 750 is a thing of beauty.

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For the last year I've used a 7'6" Daiwa Presso matched with an Abu Garcia Cardinal STX5. Previously I was running 10lbs braid with a 4lbs fluro leader but this year I went with straight 4lbs mono and noticed much less line twist. Apart from the obvious panfish, I have made incidental catches of walleye up to 4lbs, bass up to 3lbs, and a 10lbs musky on it.  The rod handled flawlessly and was very sensitive to the changes in structure that my lures were running over.

I've been using light gear for a lot of years since an injury to the tendons in my hand, including running ML and light action rods for smallmouth while presenting lighter lures up to 1/4 oz in size and the Presso is the most sensitive rod I've had the pleasure of using so far.  I used it for 2 applications this past weekend; one throwing a small X-Rap and the other being slip float fishing some soft plastics for some pan fish and it worked well for both of these applications.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider in UL fishing is a real with a smooth drag that can handle the strain of a larger fish which you may come into contact with during your fishing exploits.  A longer rod, such as a 7'6", will also place less strain on the line that you use which makes fighting bigger fish easier when matched with a reel with a good drag system.

Sorry for going deeper than just the rod...I love UL fishing and can't seem to stop talking about it.

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19 minutes ago, Attila said:

For the last year I've used a 7'6" Daiwa Presso matched with an Abu Garcia Cardinal STX5. Previously I was running 10lbs braid with a 4lbs fluro leader but this year I went with straight 4lbs mono and noticed much less line twist. Apart from the obvious panfish, I have made incidental catches of walleye up to 4lbs, bass up to 3lbs, and a 10lbs musky on it.  The rod handled flawlessly and was very sensitive to the changes in structure that my lures were running over.

I've been using light gear for a lot of years since an injury to the tendons in my hand, including running ML and light action rods for smallmouth while presenting lighter lures up to 1/4 oz in size and the Presso is the most sensitive rod I've had the pleasure of using so far.  I used it for 2 applications this past weekend; one throwing a small X-Rap and the other being slip float fishing some soft plastics for some pan fish and it worked well for both of these applications.

Perhaps the most important thing to consider in UL fishing is a real with a smooth drag that can handle the strain of a larger fish which you may come into contact with during your fishing exploits.  A longer rod, such as a 7'6", will also place less strain on the line that you use which makes fighting bigger fish easier when matched with a reel with a good drag system.

Sorry for going deeper than just the rod...I love UL fishing and can't seem to stop talking about it.

Didd that injury happen to be trigger finger?

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Just now, Fish yeeter said:

Was that injury in your hand?

Yes.

While away at school 10 years ago I took a job ripping apart people's basements that were destroyed due to a flood. I was working 16-17 hour days using pry bars and other assorted tools ranging from sledge hammers to sawzall's and every night I would ice my hand to reduce the swelling. One morning I woke up and the swelling was still there.

I decided to hang up the fishing rods and focused on photography for about 10 years.  After a while my hand started developing the shakes and my photos were starting to be impacted so I stopped.  I was already using the best photography gear available, and while it opened many doors for me, the time came to put the camera gear away.

I started fishing again and found that my hand can take a whole day fishing including landing some decent sized fish more than it could take photography so I started to get more fishing gear and it hasn't impacted my hand at all.

Hoping to continue for a while unless my hand has other ideas...

Sorry for the rambling.

8 minutes ago, Fish yeeter said:

Didd that injury happen to be trigger finger?

No; it was the tendons in the palm of my hand.

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