Tag Archives: Panfish


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!”

Rapala Bleeding Copper Flash Original Floating Minnow

Rapala Original Floating Minnow Bleeding Copper Flash  2"
Rapala Original Floating Minnow Bleeding Copper Flash 2"

I was visiting the Rapala website and I noticed they had some new color schemes for my favorite lure, the 2″ Original Floating Minnow. The Bleeding Copper Flash really caught my eye with its copper color body and blood red lip, treble hooks and gill area. I cant wait to try this lure out.

I will blog more pictures and results soon.

Rapala Bleeding Copper Flash Minnow
Rapala Bleeding Copper Flash Minnow

Favorite Lure – Rapala Original Floating Minnow

As a youngster I spent my summers Trout Fishing the Salmon River in and around Malone New York. I was fortunate enough to spend time on the Salmon River with family friend Charles “Charlie” Kirk. Charlie was an old-timer, life long fisherman who used to own a bait and tackle shop in Oxford Connecticut. (I’ll save Charlies story for another day). He would spend his summers at my parents weekend camp on Shears Road in Malone. During our family vacations and on weekends we would cohabitated with Charlie and his wife Helen. Charlie and I would fish morning and night. At that time my go to lure was a 1 3/4″ Black and Silver Rebel Floating Minnow. Make no mistake I did pretty good with the Rebel Minnow but Charlie was always catching more and bigger Trout than I. One day he hands me a little box and that box contained my first Rapala Floating Minnow. On first cast I was stunned at how natural the lure looked  swam in the rivers current. I recall catching a trout in one of my first casts.

That Rapala was a game changer for me over the years. I have used it all over the Northeast for most freshwater species of fish with great success.  While I have tried most of the color variations and styles no variation or other lure for that matter has served me as well to this day.

The Rapala Minnow is the first lure I cast, it’s the lure I keep in my truck, it’s the lure I recommend to everyone looking to fish with artificial lures.

If I had to pick one lure to survive on it would be the Rapala Original F05Gold 2″ Floating Minnow.

Note: I will tackle how I use the lure on various fish and fishing conditions in a later entry.