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What action rod do you use for trout and why?

I have always used an ultra-light. Why? Because that's what I was always told was best and had drilled into my head since I was a child. I guess the logic is that ultra-lights are sensitive enough to detect even the slightest nibble from a finicky trout. However, I had a medium-light action rod that had a very sensitive tip and to be honest with you it seemed as sensitive as my ultra-light. I guess the other reason people use ultra-lights is because they make fighting fish more fun. Even small trout feel like lunkers with an ulta-light. However, I am not interested in using a rod that makes small fish feel bigger. I am interested in catching big fish that fight like big fish. I am asking this because I am thinking about investing in a light action or medium light action rod again. The medium light action I had got stepped on and is broken. I have a friend who uses a light action rod that is close to if not 8 feet long and it works great for trout. He uses a long rod because it eliminates the need for split shot to help him cast further. He gets close to a hole or whirl pool while facing up stream and he can just reach out with the long rod and drop the bait in without any split shot. He insists that the use of split shot causes most natural baits to act unnatural as many common trout baits do not sink but float. He is an accomplish trout fisherman and I have witnessed his success. I am thinking about going with a nice long medium-light action rod for the same purpose. Any opinions?
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

My ultra-light is only 5'6"
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

I use a 6 1/2 foot light action St. Croix.
It has a very sensitive tip, yet has the backbone for good hook sets and the ability to fight larger fish. I also have a 7 1/2 foot med/light St Croix that I have used for trout a couple of times but it seemed to me to be overkill and wasn't really matched well with 4 lb line. 4lb line was the bottom end of recommended line for that rod. Seemed like I was breaking my line on hooksets at times and the fight from an average size trout wasn't as good.

Lost too many big trout when I was using a UL rod, so I no longer have one.
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

Depends on the situation. I have a 9' 6" light action noodle rod that I use most of the time. When I am on a small, tight space stream I usually use my 6' ultra light then. I love the long noodle rod because you can toss a real light spinner or spoon a long ways. You can use it for flies and can toss a tiny unweighted minnow or butterworm real good with it too.

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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

I use a 5'6" UL also but in my opinion, the spine of the rod is critical when it comes to flex and action. I build my own rods so I take the time to find the spine of the rod before I tie my guides on. A person may buy the same rod at a store but some manufactures dont take the time to find the spine of the rod. Two identical rods with the same specs, one spined and one not could have different actions, in my opinion.
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

I have several trout rigs in the 4' 6" to 5 foot range with tiny reels spooled with 2 lb test...nothing worse than watching some guy yank a 12" trout across the top of the water at mach 2 while using a heavy river outfit...jmho
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

This thread is kind of funny in that I have been ridiculed before for playing fish "too long" by using light line for big fish, but then read some threads where it is wrong to use too big of gear. Not mocking anyone, I love using "small" gear. But it is funny how different people are about things.

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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

5'3 loomis trout ul here.
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Have 2 rods, 6 1/2' n 7 1/2', using 4 lbs. fluorocarbon , med lite actions. Feel strikes better , n I fish a lot of nymphs off my rods. U move more line on the hook set with a longer rod vs short.
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Re: What action rod do you use for trout and why?

Two years ago I bought myself a St.Croix Avid 5'6" UL rod. I absolutely love it! I can feel everything. It also performed well when I caught my 20" Palomino this season. I use a Pfueger President reel with 4lb.fluorocarbon line.
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