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How much do you know about Bait Finesse System? Do you own a BFS reel for bass fishing?

I was wondering why trout fishermen dont use BFS reels since its difficult to start fly fishing. Lol

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Most trout fisherman I know myself included use spinning gear when fishing for trout.  BFS gear get's pretty expensive as does fly fishing gear.  Years ago I knew a guy who has since won a Peabody award for fly fishing documentaries, and he used spinning tackle a majority of the time when I knew him.  

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I have some BFS stuff and have lots of fun using it as "ultralight baitcasting" gear as much as I use it as Bait Finesse System gear.  

 

I use fly rods on the trout...  I haven't quite tuned my light bait casters well enough to cast a size 20 Trico.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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   I have some bfs combos that target bass, but this year I'm looking forward to giving trout fishing a shot. I picked up a kuying teton super ultra-light that I plan to pair up with a pixy/diy spool. The teton is impressive for the price.

 

    As to why more don't use bfs casting reels for trout? I believe the expense is the biggest obstacle. You could pick up an ultra-light spinning combo for $20 vs hundreds just for a reel which will probably need super tuned with bearings and shallow bfs spool unless you want to spend more for a conquest bfs or aldebaran bfs. Trout casting rods are a little more work to source because the local field and stream and dicks usually don't carry them.

 

    I also believe casting ultra-light lures may be challenging or intimidating for some. As for me, I'm excited to give it a try. BTW you should check out the Enjoy Fishing channel on youtube. That guy's casting skills are magical.

 

  

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BFS tackle is an enthusiast endeavor. There are more economical and efficient forms of tackle available for similar applications. 

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I have been trying to get into the BFS gear but it is hard to come by here in the US

. I have purchased a calcutta conquest BFS reel so far and have paired it with a nice finesse Edge rod. Still trying to round up another rod and reel- Next im thinking a Daiwa SS paired with a Major Craft rod.

Hard to pull the trigger on gear that I cannot even touch since none of it is sold here in the states.

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If you are willing to buy used, cosmetically rough reel and buy rods and parts from China, you can get a UL trout bfs combo for like $250-300.  Still way more then a Uglystick combo, but within a reasonable range  of a “nice” spinning combo. 

 

I dont fish for trout very much, but have a bfs combo I use for white perch to cast inline spinners, spoons, and micro-cranks that works great on stocked rainbows as well.  The only real advantage casting reel have over spinning reels is less line twist issues when using lures like that.   

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I'm not really into BFS especially for bass but I do own 7' UL Daiwa spinmatic pair with my old culcutta 50b for trout and panfish. I used this setup mostly for inline spinner and kastmaster. But even that I still struggle anything below 1/16oz. As DVT mentioned I didn't  use this as often as my spinning setup with Sahara 750 where is more efficient.

 

For bass I got majorcraft Light rod pair with SV105 but my target is not BFS but for nedrig and 1/8 lures. I'm thinking of either get shallow spool for my 70 or 50e

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I have an economical BFS rig, a KastKing Spartacus Plus with a shallow spool from aliexpress that was less than $10, on a 7' ML Fenwick, spooled with 8lb mono. Cast a little 1/8oz jig very nicely. I wouldn't ever want to use it for trout though, a spinning rod works so much better for the baits I use for them. 

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On 2018/4/9 at 10:25 PM, Yudo1 said:

   I have some bfs combos that target bass, but this year I'm looking forward to giving trout fishing a shot. I picked up a kuying teton super ultra-light that I plan to pair up with a pixy/diy spool. The teton is impressive for the price.

 

    As to why more don't use bfs casting reels for trout? I believe the expense is the biggest obstacle. You could pick up an ultra-light spinning combo for $20 vs hundreds just for a reel which will probably need super tuned with bearings and shallow bfs spool unless you want to spend more for a conquest bfs or aldebaran bfs. Trout casting rods are a little more work to source because the local field and stream and dicks usually don't carry them.

 

    I also believe casting ultra-light lures may be challenging or intimidating for some. As for me, I'm excited to give it a try. BTW you should check out the Enjoy Fishing channel on youtube. That guy's casting skills are magical.

 

  

Though I'm not quiet understand what he said, but I'm still get addicted to the videos. Thanks for sharing.

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I enjoy ultralight fishing and love baitcasters so I thought I'd combine them by getting a BFS setup but soon realized 1) very expensive and 2) gear is specialized and finicky so I got out of it real quick and it's back to spinning gear. I really wanted to make it work but I saw the rabbit hole I was about to go down. It can be done, but it can be expensive and sometimes frustrating. Wait, doesn't that describe fishing in general? :lol:

 

I found that with some practice on the ultralight/fast 5'6 rod and 500 size spinning reel, I can be surprisingly accurate at short distances (which is all I can really reach on a 5'6 with a light lure).

 

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I've used my Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS for trout fishing. It works quite nice. 

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On 4/12/2018 at 5:21 AM, FrankN209 said:

I've used my Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS for trout fishing. It works quite nice. 

Agreed! Paired with an Edge 622 what an awesome combo for catching trout on the spoon. 

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