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Old 05-28-2015, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default Best rod and reel combo for trout

Hey guys so I'm looking to get a new rod and reel combo . Right now I have a wright and McGill rod and a quatum cabo but I'm looking to upgrade . I was wondering what the best rod is out there for trout I want a good back bone but a flexible tip . Also I need a new spinning reel I would love to but a baitcaster but my other half says I'm not ready yet to upgrade to that reel yet . I'm turning to you guys for help cause there are a lot of rods and reels out there and it's kind of overwhelming to try and find the best one . So if anyone has any advice let me know so I can build up my collection . Thanks
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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Stradic FJ series or Quantum Smoke PTS if you want to be an ounce or two lighter. I don't like slow action rods on any of my inshore stuff though, the faster the action the better because I only fish artificials. Working twitch baits is obnoxious with a fiberglass rod. To be honest I bought the gander mountain graphite rods for 29.99 and can't tell much functional difference between my teramars and customs. The fit and finish on the gander mountain rods suck, but I'm over it. Your mileage may vary, but I'd spend the money on the reel.
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A Medium power, fast action rod is what you are looking for. I find Xfast rods are to fast for trout and their soft mouths. It'll work but not ideal. Not sure how much you are looking to spend but the GLoomis sticks have some of the best tips out there. The new Crucial rods are very nice as well. As for the reel, I like Shimano spinners as the line management with braid is hard to beat. The Symetre is nice for the money.
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Penn 3000 and All-Star inshore rod. I actually have a All Star 6'6" Wacky Worm rod I use for inshore and love the combo.
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Thanks guys for the awsome advice I'm going to have to check these out
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Look for the new antibacterial rods... That way you know they are germ free when you take a picture and it's hanging from your mouth.
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Look for the new antibacterial rods... That way you know they are germ free when you take a picture and it's hanging from your mouth.
Lol good thing I never have put a rod in my mouth it's not cute u have drool coming out lol gross
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I mainly kayak fish, so I only spend as much as I'm willing to lose. If on a budget here are more options - I bought a couple of the Penn Battle Combos ($119 at Bass Pro), a few of the Pfueger President combos ($79 everywhere) that I let guests use, and then a few custom graphites that my son-in-law made with Shimano Symetres. They all catch fish and have survived many dunks.
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Penn Conflict 2500 with a Fenwick HMG 7' medium or medium light.
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+1 on the Quantum smoke PTS. I have the 30 size and it has been very impressive.
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