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Old 11-26-2013, 08:54 AM
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Default bluegill rig advice

looking for advice on a rod/reel/line for bluegill fishing
i have a local pond thats loaded with them and they will consistantly eat
a sz 16 pt or mosquito dry 50-60 fish is not un common in one session
all catch and release of course

right now im fishing a 8-6 3 wt on them but just wondering what everyone else would recommend for a good rig for fishing these fiesty little fish

most of the bg in my pond are small like 4-5 inches but very healthy and

a ball to catch the surface action can be in one word intense lol


the rig im fishing right now is a cabelas three forks rod with wind river reel
and wff 3 wt line

im thinking about spending a little more coin on a good medium priced rig
maybe $150 -200 to dedicate strictly to bg fishing

please feel free to chime in on what you would buy and where to get it online

any advice would be great

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Redington Classic Trout in 2wt would be nice. I have no experience with rods of lesser weight than a Two. There are guys that REALLY go ultra'lite,,and maybe they'll chime in.

I did wiggle a TFO Finesse Series 1 wt in a shop. I remember thinking,,this would be dynamite on the bluegills !

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I'm using a Redingon CT 8'6" 3wt with a cabelas Wind River reel and a house brand WFF line and house brand backing. It was $130 out the door and I love it. It lets small fish show off and its a joy to cast as long as the the wind isn't an issue. The reel is amazingly good for twenty bucks, it has a nice drag. But honestly for a 3wt who cares? Its only jobs are to hold line and not overspool when I strip line. It checks both boxes nicely. THe CT is fantastic. For seventy five bucks you'd be a fool not to buy one. This would be a rod I'd buy if I had $300 to spend.

That said, if I could find the 2wt for that price I'd buy one. I really like ultra light fishing for panfish. No stress, no hassel and a lot of fun. Its cathartic.
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Redington 3WT CT. I use a 7-6 rather than a longer rod because it is my small stream trout rod too. Smaller weight rods are fun, but lately everytime I fish the wind is blowing hard, and a 3WT is tough enough.

If you go CT and are looking for a nice matching reel, craigthor has my "old" Redington Drift 2/3 and it's definitely for sale. Couple months old and like new.
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I was gonna suggest a CT 4wt for giggles, but a 3wt is probably more fun . Might as well go ultra light and go for a 1 or 0 since you have a 3wt.
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