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Looking for a decent ultra-light spinning rod to use at the ponds near where we're vacationing this year. Any recommendations for decently sensitive ultra-light rods $30 and under that will hold up for a season? 

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Go to your local tackle shop and see what they have. Any suggestions made here won't do you any good if you have to order online and pay for shipping. For $30, you are going to get an inexpensive rod, not a decent rod.

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I agree with @Scott F.  The only other suggestion is keep an eye on FFO.  There's a Light Berkely there now, but I have no experience with it.   I got a light  Abu last year for around same price range. ...(30 ish plus shipping)

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Okuma Celilo.  They sell them at Field and Stream, check if you have one in your neck of the woods.  I carry a 6ft with an Abu Garcia Cardinal STX when hiking the UP of Michigan and it has been fantastic for brook trout.

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I found a rod I really like (http://www.***.com/ambition/) but I can't find it anywhere near me or anywhere online with shipping under $10. Does anybody know of a site I'm missing that would have one of those with decent shipping prices?

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$10 shipping on a $30 rod order is pretty cheap. If you spent $50, many sites might include shipping.

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$10 more and a bit of shipping and you can have a UL that'll last for years. The Ugly Stick my Pflueger 640 is on is almost as old as it is.

 

Pay the $10 extra and get a GX-2 UL rod.

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2 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

$10 more and a bit of shipping and you can have a UL that'll last for years. The Ugly Stick my Pflueger 640 is on is almost as old as it is.

 

Pay the $10 extra and get a GX-2 UL rod.

Yeah, I may just go with the GX-2. Have you used them?

52 minutes ago, redmeansdistortion said:

Okuma Celilo.  They sell them at Field and Stream, check if you have one in your neck of the woods.  I carry a 6ft with an Abu Garcia Cardinal STX when hiking the UP of Michigan and it has been fantastic for brook trout.

Is the handle comfortable? Looks like it would be kind of awkward to hold but I can't tell.

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Just now, EGbassing said:

Yeah, I may just go with the GX-2. Have you used them?

The Ugly Stick for my Trion is a GX-2 - seems to be at least as rugged and dependable as my UL stick.

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I bought the UL 7’ Whuppin’ Stick from Cabelas for like $20.  Not the lightest or most sensitive, but nearly indestructible and works like charm with panfish.  

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3 hours ago, standman said:

I bought the UL 7’ Whuppin’ Stick from Cabelas for like $20.  Not the lightest or most sensitive, but nearly indestructible and works like charm with panfish.  

Do they have those in stores? I don't see an ultra-light online.

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13 hours ago, EGbassing said:

Is the handle comfortable? Looks like it would be kind of awkward to hold but I can't tell.

The handle has a nice feel.  The Celilo is very light and sensitive too, much more so than an Ugly Stik.  It uses a full graphite blank, a somewhat uncommon feature in a rod at this price point.

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18 hours ago, redmeansdistortion said:

Okuma Celilo.  They sell them at Field and Stream, check if you have one in your neck of the woods.  I carry a 6ft with an Abu Garcia Cardinal STX when hiking the UP of Michigan and it has been fantastic for brook trout.

I have the same rod for trout fishing. Got it for $30 at Dick's. (Same company as Field and Stream.) Works great for trout. I've even caught a few small (1-2 lb) bass on it and it's held up well. Very comfortable and has good action.

 

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/okuma-celilo-trout-spinning-rod-15okuucll5ft6l2pcrod/15okuucll5ft6l2pcrod?recid=Product_PageElement_product_rr_1_9073_&rrec=true

 

Another option is a Berkley Cherrywood 5'6" light rod. $25 at Walmart. Dick's has it with a BlackMax spinning reel for $40.

 

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/berkley-cherrywood-hd-black-max-spinning-combo-17bkyuchrrywd105fcom/17bkyuchrrywd105fcom

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Berkley Lightning Rods will be $29.97 during the spring classic sale

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4 minutes ago, Allen Der said:

Berkley Lightning Rods will be $29.97 during the spring classic sale

Do they have an ultralight option in that rod?

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3 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Do they have an ultralight option in that rod?

Only UL in the Lightning series is a 5' - 1 or 2 piece

 

Which is what I use on my 640 - 5' Ugly Stick 1 piece

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really why does it need to be ultralight?  to me I prefer light for pannies.  I bet a light Berkley lightning rod feels lighter than a UL ugly stik

 

not sure if these will be part of the sale but look interesting

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/berkley-lightning-rod-trout-spinning-rod

 

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On 2/4/2019 at 10:28 PM, EGbassing said:

Do they have those in stores? I don't see an ultra-light online.

I picked mine up at the store probably 2 years ago.  Not sure if they still have them, though.

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