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#10767389 - 04/14/15 12:16 PM Fishing trout
Pescado Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 44
I need new reels and rods and I'm clueless.

We are going to Broken Bow for some river fishing out of our new kayaks.

I was told 6 lb line because the trout can see the line, is that a good rule of thumb? (The folks we are going with do this every year but I'm looking for any options).

We use bait casting reels now but I want something a little more user friendly for my wife to avoid birds nests...me too.

I was looking at Bass Pro and I want to keep the cost down since we just bought 4 kayaks.


I saw they have spincasting reels by Bass Pro and I saw a Shimano Sedona combo (I bit pricey but if it's that much better than the $70 Bass Pro then let me know).

Educate me please, I'm all ears.

Tim


Edited by stukatim (04/14/15 12:47 PM)

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#10767430 - 04/14/15 12:30 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1757
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
For trout, I would use Berkley Trilene XL 4 lb line on an ultralight spinning reel. If you have a spare spool, put 6 lb Berkley Trilene XL on it as a backup. Spincasting reels will work too. The trout don't know if you are using a $20 Zebco combo or a $300 G-Loomis setup. They will know your line.

For lures try a Super Duper size 502 and Berkley Trout Worms on #8 Eagle Claw bait hook with as small of a split shot as you can find.



Edited by PowerLizard (04/14/15 12:30 PM)

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#10767451 - 04/14/15 12:38 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Pescado Offline
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They've got Abu Garcia and Flueger a bit cheaper.

So am I right in saying a bait casting reel is for heavier fish and a spin casting reel is for smaller fish?

Is a 6' pole sufficient?


Edited by stukatim (04/14/15 12:39 PM)

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#10767457 - 04/14/15 12:42 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Pescado Offline
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Oh, I meant spinning, I didn't know the spin casting was different. http://www.basspro.com/Pflueger-Trion-Spinning-Rod-and-Reel-Combo/product/1306060741407/

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#10770488 - 04/15/15 03:59 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Greg Z Offline
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I would get 7' or longer ultralight rod with a decent spinning reel and 6lb line. The Spirex is a decent real for around $60. Also... Sufix has very low memory and makes great line for a spinning combo.


Edited by Greg Z (04/15/15 04:01 PM)
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#10771254 - 04/15/15 09:55 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Any spinning reel will work. I use 4 or 6 lb Stren mono in the Moss Green color and tie the lure or hook right on. I've caught a ton of trout with a $30 Shimano Syncopate reel and a $40 light Berkley rod. That combo in your link would work, I'd get the 6'6" light rod.
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#10774150 - 04/17/15 12:18 AM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Pescado Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
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Thanks guys, that really helps. I've been doing some research.

I'm thinking 7', light, with 6 lb mono.
Now if I'm fishing reds on the coast I will need a medium 7' with braided and mono at as a leader?

Tim

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#10776483 - 04/17/15 09:15 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Pescado Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 44
I ended up with a Falcon Original rod 6.5' medium-light. Not exactly what I was after but the salesman said the stiffer rod would allow me to catch some bigger fish so if I find myself fishing more for trout I'll get a lighter rod with a 1000 reel.

I got the Shimano Symetre 2500FL with yellow 10 lb Spectra Power Pro braided line and 6 lb Berkley Vanish fluorocarbon leader. I figured about a 4' leader.

Rod and reel were about $100 each which I thank my wife for, I wasn't going to spend more than $80 for the combo but she felt the better equipment may work better for us.

Does any of this rub anyone the wrong way? Will this work for the trout?

Thanks, I know helping someone this remedial is a bit taxing sometimes.
Tim

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#10776538 - 04/17/15 09:38 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1757
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
You are over thinking it. You have a spinning rod and reel with light line. Go fishing.
Thumbs up on the Falcon rod.

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#10776618 - 04/17/15 10:20 PM Re: Fishing trout [Re: Pescado]
Pescado Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 44
Whew...thanks. I was hoping there wasn't something I was missing.

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