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I grew up knee deep in salt water and never did much of fresh water fishing.
Maybe one day

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5 minutes ago, 3Blade said:

I will be with my 6' rod and spinning reel with power bait and trout magnets-going after stocked trout. You wild trout purist snobs keep your bashing to a minimum please.:rofl:

lol just think you can make Claymation animals out of the leftover power bait. lol jk. Best of luck 3 blade.  

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NJ NY PA for me 

not many trips to each. once the salt water bite heats up but still worth the price of the license for the few times I do go 

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I'm looking to get into Ultralight trout fishing this year. Maybe someone can help me with this question. I see some many different manufacturers of ultralight spinning rods on the market, What would be a good rod to buy for streams and Kayak lake fishing, rod length, rod weight & warranty. My friend told me to get the new Ugly Stik Elite, Does anyone use the Ugly Stik?. Any help would be appreciated.

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4 minutes ago, Coonan357 said:

I'm looking to get into Ultralight trout fishing this year. Maybe someone can help me with this question. I see some many different manufacturers of ultralight spinning rods on the market, What would be a good rod to buy for streams and Kayak lake fishing, rod length, rod weight & warranty. My friend told me to get the new Ugly Stik Elite, Does anyone use the Ugly Stik?. Any help would be appreciated.

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rod length a lot of times is better based on the allowable area to cast, a shorter rod for smaller creeks and streams , a longer rod for bigger streams and rivers.

I like the Fenwick HMG rods, for the money they are a super rod.

for a longer ultralight I like  the Fenwick Elite Tech River runner series

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44 minutes ago, 3Blade said:

I will be with my 6' rod and spinning reel with power bait and trout magnets-going after stocked trout. You wild trout purist snobs keep your bashing to a minimum please.:rofl:

I was all about salmon eggs and Mepps or Fox Vibrax spinners when I didn't exclusively fly fish.  I felt I could catch every trout in the river armed with those.  These days, the odd fluke trip or striper trolling trip are my only exceptions to fly fishing.  But I refuse to wear tweed while dry fly fishing and casting upstream.  I do have my snobbery limits, after all.  :)     

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Fly fishing NJ, NY and maybe PA this year.  All fish caught released.

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NJ PA NY for sure, maybe WY or MT, I like big water, haven't used a spinning rod in 20 years

 

due to get back to the Kootenai in MT

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2 hours ago, Bucksnbows said:

I keep telling you that once I get you catching huge, wild trout on the West Branch, you'll toss your spinning gear in the trash.  And on dries, but you will need to cast far, young grasshopper.  And learn the reach cast and upstream mend.  So much to teach you still :nerd::rofl:

Brian is a great guide......my daughter  and her boyfriend did a trip with him and had a great time......

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1 hour ago, hammer4reel said:

rod length a lot of times is better based on the allowable area to cast, a shorter rod for smaller creeks and streams , a longer rod for bigger streams and rivers.

I like the Fenwick HMG rods, for the money they are a super rod.

for a longer ultralight I like  the Fenwick Elite Tech River runner series

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Thank you for the help, It's very confusing trying to pick the correct rod with all the manufacturers making different actions, weight, modulus ratings.

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3 hours ago, Bucksnbows said:

I keep telling you that once I get you catching huge, wild trout on the West Branch, you'll toss your spinning gear in the trash.  And on dries, but you will need to cast far, young grasshopper.  And learn the reach cast and upstream mend.  So much to teach you still :nerd::rofl:

 

Not only will you toss the spinning gear in the trash, but you’ll never want to fish NJ again. I know I have completely stopped fishing nj. I only fish  NY and sometimes PA now. Wild fish make stocked trout  seem like fighting a wet rag. And you don’t have nearly the same amount of fishing pressure. Most anglers up there also show a bit more respect to their fellow anglers. 

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IMO the best rod length for all around trout fishing  is a 6' to 6'6" ultra light with the 6'6" being my personal choice rated for 2 to 6 lb test line and good reel that's rated for the same, the manufacturer of rod and reel you choose will depend on how much you're willing to spend . Use 4 lb test when the waters up and 2 lb when its low and clear. That should get you started in the right direction

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Mostly spinning early season, then fly later.  Going to get the camper ready as soon as the snow melts and get it up to my property on Lake Ontario, and do some spring Brown Trout shore/surf fishing.  My biggest Brown from shore 17lb, 30z.

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