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And as far as line, I still use Trilene XT. I've used it for years. If I was fishing for trout exclusively, I'd rig with 6lb...being as I use the same rods for multiple species, I now run 8lb. I think six was fine overall, no problems with fish and a properly set drag, but I lose fewer jigs running the 8lb pulling off snags and haven't noticed a reduction in hits.
 

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Pete, can't help you with the HD's, but over the years I've found gold spinners work as well or better than any other lure I've used on the Arkansas. And, you can make your own cheap. Just mentioned it because I know you've mentioned you're going from a fly rod to a spinning rod.
I agree totally. I would also include a maribou jig. I have some of the HD trout lures and they are good and fun to "swing" downstream, so if you do decide to use them, go with one natural (rainbow or the likes) and one bright like chartreuese... I would also get a very dark one. Color is not all that important, but shade can be, depending on the sky cover.
 

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You guys keep it up and i'll have to get one of those tackle boxes instead of stuffing everything in my vest. :smile:
 

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Pete, I'm pretty cheap when it comes to my fishing equipment. My tackle selection is minimal. And, I'm hard on my stuff. I've gone through four President reels..each lasting two to three years before developing problems. Now, I've been using Mitchell 308s for a couple of years and no problems at all. They're cheaper than a President. I also love my Berkley Lightning Rods. I use 6'6 medium power rods for just about everything. From trout, to bass, walleyes, crappies, cats and pike. I think they work great. I do have a heavier rod for swim baits, but seldom use it.

$39 bucks for a Lightning rod and $49 for a 308..IMO $88 bucks well spent.

You got me curious, so I went and read a bunch of reviews on the reel and rod. I'm convinced. I have a bunch of hunting stuff to buy this year, so i'm trying to keep the cost of fishing down.

I still like to use a bubble and Pistol Pete on lakes. The Mitchell 308 and Berkley Lightning 6'6" ML rod sounds like a good combo for what I want.

Thanks for the info.
 
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