I've been primarily a dry fly trout fisherman for 30 years. I'd usually use my spinning rod in April before I could consistently find dry fly action. Fast forward to this past Christmas. My son has been spinner fishing all fall and winter and doing quite well on a panther martin size 6. He asked if I'd like to join him on 12/19/18. I took the invite and we landed over 20 trout between us in a couple hours. I've always tied my own flies so after looking at the spinner I figured I could make them too. So I got the materials I wanted and start playing around. The thing I enjoy most about making them is I can turn them out a lot quicker than flies. After using the spinner for the last three months, I became unsatisfied with my 5 foot spinning rod. I have a custom rod a friend had made me. It's an older loomis blank, but the tip is real similar to St.Croix trout series 5 foot rod. It's a little to soft for my liking. I was prepared to make my own rod at this point. Since I work close to Bass Pro, I figured I check out what they have before purchasing the materials I already have in my mudhole cart. I came across a Bass Pro micro lite 5 foot, UL, fast action road. It has a Tennessee Grip which I was going to put on my build, so I made the purchase. The tip is stiffer and I think it will aid in more solid hook sets and feel. Now I just need the time to get on the water and break it in.