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Colleen Clemens
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Locale: dirtville, CA
just getting started with fishing on 12/21/2007 17:37:26 MST Print View

just picked up a lovely old Fenwick rod at a garage sale - 7 feet long and it weighs 4.75 ounces. the reel that came with it is pretty heavy, tho. what are my choices for lightweight reels? looking to mostly fish streams & high-country lakes in the Sierra Nevada. thanks for all guidance.

Frank Perkins

Locale: North East
Re: just getting started with fishing on 12/21/2007 18:29:02 MST Print View

Check out this thread I started:

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
just getting started with fishing on 12/22/2007 02:15:30 MST Print View


Edited by skopeo on 04/24/2015 23:06:33 MDT.

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Re: just getting started with fishing on 12/22/2007 08:49:12 MST Print View

What I use is a cheapo Daiwa Minispin outfit. You can buy at Cabela's or BassPro for under $40. The unit is pretty lightweight: rod + reel + 100 yd 4# test + swivel around 8 oz. The reel itself is 5.1 oz. Below is a picture of my setup with a rod case I made from a a florescent tube holder ($2) I found at Home Depot. As Mike mentioned 4 lb line is good. I have tried several (including Vanish fluorocarbon) and have settled on Sufix Elite. It is a good, strong, inexpensive line ($7 for 330 yards).


The nice thing with this setup, aside from it being inexpensive, is that you can also use it with a fly & bobber technique - i.e. using flies with a casting bobber if you want to try your hand at it.

The equipment is strong enough to bring in large fish. The largest I have landed was a 23", 6.5 lb rainbow.

For lures I primary use either a

Mepps Agila (1/8 oz)

or a Kastmaster spoon (1/8 oz; gold)

Here my most recent catch (12/04/2007) with the setup: 14" and 19" bows.

Edited by pappekak on 12/22/2007 23:40:45 MST.

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
thank you for the answers so far! on 12/22/2007 12:29:51 MST Print View

confession time - i have no idea if the rod i picked up is a fly rod or what. i picked it up at a garage sale because it was in lovely condition, weighed 4.75 ounces (said so on the pole and i weighed it to verify), came in the original aluminum tube, and cost $5. Merry Christmas! it's a Fenwick FS70-4 and it breaks down into four sections. i don't *think* it's a fly rod, because from my limited exposure to fly fishing i believe the reels look quite different from the reel that came with it.