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SUBJECT: # 42536: BEST Light Jig Rod??

Submitted by Bronzefly ( from TENNESSEE on 10/21/2007 3:14:00 PM

Looking for opinions on the best, most sensitive light jig rod to be used exclusively for clear water smallies. Not too worried about price for this one. I'd like to be able to get a little longer casts than I can with my GLX 802. 1/4 to 1/8 oz. with 8lb. Floro. I'd like to pair it with a nice, small spinning reel. Maybe a Fuego 2500? Thanks!

  1. 10/21/2007 3:57:00 PM Submitted by rvq from VT says Kistler LTA
    I'd try a medium light 7' Kistler w/fast action.Exceptionately light and sensitive. Will through the smaller baits a long way. $250. Can't help with the reel, as I'm stuck on Shimano Stradics. I can't see spending big money on spinning reels. If you are so inclined the Stradic 1000 would pair well with this rod. Bob

  2. 10/21/2007 3:57:00 PM Submitted by Pmedicbm from MS says I'd suggest............
    A Kistler LTA or LTX. Either the 6'9" or 7'0" Medium action model. You will love the rod!! Brad

  3. 10/21/2007 5:03:00 PM Submitted by Jackplateless Ranger 520 ( from OH says spinning rod
    Loomis Bronzeback GLX SMR822sp.

    If you want something stiffer, look at the BSR852 GLX.

  4. 10/21/2007 7:53:00 PM Submitted by PumaJeff from OH says St Croix...
    get yourself a 2008 model St Croix Tournament Bass Series spinning rods! The 2008's are coming out with split grip handles on their spinning rods!

    I'd suggest either a TBS70MLF, or TBS70MF. :o)

  5. 10/21/2007 8:57:00 PM Submitted by mac ( from WV says Agree with puma jeff
    I have both Loomis and St. Croix but for versatility give me the st croix in the mlf seven foot. Mac

  6. 10/22/2007 9:40:00 AM Submitted by MikeF from FL says casting distance
    Two things I've learned about distance on spinning tackle.

    All things being equal a Fast tip will cast farther than an XF tip; a moderate tip would actually be better but I don't think you'll find a M or ML blank with a moderate tip. And recoil guides are nice but they will cost you some distance and of course the longer the rod the better.

    The second is spool diameter; you would be better served going to a reel bigger than you need if you want a little extra distance. The bigger reel won't add but an ounce or so to the overall weight. The ones I use for distance are a Stella 3000FD and a Daiwa Certate 3500HD. The Certate seems to have an advantage on line twist but overall the Stella is a better reel.

  7. 10/22/2007 10:53:00 PM Submitted by RedneckfromRI ( from RI says Dont waste your time........................
    on a factory rod for this one............................

    Contact George and he will build you the rod necessary for your application!!!

    Now if you have to have a factory stick.........Go St Croix................

  8. 10/23/2007 3:52:00 PM Submitted by Rex from AL says Everybody...
    Everybody has their own opinion on rods. I'm no different. I'm a light tackle angler. Rather throw a spinning outfit than eat. Well, close anyway. I've used Kistlers, Croix, Loomis and others. Sold 'em all after the first time I used the Dobyns. Been throwing the 1/4oz and light stuff on the 702SF for the spinning gear. Also found that the DX702C was the best light jig casting rod I've ever put in my hands (favorite). Plenty of feel, plenty of backbone for the hookset. The 702SF or the 702SXF (extra fast) is hard to beat in the spinning gear.

  9. 10/23/2007 5:50:00 PM Submitted by hellathump ( from AL says Easy Choice
    Shabbler from Megabass is by far the best rod for 1/4 and under applications. It is much more sensitive than any American made product period. Megabass rolls there own blanks and they are much much better than any spinning rod on the market IMHO. Have had friends with tons on GLX's fish my shabblers and say "wow" i didn't know there was something better than a GLX. You will pay for this rod tho! $400 is about what they cost new. I just sold my last used one for $330. If you truly want the best fish this rod!

  10. 10/23/2007 11:21:00 PM Submitted by Bronzefly ( from TN says follow up...
    Thanks to all for your advice. hella - love the megabass, but just don't like their warranty (or lack thereof). rex - never put a dobyns rod in my hands, and would love to try one out - i'll have to see if anyone near Knoxville has one. red - contacting George has been in the back of my mind for this one... PumaJeff, are you sponsored by St. Croix? I'll have to check out the new series - I do like the idea of the 7' ML rod - and for the Kistlers... I like them, they're very sensitive, nice rods but seem very brittle to me as I've broken a couple on hooksets, but they do have a good warranty. JR, I'm a big Loomis fan, but cant seem to find one I like for this application... Any and all suggestions still welcome!! Love this site!

  11. 10/23/2007 11:35:00 PM Submitted by Jeff Hahn from OH says light jig rod
    Bronzefly: This is my pick, but they haven't been made in 20 years. Lew's (the original Lew's when they were in Foley, Alabama) used to make a medium light spinning rod, SIC model, with a solid graphite tip. I've got 2 of them and bought one for my wife on E-Bay about 7 years ago. 15 years ago they sold for $100 and were worth every penny. They are only 5'6" long, so I don;t use them on Lake Erie, where I want a longer rod when fishing deep water. But, for my fun fishing trips to our family's cottage in Ontario, they are all I fish...along with 6 pound Izorline Platinum (8 pound for my wife) and either a small tube, hair jig and rind, or a drop-shot. They are so sensitive that I can feel an 3/32 ounce hair jig thump the bottom in 15 feet of water.

    Jeff Hahn

  12. 10/24/2007 10:37:00 AM Submitted by PumaJeff from OH says Bronzefly...
    no not sponsored, just know a good thang when I see/use it!

  13. 10/24/2007 12:29:00 PM Submitted by George's Custom Rods from ID says Light jig rod...
    Joining in here a little late, but thought I'd share my thoughts. I have a new rod that I absolutely love. It is a St. Croix LE / 5S66MLF spinning blank that I built as a casting rod. I have a silver Pixy on it. I used it the last couple of trips to Brownlee, but I was using it to DS a Zoom fluke. I caught some nice 2-3# smallies in 20-30'. As for sensitivity, it would work well for your jigs, too.

    I have an article that will be printed soon in Mark Lassagne's, Bass Anglers Guide regarding blank action. MikeF is right on...the softer blank tips will cast light baits further than a stiffer tip. The light weight will allow more of the blank to load...then unload its energy with the softer tip. With this in mind, I'd recommend a Fast action over a X-Fast when "casting" the lighter weights.

    That being said, the X-Fast blank will have greater sensitivity than a softer blank. With the blank being stiffer, the vibrations are transmitted better than in a softer tipped blank. I hope that makes sense.

    Good luck and if I can help you with your project, just let me know.


    George's Custom Rods
    Phone: 208-549-0454
    Website: www.georgescustomrods

  14. 10/26/2007 8:14:00 AM Submitted by Tr20 ( from TX says Falcon Cara Soinning rod
    The price you pay for these rods you will think that you have stolen it. More guides reduce line slap thus increasing distance..I'm telling ya check out the Cara series from Falcon rods!!

  15. 10/28/2007 12:22:00 AM Submitted by RedneckfromRI ( from RI says I agree with.................both Jeff and George...........but.......
    with another could also save yourself a bunch of $$ and just spool your reel with braid and some Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon leader and you could get as much sensitivity as the higher end rods with a lesser rod!And it would only be slightly heavier in weight!! Benifit to this you ask? Your pocket wont be as LIGHT!!!! LOL!!!!

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