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Old 05-16-2009, 08:02 PM
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I seen the coolest thing today, a guy at the pond had a 12ft spay rod and the large arbour reel was open on the handle side, he had mono line on the reel and used to hold it off to the side and he could cast a float just like a spinning reel, anybody ever see this before?
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That's not a spey rod, its a centerpin rig. Its generally used with float rigs on rivers to get extremely long drifts. Its quite effective, but the method's practicioners have fouled its reputation via questionable sportsmanship.

Honestly, other than practice, I see no good reason to fish the rig on stillwater.
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that's not a spey rod, its a centerpin rig. Its generally used with float rigs on rivers to get extremely long drifts. Its quite effective, but the method's practicioners have fouled its reputation via questionable sportsmanship.

Honestly, other than practice, i see no good reason to fish the rig on stillwater.
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I fish a centerpin rig and can only see one reason for using such a long rod and float rig in still water. Crappie. Lots of float rods are just an overpriced crappie rod from what I have seen. Vertical fishing with a long rod works great for crappie, and a float rod would work well for that. Then again, so would a cane pole.

Now about this questionable sportsmanship... I sense a story behind that. Please, do tell. I haven't heard anything about it.
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I fish a centerpin rig and can only see one reason for using such a long rod and float rig in still water. Crappie. Lots of float rods are just an overpriced crappie rod from what I have seen. Vertical fishing with a long rod works great for crappie, and a float rod would work well for that. Then again, so would a cane pole.

Now about this questionable sportsmanship... I sense a story behind that. Please, do tell. I haven't heard anything about it.
Playing fish too long is bad for them and often leads to the dying afterwards. Using a crappie rod for Steelhead sounds like a pretty good example of that.

Pinners also often fish with spawn sacs- clumps of trout roe. These will thus of course never hatch into baby trouts, and also tend to be swallowed so deeply by fish that safe release is impossible.
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Wow. I hadn't heard that. Thanks.

Most centerpin reels hold several hundred yards of line and backing, so long drifts are possible. I haven't developed enough skill to drift more than maybe a hundred yards, but I can see how dragging a fish three or four hundred yards against the current could kill it. What I really haven't figured out is how anybody has the eyesight to find their float at distances over a hundred yards anyway. I would also wonder if that has something to do with gut hooking as well.

I'm the only pinner I know of in my area, so I can't speak for anybody else. I use worms, maggots, random selections of canned artificial baits, or even wet flies, as crazy as that sounds.

Again, thanks for the info.
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