It all started a couple of years ago, when I seriously became interested in ultra-light spinning. It was this type of fishing that attracted me with its grace, ease, I would even say beauty. But, since the spinning season was ending, and in the winter there was no opportunity to go fishing, I decided to postpone this venture until next spring. During all this time, I read a lot of literature on this subject, talked with a fairly large number of people and now I want to share my impressions and knowledge. I note that for me it was important to select high-quality gear for a reasonable price, test their working qualities and durability. To begin with, I would like to touch upon the most important issue – the issue of equipment.
Tackle, and especially ultralight spinning, should be perfectly matched to the person and, of course, fishing conditions. To begin with, in my opinion, you need to decide on the lures and the place of fishing, since, in principle, two UL sticks are required: one 1.7-2.1 meters long for turntables on shallow streams or overgrown banks, and the other 2.75-3.0 meters for turntables and small wobblers on lakes, large rivers. The large length allows you to encircle aquatic vegetation and make more distant casts. Short spinning allows you to climb overgrown banks and make more accurate throws.
For myself, I learned that spinning up to 2 meters long would be enough. Judge for yourself: on small forest rivers with such a fishing rod it is convenient to climb along the banks and throw from inconvenient places (all convenient places are usually carefully caught) or go along the middle of the channel, catching the outer edge of the vegetation. On overgrown dams I catch with the same spinning, only from a boat, otherwise in one fishing you can lose almost the entire arsenal of spinners, especially if you use a monophilic fishing line. On large rivers, and especially on water bodies, standing up to your chest in water, in a reed or cattail forest with a short stick, it’s much more convenient to work, especially catching “windows” about five meters – in such conditions it is almost impossible to work with a long rod. Then you need to decide on the formation. Here, in my opinion, everyone should choose it "for themselves." I personally use different options. This choice was influenced by many reasons, although I generally like “quick” sticks more.
Firstly, the spinning of this system is easier to make long and, importantly, accurate casts. Secondly, the wiring feels much better: each poke is given to the hand, as a result of which it is much easier to notice accurate blows to the baubles and, of course, to make effective cuts. The middle order also has advantages. Firstly, with such a stick it is much easier to “tire” the fish, secondly, in conjunction with monofilament fishing line, you can avoid overloading gear, and thirdly, with a Moderate spinning rod you can improve the quality of casting light and floating baits (wobblers, for example ) True, the latter can be done only after some training. Taking two sticks of Salmo Grand Majestic, I covered all the questions about the rods. I have a length of 180 and 260 cm. One is just slow, and the second is a medium-fast system.
They throw perfectly. I would even say that messiness is the main hobby of these rods. Due to the material of the rod, it is sensitive, but also requires careful handling. There are no problems with fighting fish. Even in cramped conditions, when there is grass and snag around, you can confidently work when fighting. Now you need to talk about the reel, which must be selected for ultralight spinning. The most important thing that a good reel should possess is lightness, smoothness of movement, accurate winding of the fishing line and, of course, it should be equipped with a good friction brake, which allows smooth adjustment at low loads. The latter is very important, since only with a well-functioning “friction clutch” you can fish with thin fishing line without fear for its break on the fish.
Another thing that you need to pay attention to when choosing a coil is the spool. Firstly, in good reels, the spool is made of various high-strength alloys, it comes off better from such spools, as a result of which the casting range increases; secondly, it is desirable that two spools go into the kit with the reel: one under the “braid”, the other under the “monophile” (although many people catch only with monofilament fishing line or vice versa – braided). Also, when choosing a reel, you definitely need to see what balance will be with your rod: the tackle must be well balanced, especially UL, then you can make longer and more accurate casts, and your hand will not get tired during fishing. The rod is considered to be well balanced when the center of gravity is as close to the coil leg as possible.
For myself, I chose the Salmo X-Twitch coil. In my opinion, she has everything for the aforementioned fishing conditions: high-quality, quite “sophisticated”. Satisfies all of the above conditions. But there is still a question that everyone asks as soon as they start catching with a spinning rod: which line is better to use – braided or monophilic? Each has its own followers, I figured out this question simply: I have two spools with different types of woods. Most often I use Braid braided fishing line, its approximate diameter is 0.1 mm. When using this fishing line, the sensitivity and strength are very high, which with a small diameter is ideal for ultra-light spinning. If during fishing I do not have enough 3-5 meters of casting, then I put the spool with monofilament fishing line with a diameter of 0.16 mm. Here, definitely Salmo Grand Raider. Quality is very important here.
Many who use the “monophile”, having read that my main choice fell on the Salmo Elite Braid, will ask: “But what about mono quality, like extensibility, which plays an important role if large fish come across light tackle?” . In ultralight spinning, in my opinion, the cushioning properties, or elongation, of monofilament fishing line are very controversial. Imagine this situation: you catch UL, the distance between you and the lure is only 3-4 meters, and suddenly the pike is three kilograms long. After such a jerk and vigorous fighting of the fanged predator, it seems to me that it’s better to immediately cut off the three meters on which the bite took place. And with a “braid” and a well-functioning friction brake, everything will be fine, unless, of course, the pike does not damage the fishing line with its teeth. And if it hurts, then it doesn’t matter!
author Semyon VIKULOV
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