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St Croix Trout Series for River/Creek Smallies?

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Looking into getting a St Croix Trout Series (6' 4", L) as a small-smallie rod/panfish/maybe even trout rod. I tried using my E6X in Medium but it just feels too powerful for the smaller sized smallmouth that im finding in some creeks/rivers. Wonder if any of y'all have some experience with this rod that they'd be willing to share?

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It will suit you perfectly. It's much more versatile than a true ultralight rod. It's a nice rod for spinners, small jigs, top water, Rapala 07, ned rigs. Just about anything you would want to throw for smallies in a stream.

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dont overlook the st croix eyecon series in light or medium light depending on the lures you're using and the size of the fish

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falcon bucoo sr is on sale at tackle direct for like 50$ id check that out first...

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I use a 7 foot light legend elite for similar stuff. Have caught smallies up to 20 inches with it. Best way to fish rebel craws and smaller minnow baits I'm.

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I like Kokanee rods for fishing rivers for smallies.  Kokanee rods typically come in light or ultralight and moderate action and have an excellent backbone.  Mine is a 7'6" Okuma SST Kokanee light power and I use it with an Abu 4500CS Rocket spooled with 8lb mono to throw small Hot n Tots, Wiggle Warts, Little Cleos, Rooster Tails, and Mepps spinners.  I landed my PB smallie (6lb 10oz) on this setup and the rod didn't even blink.  

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Honestly, for creek smallies, I'm using my 6'6" MH H2O Ethos casting rod with 12# Hybrid. I don't fish small baits, actually, I'm fishing baits from 1/4oz buzzbaits, Plopper 75 and spinnerbaits up to a Jackall Deraball (7/8oz). I don't see the need for tossing the tiny stuff. That's just how I do things, but to each their own.

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