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Trout Spinning Rod Options

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Those who know me have probably figured out that I never know when to leave things alone gear wise. I’m always looking for a little better mouse trap  and /or a possible replacement IF a favorite rod disappears from the marketplace. 

More as an FYI rather than a ringing endorsement. The Lews Wally Marshall crappie spinning rods are in the same price range, weight range, and functional range as the beloved Air Stream Rod. 

See the attached photo. The Air Stream is a tiny bit lighter and a tiny bit faster than the Lews. I need more time Fishing it and more fish caught on the Lews a fully formed opinion, but I’m not ready to break it over my knee. I guess my one concern is what I call recovery time. Does the rod react quickly enough to a rapid change in direction from the fish to keep the line tight and the fish hooked up. I had a couple mystery get offs so far and I’m paranoid about that. 

100% sure it will fish small cranks (SR 5), small lipless cranks (3/16 oz Spot), and small jerkbaits (Rapala F7) very well. 

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Ham you steered me towards the St. Croix Avid and it's got well over 100 trout already on it.  After fishing the Premiers in the shorter length for so long I can say I'm more than impressed with the upgrade.  Yes they are kinda pricey, but the feel and back bone are crazy good on it.  Well worth the extra $60 over the Premier rods imho.  

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2 hours ago, Gavin said:

6’ 9” Northfork Composites mL blank will get it done. Great for jigs or jerkbaits. Not cheap and you gotta assemble it.

I’m sure they’re great. I prefer cheap and pre-assembled. 

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