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I dont know what your budget is but I just upgraded from my ugly stick/shimano setup to a pflueger President special edition reel and fenwick hmx 5'6" UL rod for $133 and some change. It is a night and day difference between my old and new. I absolutely love the new combo.
 

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You can use the St. Croix TSS54ULF as a basis of what you would be looking for. If you want to swing the $110 +/- for it, go for it, you won't regret it.

As for reel, it doesn't really matter, stay with a manufacturer you trust but I HIGHLY recommend a reel with a 6:1 ratio for spin fishing so you can keep the spinners moving fast and fluent without snagging.
 

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You can use the St. Croix TSS54ULF as a basis of what you would be looking for. If you want to swing the $110 +/- for it, go for it, you won't regret it.

As for reel, it doesn't really matter, stay with a manufacturer you trust but I HIGHLY recommend a reel with a 6:1 ratio for spin fishing so you can keep the spinners moving fast and fluent without snagging.
I could not agree more with you on the St Croix but for $10 more you can get the 5'-6 premier series and it is made in America. I have had mine for close to 30 years.
 

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My local sg store has the pfluefer president combo I was looking at yesterday. Have to say the reel was extremely smooth and at $65, I thought it was a good deal. I am no huge trout fisher though.
 

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I just bought two Pflueger President reels over the last month. I didn't know much about them. I just like the way it felt, smooth but solid. The first reel was the 25 model. I paired it with an Uglystik. I then went and got the smaller 20 sized reel and paired it with a cheap Shakespeare Micro lite from Walmart. I didn't know the reel was so popular. I see many on here also like the Pflueger President Series reels.
 

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I bought two as well (was planning on only buying one - but the 2nd one jumped from shelf into my hand)


40 model - strung up with 30lb braid for weed choked bass ponds,

25 model - paired it up with UL rod - most likely for spinner tossing..

I am very satisfied with purchase - plus got a rebate of $10 on the 40 model...
 

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Most people will suggest an ul but I don't agree with that school of thought. I had a medium light rapala that I loved until someone stepped on it. It also only cost me around $30. It had a sensitive tip so it was good for trout but heavy enough to handle much larger fish. I have a friend who is a stellar trout fisherman who uses a ten foot light action noodle rod. He only paid $20 for it. My only advice is that you don't have to stick to the norms or break the bank for a "trout rod'"
 
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