New rod and tackle?

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  1. chansta

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    So I am planning a trip to a local lake for a couple days of paddling and fishing. I am considering getting a new rod and need a little bit of advice. I currently have the Pflueger president which are use with 8 pound braid. I am going to be fishing for some brown trout and rainbow trout.

    My current rod is a short ugly stick. I am wondering if getting a slightly longer rod May improve my casting distance, and possibly my Hookset

    I fish with power bait jigs and spinners. I was curious if using spoons may work…
     
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    My experience yes to a degree. Upping the weight as well helps for distance. I ocean fish from shore for perch. I use a 7ft salmon rod. With some decent weight you can cast a long way. In a canoe a big rod with that much wind and toss could get tippy. My two cents!
    Cheers Jim

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    Oh btw. People thought I was nuts. But I tested casting distance on a high school field. Tossing just weights. It's was set up for track and field so I got decent gauge of distance.
     
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    What length is your rod?

    A shorter rod will cast more accurately, a longer rod will cast further. I usually use a shorter rod (6', but I have some that are closer to 5' as well), as I generally fish from kayaks or wade. This allows me to get pretty close to where the fish are without spooking them. I have some 7' rods as well, but they get used less often.
     
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    It is less than 6 feet long
     
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    I use a 6.5 ft rod from my kayak, for trout I would go with a ultralight 5lb mono with a 3lb fluorocarbon leader. Small pink worms for trout also work well. I use salted minnows in the spring under a float.
     
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    Not familiar enough with Pfleuger to know reel sizes but if 8 lb is correct line size for your reel then it should be fine on a medium action rod in 6 to 7 foot length.

    I have several Shimano 2000 series reels with 4 to 8 lb test and 6 1/2 foot medium action rods work fine for me.

    Can't help with trout lures.

    Good luck no matter what you decide
     
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    Thanks, brother !
     
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