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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2019, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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That looks like a nice rod and I am a big fan of a Tennessee grip.
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I’m sure the spinners you made are better quality than Panther Martins. Panther Martins are made with thin wire that bends much too easily.

I used to use UL rods but thought they gave too much to provide good hooksets. I now use fast action St. Croix ML rods. But that’s me, lots of people prefer UL rods. It’s a very individual thing.

Good luck with your new rod and spinners.

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If your ever in the area of Bass Pro stop and give the rod a shake. It's the stiffest UL I've handles. I fished it yesterday and the give on the hook set is now gone.

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If you're ever in the area of Bass Pro stop and give the rod a shake. It's the stiffest UL I've handled. I fished it yesterday and the give on the hook set is now gone.
I'm very happy with the rods that I use now, but if I'm in that area, I'll look at it in the store. Thanks.

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