Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod
|Price:||$19.99 - $46.89|
- Graphite composite rods with perfect light and ultralight actions
- Full cork handles
- Conventional reel seat with cushioned hoods
- Stainless Steel guides with stainless steel inserts
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If you haven't tried it yet, ultra-light fishing can be one of the most enjoyable ways to fish. The Shakespeare Micro Series rods have a variety of actions and lengths to fit any species and are perfect for fishing with lighter lures and lines.
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Pros: rod length and backbone without being too soft a rod in action- perfect for rivers / lakes / ponds because it gives you the extra length to apply pressure to hooked fish and toss light lures 1/3 distance farther than shorter rods can. The farther out I can cast, the more I can work a lure / bait / nymph in over fish to over shoot and bring it in right on them with a perfect presentation or get more of a natural drift in river work. It has been about time industry got it's act together to sell some premium rods at a bargain price. I usually don't buy Shakespeare, but this was an exception due to picking up and handling the rod at the store and inspecting all the rod guides / reel seating, etc. It was good work and great balance.
Cons: none, get a 45" rod tube / reel protector and strap it / zip tie it to a backpack / throw it in the back of your SUV and you have a winner for trout / panfish / bass.
Bottom Line: I would buy it again and mine is mounted with a medium reel to give me 300yds of 4lb test for trout fishing lake use. Buy one before they are gone- as these are usually custom rods that are hard to find past the 6ft area and a 7ft or 7 1/2 foot light spinning rod in open water is an artist tool to use in precision and presentation. I fly fish, so I am already used to 8ft fly rods and recommend the light rod vs the ultralight rod. This is because an ultralight rod is fine for crappie and bluegill / 2lb trout. But if you hook a 5lb bass or 20+ inch trout, you want the extra backbone of the light rated for 4lb - 8lb will give you.
When it comes to hooking a trophy fish, you want to reel him in rather than have him bend your rod to nothing and lose angle advantage. The ultralight is suited up to 3lb fish. The light model is suited better for 2lb to 10lb fish. I have fished enough ultralight rigs over the years and lost some big ones in going too light because you can't control the fish / apply enough rod backbone when needed. You can still catch 1 to 3lb fish all day long with the light rod, but if you hook a "Hawg" or "Bull" trophy you have enough rod backbone to apply effective pressure to land him still using 4lb line. My preference is a 7ft spinning rod over shorter rods- longer distance with less effort and more control. Even in salt water- fishing the weed beds for Reds and saltwater trout- I like a 7ft medium spinning rod. They just plain work. This rod is quality built- will buy another one.
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I just received this rod and haven't really put it to the test to make a really good review.Read more
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Pure Fishing I wish was 4lb to10lb line, I order them online, they didn't tell how lb.Read more