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Ultimate Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel 2013


Ultralight Spinning Rod and Reel

Shimano ST1000FJ Stradic FJ Spinning Reel
Shimano ST1000FJ Stradic FJ Spinning Reel

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 Reel for 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.


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 ROD will 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
  • Aluminum Spool
  • 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)
  • Maintenance Port
  • Fluidrive II
  • Floating Shaft
  • Dyna-Balance
  • Super Stopper II
  • Repairable Clicker
  • Approved for use in Saltwater
  • Rated for use with Mono, Fluorocarbon and PowerPro lines




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!”


I have decided to purchase a new spinning rod to go with my shiny new SHIMANO SUSTAIN FE 2500 reel. It’s no secret I’m very fond of the G Loomis GL2 and GL3 series rods and a safe bet would be a GL3 for this application. However I’m feeling the need to try something new and in this case new would be the ST CROIX LEGEND ELITE series of spinning rods. If there’s a downside to this option the ST CROIX cost about $100 more than the G LOOMIS. Anyhow my mind is far from made up and I may look at some other options.

G.Loomis GL3 CR722 Bait Casting Rod 10011-01

I had planned this winter to purchase a Shiman0 Core 50MG7 baitcasting reel and as luck would have at Bass Pro Shops is having a 6 month payment special. Unfortunately they had no  Shiman0 Core 50MG7 baitcasting reels in stock. So I did the next best thing. I ordered a rod to go with the reel I don’t have as of yet.

I had my heart set on a G.Loomis GLX CR722 10396-01 but unfortunately Bass Pro Shops does not stock that model. That’s alright though. While I was willing to spend $340 and the G.Loomis GLX CR722 10396-01 I’m glad Bass Pro Shops selection forced me in to selecting the $200 G.Loomis GL3 CR722 Bait Casting Rod 10011-01. I have a spinning rod that is the GL2 series and I like it very much so I’m sure the G3 will not disappoint.

This is how G.Loomis describes the “CR” series rods

Classic “CR” (Casting Rods) Series is designed for accurate, low-trajectory casting which makes them ideal for fishing in tight quarters, around low overhanging limbs and cover. They are all 6-foot casting rods with Fuji’s ECS (exposed blank – trigger reel seats) and 7-inch, straight cork rear-grips. These are the rods that started it all for G.Loomis in the bass fishing world. Anglers use them for topwater baits, spinnerbaits and jigs and worms where accuracy is more important than distance. These rods remain on the cutting edge of graphite technology today. They are no-nonsense, no frills, high performance fishing tools. The most popular models are available in all four levels of graphite performance.

Falcon Rods LFC-5-166 Herm Special Baitcasting Trigger Rod

I’m so thrilled with my Shimano Curado 200E7 that it just seemed wrong to mate it with my trusty 20 year old Team Daiwa rods even for temporary purposes . I really wanted to try the G Loomis Bronzeback Casting Rods but they are twice my rod budget. So after a lot of research I settled on a brand unknown to me. That brand is Falcon Rods. I selected the LFC-5-166 Herm Special Baitcasting Trigger Rod from the list of available rods at Cabela’s Item Number: UK-114172. The rod specifications are as follow

  • Rod Series-LowRider
  • Rod Type-XG Casting
  • Rod Action-Medium Heavy
  • Rod Name-LR Herm Special
  • Rod Flex-Medium Fast
  • Fuji Guides-9
  • Line Weight-12-20 lb.
  • Lure Weight-1/4 to 3/4 oz.
  • Rod Length (feet)-6′ 6″
  • Handle (inches)-9″

This rod configuration can handle worms, jigs and spinner baits.

Now one thing to note most folks might prefer to mate this reel with a slower retrieving reel such as the Shimano Curado CU200E5 for its 5:1 ratio. I prefer the 7:1 ration on the Curado 200E7.

Ill post more after the rod arrives and I get it on the lake

G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721

G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721

G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721
G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721


  • 6′
  • Line Weight 6-10 pounds
  • Lure Weight-1/16-5/16
  • Action – Fast

Since 1998 with the purchase of mt Ranger 363V bass boat I have used Team Daiwa fishing rods almost exclusively. Then in 2005 I sold the boat along with most of the equipment and tackle. I wanted to get back to basics. part of that plan was to carry a 4′-5′ rod and reel combo behind the seat of my pickup so I would be prepared to fish anywhere any time. I purchased a small ultralight outfit from Cabela’s for just that task. It worked great and became my primary rig.

Fall 2007 myself and the little woman set out to meet long time fishing buddy Bob up on the Housatonic River in the Kent, Cornwall are of Connecticut. Some how along the way I managed to break about 6″ off the already short rod. Dead before we started. Fortunately with the help of a Bic pen and duct tape the trip was not a loss.

Upon returning home I decided I wanted the ultralight to be a secondary rig and moved up into a slightly bigger 6′ spinning outfit for my scheduled fishing outings. After a lot of research and rod testing I settled on the G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721.

This rod is easily the best rod under 7′ that I had ever fished with. It’s light, sensitive with a stiff and responsive tip. This is the perfect rod for my style of fishing with my favorite artificial lures such as the Rapala 2″ Original Floating Minnow, Beetle spins, 1/8-1/4 oz spinners and jigs. Casts well and accurate.

I can’t recommend this fishing rod enough for a budget high quality spinning rod

G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721
G-Loomis GL2 Spinning Rod SJR721