Thumb-Burner

looking for a cheap but decent spinning rod

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Once you get the rod, make sure the reel is right for that rod.

What I mean is don't get a reel that is too big for the rod. Too big as in the reel is much wider than the first guide. I don't know the exact figures, but the reel should not exceed the size of the first guide by much, or you will have limited casting distance because of the friction caused by the line hitting the guide as it is drawn through by the lure's weight.

 

I explained this to a rookie angler some years back when he asked how I was able to cast my 1/4 oz. spoon as far as I did (about 15-15 yds.) I showed him what I was using, which was 15lb. braid with a 1/4 oz. Kastmaster spoon, then I gave a comparison to the 10-15 lb mono he was using.

When I mentioned the line friction on the first guide he understood, especially when he "heard" the  mono curls hitting the guide when he cast.

 

Sorry for the length, but you'll see my point...Good luck, and may your first fish put a good bend in the rod!

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3 hours ago, FishermanTim said:

Once you get the rod, make sure the reel is right for that rod.

What I mean is don't get a reel that is too big for the rod. Too big as in the reel is much wider than the first guide. I don't know the exact figures, but the reel should not exceed the size of the first guide by much, or you will have limited casting distance because of the friction caused by the line hitting the guide as it is drawn through by the lure's weight.

 

I explained this to a rookie angler some years back when he asked how I was able to cast my 1/4 oz. spoon as far as I did (about 15-15 yds.) I showed him what I was using, which was 15lb. braid with a 1/4 oz. Kastmaster spoon, then I gave a comparison to the 10-15 lb mono he was using.

When I mentioned the line friction on the first guide he understood, especially when he "heard" the  mono curls hitting the guide when he cast.

 

Sorry for the length, but you'll see my point...Good luck, and may your first fish put a good bend in the rod!

Great advice.  I'm pretty experienced, but looking for something cheap for my kayak.  I've had a lot of good gear ( those who know me on here will suggest that's a bit of an understatement) but took a decade away from fishing and starting over

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I’ve  had these 2 fenwick eagle 6’6” 1 pc rods paired with a pflueger president p30’s for about 8 years, they’ve held up well.... stainless guides ...I like the rod, not cheaply made but cheap enough $ wise....

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I picked up a few Berkley AMP medium action 6 and 6.5' rods.

The 6' ones are one piece and the 6.5' are 2 piece.

 

I've been using (and abusing) the 6' one every trip over the past 3 years and they haven't shown any signs of fatigue or stress. About the only thing I have to replace on a (some-what) regular basis are my plastics when they get shredded and the reels when they break from hard use. Of course the reels are cheap $10 jobs from Wallyworld, and I know what to expect from them. They do their job until overwork and stress cause them to fail and then I either scrap the reel or use it for parts for another reel since I tend to buy the same reel each time.

 

The key is to know your gear, its limitations and abilities and then fish accordingly.

Using these rods and reels I've been able to fish, fight and land some impressive freshwater fish.

 

Hope you have good luck as well!!!

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