Monday, May 28, 2012

The Super Light 8 ft. Micro Light Spinning Rod by Daiwa


From time to time I come across some great fishing equipment and accessories I like to share with you with guys. As most of you know I not only fly fish but I am an avid Micro Light fisherman. When I say Micro Light I am referring to spinning tackle in the 2 to 4 lb test range. The spinning rods that fall into this category are 6 ft. to 9 ½ ft. Landing fish on these long rods is like using a fly rod. The two companies that actually started manufacturing Micro Lights rods first were Bass Pro and Daiwa. The Bass Pro rods start with a 5 ½ ft. traveling pack to the 9 ½ ft. float and fly medium action Micro Light. Daiwa has the same type rods but with a little more finesse than the Bass Pro version. Their guides are smaller and the rods are lighter than the Bass Pro series. Their 8 ft. version is the one that is really caught my attention, because of the reviews and the lightness. This rod paired with the Quantum Optix Spinning Reel is a killer for pan fish, trout and yes it even has the backbone for larger fish. The reel will spool 125 yards of 4 lb test line and 150 yards of 2 lb test line. In my opinion it is the ultimate in Micro Light fishing. The complete combo is priced under 70.00 bucks and that is a bargain when it comes to Micro Light fishing. Bass Pro has basically the same rod but with a price tag of 55.00 plus tax. The Bass Pro version has a little more weight and the guides are larger. When it comes to Micro fishing I like finesse and the 8 ft. Spinmatic by Daiwa fits the bill. For that fisherman out there that has not mastered the fly rod or wants to mimic fly fishing then this is the combo for you. Check it out you might be surprised how close you come to fly fishing when using this combo.

10 comments:

Devin Angleberger said...

Great rod, I have the 9ft Trout Magnet Rod with 2lb test. And who ever said 2lb test was light;), try 1 lb or some even spool up with light 7x tippet and then some 2lb backing on spin gear. Great post.

Howard Levett said...

Funny you should mention this Bill. I dug out several ultralight rods and reels today. It's time to put on new line and start preparing for a trip I'll be taking soon. The Diawa is my go to when spinning.

Bill Trussell said...

Devin
I have looked at the Magnet rod and it looks like it would be a good fit for trout or panfish. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
Diawa's Spinmatic is one of the best at 40.00 bucks it is a bargain. Thanks for the comment

Casey Ryan said...

good deal man, i mostly flyfish but i do have a couple ultralight spinningoutfits i pick up occasionally.

John said...

My friend TS got me into micro light with his 2 piece 4.5 foot Diawa that he could bend tip to tip. My rod of choice is a 5.5 foot Berkley Cherrywood, It makes everything feel like a "keeper"

Bill Trussell said...

Casey
Fly fishing and Micro Light fishing is all I do now--the two styles of fishing is the ultimate in landing fishing

Bill Trussell said...

John
The Berkley Cherrywood makes a great fly rod too. Thanks for the comment

Unknown said...

Really big fan of my 8ft UL Daiwa Spinmatic. Have it paired up with a 1000 FG Shimano Spirex (2lb-6lb), spooled with 4lb fluorocarbon line, and it's killer combo. Have used it for pretty much anything under the sun in regards to fishing techniques and rigs. Really like drop shotting small (or even big) plastics, shaky heading, and other finesse applications. It really is just perfect for that. Have been thinking of getting a small Okuma Avenger with the baitfeeding option to go UL surfcasting in the Sea of Cortez. It has a better seal than the spirex & can use live bait more effectively.

I was actually checking out some of the Quantum reels, like the Xtralite reel, which seems to be really solid. Nice to know that their Optix has been getting the job done for you.

Bill Trussell said...

Unknown
I am glad you found this post helpful, I am so into my micro light rods, especially the 8 ft. one. Crappie fishing with these rods are a blast. Thanks for the comment