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I'm a novice with the ned rig. What are some options for an affordable ned rig rod (1/16-1/8oz. jigheads mostly)? I'm looking to spend less than $70. I've heard some people say an expensive, sensitive rod isn't important for ned rigs due to the light weight of the lures and because most bites are detected by line watching with this rig. Is this true? What are your thoughts?

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This past season I used a Cabela's Pro Guide 5'9".  It's on sale now for $35.00.  Nothing sexy or high end but it works great for wading creeks.  There's longer models, too.  Plenty sensitive for this technique.  The gentleman that popularized this method uses much older, less trendy equipment.

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I would use any rod between 6'6' and 7', med. light to med. The Ned rig is really not a feel technique. Saying that I would get the best rod I could buy so you could use it for different techniques.where feel is important.

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Fenwick Aetos ML spinning rod on close out sale is hard to beat.

Tom

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4 hours ago, dszal said:

I've heard some people say an expensive, sensitive rod isn't important for ned rigs due to the light weight of the lures and because most bites are detected by line watching with this rig. Is this true? What are your thoughts?

It is true, just ask ned kahde himself or @Team9nine.  You do not need a sensitive rod for the ned rig, ned uses old $15 synergy rods and catches thousands of bass every year on them.  Just pick something in the 6'-7' range, medium-lite power, and a fast action and it will work perfectly.

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If you are waiting to feel the fish while Ned rig fishing, you've lost 70% of them. With that said, get as sensitive a rod as your budget can handle, because A. You will feel some bites, B. Where you fish is just as important as how you fish, and a more sensitive rod will help you feel out grass, rocks, etc. C. The rod you use for a Ned rig is generally a very versatile rod and can be used for other techniques where you do require more sensitivity.  

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1 hour ago, IndianaFinesse said:

It is true, just ask ned kahde himself or @Team9nine.  You do not need a sensitive rod for the ned rig, ned uses old $15 synergy rods and catches thousands of bass every year on them.  Just pick something in the 6'-7' range, medium-lite power, and a fast action and it will work perfectly.

Ditto Indiana Finesse. I keep a variety of rods rigged, from some nice custom sticks over a couple hundred each to a $50 Lightning Rod. I can assure you I've caught as many or more bass on the inexpensive Lightning Rod using Midwest Finesse tactics as I have the high dollar sticks. To get started, if you want to fish on the cheap, go to Wal-Mart and buy a $25 Berkley Cherrywood rod (6' or 6'6" Med) or similar. May not hold up as long or be as high quality as a more expensive stick, but you won't have any problems catching bass on it with Ned rigs.

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I bought a Pflueger Trion combo 6'6" M at BPS that's treated me well for Ned Rig fishing. Since then I've bought a similar light combo for my daughter, plus I picked up another Trion reel to go with a BPS Carbon Microlite.

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Lew's sells a Ned rig specfic rod, the TP167MLFS.  The MSRP is like $99, but I have seen it for around $80.  I have never even held one, but I keep looking for an excuse to pick one up.

My current MWF rod is an inexpensive custom I went with due to some specific non-standard features I was looking for, but before I got it I was using a 5' UL Uglystick and was still catching them just fine.  

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The man himself fishes with $20 Shakespeare rods from Wal-Mart, and is extremely efficient with them. It's a no feel technique, so a sensitive rod isn't needed. 

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A Berkeley lightning shock (spinning) can be had for < 20 shipped if you catch the right holiday promo.  Mine just came in (from FFO - BF sale 16 bucks) and I took it out in the cold on Saturday, second cast LMB :)  It is my new favorite rod!

I use Neds a lot this summer and cannot wait to try one on this new rig.

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Fenwick Eagle 6',6" med-light power, fast action runs $59.99

It is my ned rig rod of choice and it is a great rod for the money. It is a workhorse that won't let you down.

 

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6ft 8 medium H2O express ethos from academy sports. IMO best rod line for that money and the M is more is more a heavy ML and a light M. Perfect rod for ned rig as well as light shakey heads and drop shot. The best part is $60 and academy offers a no questions asked return policy 

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What these guys have said is true. No need to get hung up on high end tackle for this rig. Any mid price med spinning setup will do. My fave is an older Berkeley rod and a shimano 2000 size reel. 

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On 12/4/2016 at 6:02 PM, Team9nine said:

Ditto Indiana Finesse. I keep a variety of rods rigged, from some nice custom sticks over a couple hundred each to a $50 Lightning Rod. I can assure you I've caught as many or more bass on the inexpensive Lightning Rod using Midwest Finesse tactics as I have the high dollar sticks. To get started, if you want to fish on the cheap, go to Wal-Mart and buy a $25 Berkley Cherrywood rod (6' or 6'6" Med) or similar. May not hold up as long or be as high quality as a more expensive stick, but you won't have any problems catching bass on it with Ned rigs.

-T9

What pound test do you use for the ned rig?

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The "classic" seems to be 10lb braid to like an 8lb floro leader.   I am an ass and therefor keep fussing round with different low-diameter floros and monos, but have yet to find a real winner.  I am also giving 8lb braid a go at the moment but am unconvinced that there is any practical distance gain over 10lb but a for sure an increase in wind knots.   

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Just to throw this out there, if you can afford to spend another $30... I use a medium-lite carbonlite 2.0 for light applications like this. I've been really impressed with the rod. Turn in an old rod or reel to bass pro shop right now and you can get one for about $100. Best yet, it's a baitcasting rod. You don't see them made like that too often, with both a light tip, yet a sturdy spine.

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Lew's Wally Marshall pro series.  7ft ML.  Good for 1/32-1/4.  I used this all last year and it's my favorite spinning rod now.  Normally priced at 40-50 bucks.

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7 hours ago, Burro said:

What pound test do you use for the ned rig?

 

7 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

The "classic" seems to be 10lb braid to like an 8lb floro leader.   I am an ass and therefor keep fussing round with different low-diameter floros and monos, but have yet to find a real winner.  I am also giving 8lb braid a go at the moment but am unconvinced that there is any practical distance gain over 10lb but a for sure an increase in wind knots.   

As fishwizzard mentioned, 8-10 lb. braid and an 8lb. leader are considered standard. Personally, I often go lighter with 3 or 5 lb. braid and 5-6 lb leaders, but I enjoy playing with the extremes.

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I think what I have the ned tied on right now is a 5.5 or 6'M lightning rod shock, 1000 series "mr crappie" from lews with 8lb invizx, but it might be on the cabela's tourney trail 6'M with a 2000 series Kastking Summer spooled with 10lb Yozuri hybrid (don't tell my gf, it's her rig). 

the first rig the spool of line cost as much as the rest of the combo, and the other is about $70 right now not on sale. 

 

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8 hours ago, Team9nine said:

 

but I enjoy playing with the extremes.

Your living on the edge!:D

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This year my Ned rig rod and line of choice will be a 7’ med action Denali AtaX rod with a reel spooled with 8lb Kastking Fluorokote line. 

 

After catching some fish over 3 pounds on the Ned rig it was time to retire my Med light rods and line below 8lbs.

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On 12/4/2016 at 4:21 PM, WRB said:

Fenwick Aetos ML spinning rod on close out sale is hard to beat.

Tom

Where are they on close out?!

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37 minutes ago, punch said:

Where are they on close out?!

This is a 2 year old thread.

Tom

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