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    Default Favorite light jig throwing rod length

    Iíve been sitting here this morning with it 35 degrees outside with a wind advisory for today . High projected is 39 and windy .
    So, I googled ď Crappie.com favorite rod length for casting jigsĒ and got several old posts with some interesting reading .
    Posts went back as far as 2008 with a lot of same people responding over the years to the newer posts as they progressed to last year .
    Most preferred longer rods .

    When the weather permitted , Iíve been fishing different rods I own , from 5-7í , UL to light power rods . Trying to narrow down the best casting combos that were the most sensitive and the most enjoyable to fish with throwing light jigs
    And I did have a winner . Actually two but theyíre similar.
    My one piece 5í4Ē St Croix ULF panfish series , both the new 2022 version and my old version 5í4Ē one piece SC ULF Panfish.
    It just seemed these two rods did everything Best and were a joy to chase gills with .
    Iíve also gone to a larger spool reel , 1000 up to a 2000 size ( with a lot of backing on the 2000)
    With these reels the rod when gripped the way I do , just sort suspends , which I think may add to the sensitivity.
    I used 4# P-line on most days . A couple times I fished 2# but the difference between 2# and 4# wasnít as much as I thought it would be .
    With this said , Iíd be interested in hearing about your favorite combo for casting light jigs .
    I hope some of the folks who have posted in similar threads previously will post , as Iíd like to see how youíve changed , if you have .
    I have and probably will again .

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    I’ve run the gamut on rod length.

    For now, I prefer “over 6-feet but under 7-feet”.
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    Hands down favorite is my 7' Shimano Soare BB paired with a Shimano Stella 2000, 2018 model which has a shallow spool. I use either 2-3lb. Maxima. I've been using it for almost four years and like it so much I bought a second one. I broke the tip off one and still use it and catch a lot of fish with it. Recently ordered two replacement tips, one to replace the broken one and the other in case I break another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    Iíve run the gamut on rod length.

    For now, I prefer ďover 6-feet but under 7-feetĒ.
    DBD, could one of these rods be a 6feet9 by any chance? Because my latest Tict R. Finesse 6-9 is one fine casting machine, especially off of salty jettes for light game species like jacksmelt, wrasses, and the like of fast swimmers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVSpinfisher1 View Post
    DBD, could one of these rods be a 6feet9 by any chance? Because my latest Tict R. Finesse 6-9 ...

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    My favorite is 6'10"; second is 6'9". So I'm in the same platoon as db4d!
    "Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever drinking, all in mail never clinking."
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    Gillchaser, on the shorter side of rods Iíve been having great success with a Berkeley Lightning rod b4 I started the the JDM rabbit hole and the said rod was being used less and less. This is the model:
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    It cast down to 1/32 oz but I havenít got the reason to go that light, Iím mostly flinging floatNflies or dropshotting jigs from 1/8 to 1/4 oz., but itís action tells me it wonít be a problem with lighter stuff. Cheers!


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    I’m right in there with you guys - 6’3” to 6 1/2 or so.
    Bob
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    I too, am in the "longer for smaller" camp. I like an ultralight fast action rod in the 6'6" to 7'3" range. Now, my oldest grandson (He is 9) has a whippy little rod he got on our annual pilgrimage to Grizzly Jig when we go to Realfoot. He can flick a 1/32 jig about a football field with that thing.

    Ok, a football field is a stretch but he can huck it with that thing. I honestly think it is some type of ice fishing rod, but it is about 4' long and it preloads like crazy.

    All that to say this...sometimes, I think distance to jig weight ratio is less about length and is more about rod action and casting mechanics, probably a combination of all three.
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    True. Lots of variables in play. That said, if all those other variables are equal, a longer rod will cast further: moment of inertia at the end of the rod equals force x length squared (a simplification since this formula is for a rod that doesn't bend).
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