Somewhere around 6-6’10”. Not looking at bass ultralights as that’s what the ms-x is, and while it’s a great rod one the fish fights past the tip action the backbone will control most anything under 5-6lbs with relative ease. Really wanting something that can let small fish put up a fight while not being an area trout rod, but call throw small crank baits and jerkbaits.ss30378 wrote: ↑Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:43 pmHow long of a rod are you looking for? I’m running an edge silver widow 721 on a casting build (also available in spinning) and have been doing very well catch bass and some stocked rainbow trout. Soft but not a noodle and has enough give to not rip hooks out of trout and crappie.
I have thought about that very seriously. I have a wide stream that I picked up about four years ago from finesse-fishing and love it. Looked into the tenryu rods in both their stream options and one of their stiffer area rods all around the six foot length. Do you happen to know of any stream rods that have a split handle and not solid cork? It isn’t that big of a deal but I do prefer the split handle when not fishing for trout in a stream specifically.
There are none. I too prefer the split grip but on JDM stream rods full cork is the only way they come.Finesse Angler wrote: ↑Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:48 pmI have thought about that very seriously. I have a wide stream that I picked up about four years ago from finesse-fishing and love it. Looked into the tenryu rods in both their stream options and one of their stiffer area rods all around the six foot length. Do you happen to know of any stream rods that have a split handle and not solid cork? It isn’t that big of a deal but I do prefer the split handle when not fishing for trout in a stream specifically.
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Here's a comparison of the Pixy 6'6" MLF, Presso & Dobyns DX702. The Presso dosn't have that BFS backbone, and it didn't fish like a typical trout rod. It's one of the rods I wish that I didn't sell.
So far my favorite rod for this application is the M&N Corporation Twitching Speciale in the 608 length. It's a stream trout rod meant for fishing rivers. It can handle the Megabass X-80 Jr. and X-70 without much stress but begins to struggle with the X-75 Nanahan - you really have to rip the X-75 in order to get it to dart side to side. I'd say its sweet spot is working 4-5 gram hardbaits like the Smith Panish 70 and its upper limit is a 6 gram hardbait like the Ijetlink Megalara 77.
For non hard baits, it can throw spoons down to 1.7 grams just fine, but the action is not ideal for working minijig type soft plastics the way most SoCal anglers prefer (soft tip, slow gentle bounce a.k.a. slow tip recovery). Only an area trout rod would have soft enough tip to impart that kind of cadence and even then the tip recovery is too fast. However, if you jig TroutMagnetMan style then the rod will work for that. An area trout rod will also really struggle to impart action to a hardbait due to the soft tip (my heaviest area rod that can throw lures past 7 grams struggles with even a Panish 70 which has very low water resistance.
The M&N has a pretty decent parabolic bend with the first third bending with a 12" stocker and a deeper parabolic bend with bigger fish (the middle ground between light game rods that shut off in the first third and area trout rods that bend to the handle) with approximately 1lb of drag.
Sensitivity wise compared to a light game rod like the Salty Sensations Scout Master, the M&N rod is noticeably less sensitive with low stretch lines like ester or braid (you get a milder feel in hand not the jarring rumble pack feeling). With a stretchier line like fluoro the sensitivity is pretty close. Not sure why this is the case.
Two things you might want to keep in mind as well: butt length and guide size. Lots of stream trout rods have short butt sections to make 1 handed casting easier which is annoying if you prefer 2 handed casting. Guides on rods meant for river (rather than stream) fishing tend to be optimized for braid and tend to cast fluorocarbon less well. For example my M&N has a line rating of 2-5lbs but starts to struggle with lines thicker than 3lb Seaguar R18 LTD; it casts braid/mono/ester much smoother with less friction with the guides.
Hope this helps!
I noticed this too with the X nanahan - you would think it's a finessey type JB but you really have to crack it to get it to slash - it looks great when worked properly.