Back in April 2011 I wrote a quick piece on how I would be purchasing my “Ultimate Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel Combination“. Not certain why but it never happened. Fast forward to July 2013 my needs changed a little and my Ultimate Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel Combination 2013 was made to happen. I was still pretty set on the Shimano STCI41000FML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel but I now needed a two piece rod. After a bit of searching I learned the Shimano STCI41000FML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel was being replaced by a newer model the Shimano STCI41000FAML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel. Unfortunately the new model was a few months away from hitting store shelves. Being on vacation I wanted my new reel in hand in one day, two at the latest. The Shimano STCI41000FAML Stradic CI4 Microline Spinning Reel was not available with reasonably priced expedited shipping. In fact it was out of stock in most places. As luck would have it Amazon had it’s sibling the Shimano ST1000FJ Stradic FJ Spinning Reelfor less than $150 which is cheaper than any other store by $50. The best part was it I could get it delivered via Amazon Prime free in two days or next day for four bucks. I chose the latter.
Moving on to the ultralight rod I did weigh options from St Croix, Pflueger, Daiwa and Browning but in the end I could not stay away from G.Loomis. I stayed within the “Trout and Panfish” series as previously specified but this time I went with the 5 foot G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3. I could have bought the G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3 rod from an Amazon marketplace seller for just over 200 bucks delivered but instead opted to spend two hundred and sixty dollars from a supplier who promised I would have the G.Loomis SR6010-2 GL3 in hand next day. This supplier failed me.
Shimano is is giving the wonderful Curado series reels a make over. Because of this the old model is going for around $143 online. You will not find a better reel at this price. Buy one while you can and thank me later.
The BASS PRO SHOPS PRO QUALIFIER POWER CRANK BAITCAST REEL – Model PQX10SSD was purchased as part of my Frog combination discussed here. The reel is pretty much designed for the type of tough fishing I selected it for. Now because I bought this reel based on a limited budget I spent a reasonably small amount of money, about $79. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a house branded, made in China baitcasting reel. Well I must say that out of the box I am pretty floored by the quality the reel appears to exhibit. The fit and finish are flawless, the function is smoother than I would have expected. The level of smooth in the crank and drag while not as fluid as my Shimano Curado or Shimano Core MG it’s still very good especially considering the price point. The drag smooths out at heavier settings and where this reel will be used.
Anyhow I usually avoid house branded casting reels but I think I will have to reconsider that silly notion.
Look for a complete follow up in the next few weeks
While there are fishing lure designs that have made it for nearly century it isn’t often a fishing reel stands the test of time and remains an active catalog item for over a decade. The DAIWA SS TOURNAMENT SPINNING REEL is just one such reel. Other designs have come and gone but the DAIWA SS TOURNAMENT SPINNING REEL keeps on selling and catching millions of fish per year. It’s not that the reel is super high technology with all the latest bells and whistles in fact it’s quite the opposite. The DAIWA SS TOURNAMENT SPINNING REEL is well designed, simple, long casting and stone reliable and even more importantly an incredible value at about $99. It is the reel I most often recommend to those who ask my opinion and lack deep pockets. Though you may never see it on TV or in magazines many professional anglers have a few of these spinning reels on board their boats.
If you need more proof visit your favorite online fishing tackle retailer and read the reviews.
Holy cow how is it I haven’t noticed the the SHIMANO STRADIC CI4 MICROLINE SPINNING REEL STCI41000FML before today? If you aren’t familiar with the Shimano CI14 series of spinning reels they are moderately priced with features and quality that compete with with spinning reels costing $100 or more over the CI4.This spinning reel combined with a G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING RODwill be the ultimate trout and panfish spinning outfit. It’s interesting to note while it’s no secret SHIMANO owns G.LOOMIS it’s unusual too see the manufacture specify the rods within the reel description. It’s the right spinning rod choice regardless for this reel.
I need a new ultralight spinning outfit to keep behind the seat of my pickup. I think I will get the G.LOOMIS TSR621 which is 5’2″ long and I will mate it with the Stradic CI4 Microline. Hopefully I will be able to purchase this combination by the end of May 2011. Stay tuned
This reel was built as part of our technical fishing system for fishing Light Line specifically light PowerPro. We designed this reel to fish 5lb and lighter PowerPro and put a new drag system in it so that you can fight a fish without concern when fishing lighter lines. Like all Stradic CI4 reels this reel comes with the Propulsion line management system for greater casting distance and is also packed with Shimano’s Paladin Gearing for super smooth retrieving. Strap this reel on an ultra light rod, preferably the G-Loomis Trout and Panfish Series loaded with PowerPro, and you will have the ultimate Light line System.
Specialized for use with new PowerPro Microlines. Spool optimized to hold 150 yards of 4# PowerPro Microline
Ultra-lightweight CI4 Frame, Sideplate and Rotor Construction
Paladin Gear Durability Enhancement
Propulsion Line Management System: Propulsion Spool Lip, SR One-Piece Bail Wire, Power Roller III, Redesigned Bail Trip, S-Arm Cam
Aero Wrap II Oscillation
SR-Concept: SR 3D Gear, SR Handle, SR One-Piece Bail Wire
S-Concept: S-Rotor, S-Guard, S-Arm Cam
Machined Aluminum Handle
Direct Drive Mechanism (Thread In Handle Attachment)
Round EVA Handle Grip
WP Drag (Waterproof Drag)
Super Stopper II
Approved for use in Saltwater
Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines
G.LOOMIS TROUT SERIES SPINNING ROD
A specialized series of spinning rods designed specifically for trout fishing. Using our proprietary “fiber blend” and GLX levels of performance, our goal is to provide anglers with a “sky is the limit” approach to the fishery. Originally made in 2-piece configurations for ease in transportability, a new – for 2010 – selection of 1-piece rods has been added for those anglers that want the ultimate in light weight and performance. Effective for lake or stream fishing, these rods are made with one objective in mind… to help serious trout anglers become more successful and enjoy their time on the water with the lightest, most sensitive rods available. Four models are available in GLX… two 1-piece and two 2-piece rods. The entire series features fast tips for the ultimate in control, whether your pitching a spinner, a marabou jig or drifting single eggs on your favorite creek . The “fiber blend” models feature a combination of regular cork and composite cork for a new, unique looking rear grip with up-locking reel seats and Fuji, single-foot Alconite guides. The GLX models feature Recoil guides, cork & foam grips with up-locking reel seat. To quote Field & Stream Magazine rod testers, during their annual “Best of the Best Awards” field reviews in 2008, they said, “These rods are like fishing with a feather!” Imagine what the new 1-piece rods feel like… they’re even lighter! Varying in power from ultra-light to light, rated from 1-pound test line up to 8-pound, they are surprisingly strong. You’ll want to take one these rods along for all your fishing adventures. How big a fish can you catch on one of these rods? You might be surprised! The sky is the limit!”