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    The casting dynamics of a float 'n fly might be tricky with a BFS casting reel - the long leader between fly and float may make it tricky to properly load the rod unless the float is quite heavy. With too light a float, the rig may bolo and slow down and cause an overwind. A well-shotted antenna float would provide adequate casting weight and be sensitive enough to show bites.

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    Thank all of you for the input. After reading this I think I may just stick with a spinning reel set up but it is very interesting to read about and watch the you tube on how other fisherman set up their equipment and read about all the tricks to tune your reels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bayou Boy View Post
    Thank all of you for the input. After reading this I think I may just stick with a spinning reel set up but it is very interesting to read about and watch the you tube on how other fisherman set up their equipment and read about all the tricks to tune your reels.
    You make the right decision. The way you want to fish, 1/32oz hair jig, float and fly, nothing beat good old spinning. To me, Alphahawk showed the perfect way of “how to use BFS”, Extreme casting, super accuracy, and rapid cast. The weight is not the only thing concerned in Baitfinesse System.
    Yes the are some benefits using BFS, but it might not worth the headache and the money invested. Don’t ask me why I know, but ask 5 of my BFS setups sitting in the garage just for show. My rigs can cast down to 1/24oz jig head with plastic and I also capable of casting 1/8oz weighted bobbers with 4’ leader but I preferred to use spinning these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Bass View Post
    You make the right decision. The way you want to fish, 1/32oz hair jig, float and fly, nothing beat good old spinning. To me, Alphahawk showed the perfect way of “how to use BFS”, Extreme casting, super accuracy, and rapid cast. The weight is not the only thing concerned in Baitfinesse System.
    Yes the are some benefits using BFS, but it might not worth the headache and the money invested. Don’t ask me why I know, but ask 5 of my BFS setups sitting in the garage just for show. My rigs can cast down to 1/24oz jig head with plastic and I also capable of casting 1/8oz weighted bobbers with 4’ leader but I preferred to use spinning these days.
    Would you mind detailing the BFS setups you have and how they preform.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Would you mind detailing the BFS setups you have and how they preform.
    Thanks!
    Daiwa pixy airy red with Rays spool
    Daiwa alphas air (sold)
    Daiwa alphas 103 with Rays spool
    Abu ALX with AMO spool
    Shimano curado 70 with Rays Spool
    Daiwa SV103 with Rays spool
    Shimano Scorpion XT1000 with Yumeya spool.

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    Tsurinoya PROFLEX II solid tip (broken)
    Tsurinoya Dexterity 72 solid tip
    Kuying Teton 632 UL Sold
    Trout Killer UL and L 63 broken
    Majorcraft speedstyle UL/BFS 64
    Majorcraft Go emotion L/BF 65
    Majorcraft Benkei L/BF 67
    Daiwa Spinmatic UL 7

    some of the setup will be used for bass not for the lightest lure in the world but for my Finesse fishing which will enchant my usual technique to cast further and gain more control. Some I use for crappie every once a while just for fun and SHOW OFF that Im in the hype. It is not a waste for me since those reels are my collection anyway.
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    How thick is that braid you have on your finesse baitcasters? PE number or lbs test?

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    Just Bass, thanks for the reply. Great collection you have assembled. What would be a good setup to cast 1/16 oz jigs for crappie with 4lb mono? There's all sorts of videos on Youtube and not sure what to start with, reels from $70 to $500. Not nearly as much info on the rods. Most look pretty stiff and seem to have a higher line rating (2-8 lb). Seems like the rods would need to be pretty flexable to handle lighter lures.

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    Me? Most of those are 8lb Sufix832 or 10lb Power Pro, twos that I use mostly for bass are 6lb copolymer line. It is essential to use shallow spool if you are plan to fish with super thin braid and don’t want to go spinning route. Regular baitcasters, you will have a hard time casting without backlash or line dig in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    Just Bass, thanks for the reply. Great collection you have assembled. What would be a good setup to cast 1/16 oz jigs for crappie with 4lb mono? There's all sorts of videos on Youtube and not sure what to start with, reels from $70 to $500. Not nearly as much info on the rods. Most look pretty stiff and seem to have a higher line rating (2-8 lb). Seems like the rods would need to be pretty flexable to handle lighter lures.
    Most of my rods are not super flex mostly stiff blank and fast tip since I’m mainly a bass guy. Most of my are BFS bass rod which is different for trout with moderate blank. For crappie, the one that is pretty popular among starter BFS is Kuying Teton UL and Light rated (trout rod). Anyway all my setups can handle 1/16oz jig with plastic no problem. If you are not gonna try to cast “trout magnet” or go below 1/16oz jig head, any shallow spool reel should work fine. You can start from Abu Promax and buy shallow spool for it, or you can buy any of those Chinese reels that seen often from those YouTube guys.

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    Yep. I took an Abu Garcia Black Max, upgraded the bearings, and added a shallow spool. It will cast 1/32 oz jigs no problem. I have it on a cheap AliExpess Acehawk CU Double rod. The entire set up could be had for under $100 or so. Or just buy one of the Ali BFS reels like PW100 GH100, KR Phantom, etc.
    Check out my Instagram fishing pics:
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