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I was thinking about getting a lite and ultra light action ugly stik gx2 and was wondering what size pflueger trion I should get for which one and what size line

I absolutely refuse to use anything under 6lb test as If i hook up a big fish I don’t want it to die from over stressing 6lbs over would be fine


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Any recommendations for rod length to get then

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I've always wondered why folks would get an "ultra light" rod for anything but panfish. Maybe it's just to increase the fight of a given fish (and then of course stress said fish as stated above)?

I use a medium to medium-light rod as my "light" stuff, even for crappie fishing. I have one modern "light" rod, and I've used it for creek fishing, mainly because of its 5'- 3" length. 

With light tackle, for me, a longer rod helps in the delivery of the lure and in fighting a fish. A longer rod tends to be more forgiving.

Speaking of forgiving- forgive ME for being and opinionated older Hickbilly. It's what I do.

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I was thinking about getting a lite and ultra light action ugly stik gx2 and was wondering what size pflueger trion I should get for which one and what size line

I absolutely refuse to use anything under 6lb test as If i hook up a big fish I don’t want it to die from over stressing 6lbs over would be fine

Need more information. What's the intended fish species you will be going after with this outfit?

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I have ultra light rods that are primarily used for panfish, but I have used them back in MD's shallow brackish rivers and in small streams for targeting bass. It just depends on the situation how useful they may be for bass.

In the brackish water, sometimes they were only interested in small lures, and for the most part I was just fishing for whatever would bite.  In the streams, the bass were not big anyway,  where a 12" bass was big, so fishing there with lures was like fishing with fly gear, you used what matched the forage and it was generally small. So, that's why you might want ultralight gear, but it's not going to be the best choice for all waters.

I read that "fun factor" stuff all the time with fly fishers and to me, it's a bunch of hooey! You choose your gear to fit the flies or lures and both the waters and fish. If the majority of bass will be small, then using ultralight gear isn't going to be detrimental, but if there's a good chance that many will be larger fish, you go with gear that's better suited to get them in quick and not stress them any more than is necessary.   I have fun fishing, regardless of the gear that I use!  ~gf

I have 3 ultralight rods & reels. Two are 7' Quantum Teton Trout rods and the other is an older Quantum 5'6" rod. I have the two 7' rods paired with Mitchell Avocet II reels in the 500 size, and the other rods came with a reel, which is about the same size as the Mitchells.  I also have a Mitchell 1000 size reel, which to me is a light reel, but could be considered ultralight too, that would work well on the 7' rods.  The difference is weight of the reels and line capacity, with the 1000 size reel have more line capacity.

Reels are designated as different model numbers by the various brands, but generally if you go with an ultralight or smaller size light reel on a ultralight rod, I don't think it really makes a lot of difference.  This will be reels that are generally designed for 6lb test lines and lighter. As I had mentioned, I use them primarily for panfish, so when I got them, bass were not my main consideration, but they can be useful for small water.
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Ultra lite for finesse lures

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Again, I don't use "ultra light" for anything. Finesse means smaller lures and line, not tackle. My lightest bass rods are Dobyns 702's and they are considered "medium light". You (I) need some backbone for any kind of fishing. Wimpy rods just don't get it done.

Hope that makes some sense.

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I throw tiny torpedoes and weightless plastics on nothing smaller than a medium rod with a 2500 size reel and 10 lb line.

As Big Jim mentioned, anything smaller is unnecessary and you put a larger fish under a lot of stress.

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I throw tiny torpedoes and weightless plastics on nothing smaller than a medium rod with a 2500 size reel and 10 lb line.

As Big Jim mentioned, anything smaller is unnecessary and you put a larger fish under a lot of stress.

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Honestly I have had success throwing flys with spinning gear because of the results of me trying to fly fish and was just gonna use it in small creeks like oakta creek for small fish
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I will often use my ultralight setups here in the lake, and there are some huge bass here. But I'm not targeting them specifically. I'm primarily looking for the panfish species, Bluegills, Crappies, Shellcrackers and White Perch. Early this year I hooked a big Bowfin on that gear and a Crappie jig, and did manage to land it. Ultralight tackle can handle some bigger fish, but it's not ever going to be my first choice for doing so.

Some of my other spinning rods are designated as "medium" action, and even they may be lighter than some would want for chasing bass. They were also bought with panfish in mind primarily but I can use them for bass. They're composite rods, so more fiberglass than graphite or whatever materials are used. I don't worry too much about backbone with those rods, as they're like using some of the baitcasters that I use for crankbaits, they bend a lot, but still have plenty of backbone, but agree if I'm really concentrating on bass, I'll use medium heavy rods instead.  You don't use a BB gun to hunt big game, so using the right tackle for bass or any other larger fish, should be part of your mindset.  That mindset should also include being capable of landing fish quickly, and releasing them quickly.

I also very much agree with Dale that finesse means lighter lures, not necessarily lighter tackle. I'll use 1/4 oz jigs as a finesse lure and can easily cast them with the medium, or medium heavy rods I have. I have two baitcasters that casting 1/4 oz with them is no problem at all. With some of those outfits I can cast 1/8 oz lures too, just not the same distances.

Just like with that Bowfin, and it was around 2 feet long, we can't predict what might strike our lures, but we can make good choices for what we use when targeting specific fish species and for the conditions where we fish.  In the past, I liked the ultralight gear for catching White Perch, and would occasionally hook up with a small Striper. The tackle handled that fine, but again, would not be my first choice for targeting them specifically. I enjoy fishing with the ultralight tackle, but only within specific types of water for small bass or when targeting panfish species and when I want to target bass now in this lake, I don't even consider using it.
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I use ultra lite for panfish, at Least 6 foot with a 20 size reel.
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I use ultra lite for panfish, at Least 6 foot with a 20 size reel.
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Thx though kinda funny since my musky rod is the same length

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Cabelas has the Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reels on sale for $99.99, and with any type of coupon or discount code, you'll get it even cheaper! I'd recommend a size 25 or 30. 8)

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Cabelas has the Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reels on sale for $99.99, and with any type of coupon or discount code, you'll get it even cheaper! I'd recommend a size 25 or 30. 8)

Your crazy trion is 49.99 I couldn’t afford that it’s more then the trion and rod combined
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Cabelas has the Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reels on sale for $99.99, and with any type of coupon or discount code, you'll get it even cheaper! I'd recommend a size 25 or 30. 8)
Still calling you crazy for spending that much on it as I saw being sold for $75

 


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