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jhaiken
01-26-2007, 07:39 PM
I have a beautiful 8' 6" Fenwick graphite fly rod that I never get the chance to use. I think I paid around $150 for it 20 years ago. I'd like to put it to use for crappie. Anyone ever attach a spinning reel to a fly rod with any good results?

fatboy123
01-26-2007, 07:51 PM
I know a couple of guys that do it. They make great jig poles. The feet on a fly reel are generally pretty flat in comparison to spinning reels. You may have to grind off a little to get the feet on a spinning reel to fit into the reelseat of a fly rod

chaunc
01-26-2007, 09:08 PM
I do. I put my Penn 4420 ultralite reel on my 7'6" flyrod. I love it. A little awkward at first but you'll get the feel pretty quick. I cast 1/32 jigs very well with it and the feel of tightlining a jig is great. Give it a try. Use the smallest reel that holds the most line.

crab
01-26-2007, 09:37 PM
They used the fly reel also on Jimmy Houstons show just had it spooled with mono.

fishdoc
01-26-2007, 09:44 PM
i've used one like that for many yrs. found it better to tape reel bout half way up handle. and if ya like it,replace strippin guide with larger spinnin guide. landed 18lb 6 oz carp on 4 lb test usin this outfit!when i first started flatline trollin back in the '80's, used 7' ,8' ,and 9' flyrods set up like this..worked til i could afford some crappie trollin rods.

CrappiePappy
01-27-2007, 02:46 AM
I have a beautiful 8' 6" Fenwick graphite fly rod that I never get the chance to use. I think I paid around $150 for it 20 years ago. I'd like to put it to use for crappie. Anyone ever attach a spinning reel to a fly rod with any good results?

Both flyrods are "hand me downs" from my Grandpa ... with more sentimental value than $$ value. I took the two automatic fly reels off, and replaced them with a spinning reel and b/c reel. They're 8.5ft'rs, and fiberglass, and "Pa" used them with fly line & a leader ... to tightline minnows with. Used to drive me crazy watching him let a Crappie pull the rod tips completely under the water, before setting the hook :p

The TrueTemper (Model 1255) has a Ambassadeur 2500C reel taped to the front edge of the cork handle (and the reelseat is taped over, for comfort) ... the reel is spooled with hi-vis green Trilene XT 8lb test, and is my #2 minner/float outfit.
My #1 minner/float outfit is a Roddy Built Custom Rod (USA) with a big honkin Diawa spinning reel attached ... (it's in the reelseat, and fits fine, no tape needed). The Diawa is so old, that the make/model is worn off ... LOL!! It's spooled with 20# Spiderwire.

I've had excellent results, using these outfits, with the method for which I've set them up .... minnow/float. And I've boated several 2 pound plus Crappie with them. I use my two BnM 8ft Duckworth FnF rods, when I want to cast jigs. But, I usually carry one of the flyrod outfits along ... just in case minners are "necessary". Plus, I get to take my (grand)Pa, in spirit, along with me ... in memory of his mentoring me, in the art of Crappie fishing.
.... luck2ya ... cp :cool:

crappiencali
01-27-2007, 05:06 AM
I started out that way before I went out and bought some long rods. Did pretty well. Hang on if you hook a decent size catfish or green carp!

Glowgood Jigster
01-27-2007, 05:39 AM
I put a little reel on my 8.5' flyrod since I haven't used it in years. Used tywraps to attach it to the handle. Nice graphite rod. Took it in the boat the last few times but never used it, didn't need to. Maybe this year I'll finesse a brush pile with it.
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jhaiken
01-27-2007, 07:33 AM
I picked up one of the 8' Silstar IM7 Noodle Rod(s) Salmon Steelhead Crappie rods for $19 last night on ebay. Is this a good deal? Are the rods any good?

jhaiken
01-27-2007, 02:21 PM
I picked up one of the 8' Silstar IM7 Noodle Rod(s) Salmon Steelhead Crappie rods for $19 last night on ebay. Is this a good deal? Are the rods any good?

Anyone? Can someone suggest a good reel for this rod for shore casting? Thanks.

bigun
01-27-2007, 04:58 PM
I have a beautiful 8' 6" Fenwick graphite fly rod that I never get the chance to use. I think I paid around $150 for it 20 years ago. I'd like to put it to use for crappie. Anyone ever attach a spinning reel to a fly rod with any good results?

I have two 8'6" flyrods that I have the underspin reels on and prefer them over everything else I have tried for jigging. They are simply perfect!

kygorski
01-28-2007, 02:21 AM
Did it, butremember, those snake guides are really not meant for light line fishing.When I did use my fly rod that way, I used an under the rod spin cast reel.When I salmon fished, used a 13 ft noodle rod, and those rods with an ultra lite reel and four lb test, will handle some awful big fish.Have you ever thought of selling it, and buying a suitable light wt 7.5 ft spinning rod?

robbor
01-28-2007, 03:13 AM
I took an old graphite fly rod our with a spinning reel and it felt more sensitive but a little more awkward to reel, I think it was more balanced.

crappie lover ken
01-28-2007, 05:38 AM
I have two fly rods that I use. I put closed face spinning reels on them and they work great. I've put a post on here before saying how i feel that this is the best crappie combo you can have. That's just my opinion though. never used an open face spinning reel on the fly rod. Just to add my reels set just fine in the rods. I use Zebcos closed face with 4 lbs test. let us know how it works out for you.


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