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What would your rod of choice be? And why? I haven't fished these much. I have my thoughts on what the right rod would be but figured why not pose the question here before I pull the trigger on some expensive rods.

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Are you fishing for crappie?

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never. 

for throwing phat fly etc

i'm going to do lots of experimenting this winter seeing just how finesse I can go. ultralight hair jigs, float n fly etc. already have float n fly rods though so not looking for any of that info. 

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I've been fishing hair for many years, over the years I've went to longer rods (71/2'-8') may try longer. What I really want is a relatively soft tip for casting and a strong butt but parabolic action - flex all the way down - needs to be sensitive - I think St. Croix has come out with a hair jig rod around 8' or so , it should be of good quality - but I wonder if the tip will be as soft as I like and it will be a bit more than I care to spend.

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You tried casting a 1/16 oz phat fly craft hair jigs with no added trailer? Craft hair doesn't absorb water, it's like casting a feather into the wind.

You in the Ultra Light spinning realm, 2 lb to 4 lb mono/FC line. I would look for 7' to 7'6" 1 power moderate action spinning rod.

Tom

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I throw 1/16" oz marabu jigs on my Cajun Custom Rods Trigger. It's a ML power mod/fast and I use 8 lb 832.

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I love my cronos 7'6" m/ml XR for the feider fly.  Longer is better for light jigs

Should add that light line is also your friend

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12 hours ago, frogflogger said:

I've been fishing hair for many years, over the years I've went to longer rods (71/2'-8') may try longer. What I really want is a relatively soft tip for casting and a strong butt but parabolic action - flex all the way down - needs to be sensitive - I think St. Croix has come out with a hair jig rod around 8' or so , it should be of good quality - but I wonder if the tip will be as soft as I like and it will be a bit more than I care to spend.

Just bought the rod you speak of and have a thread started here about it. video review upcoming... 8’6 MLXF SCIV blank with a split grip and a relatively aggressive guide train.  St Croix calls it their Dropshot/Hair Jig rod.  Fished it this past weekend with a dropshot for deep Clearwater smallmouth and first impressions were good with only a minor gripe or two.  Haven’t fished hairjigs on it yet, but plan to do plenty of that over the coming weeks.  Will also try a float n fly on it.

 

 From what you describe, the rod sounds about perfect to me.  When loaded up the action is quite parabolic, and the tip is just a little softer than my 7’6 MLXF, yet sensitivity is still what I would call good to great.  

 

It is definitely a little tip heavy though, I have it paired with a size 4000 Shimano Sustain and wouldn’t want to fish it with anything smaller- I think wrist fatigue would be an issue with a smaller/lighter reel.  3C6C3CB4-8D03-4694-9B4E-1544C01BA92C.thumb.jpeg.078779ab968d8c8e6c9ff7ac48d5385c.jpeg

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I routinely add weight to the butt of long rods to help balance them - prefer balance over light weight (within reason of course)

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