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Is 6' too short?

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What do you guys think? I currently have a 6'6 L, 6'6 ML, and a 7'L for crappies, and I'm thinking about getting a 6'UL for casting jigs n plastics. Do you guys think that's too short?

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I personally wouldnt go any longer than 6' on an ultra light. I used to have a 6'6" st croix ultra light and hated it. When such a light rod gets that long it gets very flimsy and almost sloppy. Just my opinion, I have a 6ft now that I am much happier with. I think 5'6" may be even better.

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I have a 5'6" light action that I use for crappies & sunnies. 4 lb. test. no problems with it at all. Like so many things with fishing, it's what you like, not what everyone else is using

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All my crappie rods except one are 5'6" ultralight. Used to be that 5'6" pistol grip was the rod of choice for bass....back in the day.

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If you can find one, they are no longer in business, I have a 7' one piece Fig Rig UL. I absolutely love it. It is no where near too flimsy, has great sensitivity and will allow you to fast farther and more accurate. I actually use this rod for early walleyes with 1/8 oz jigs. There is plenty of backbone on this rod to use it for eyes. I picked mine up at Reeds last year and wish I could find another. They had it priced wrong. The rod retailed for $89 and they had a $29 tag on it.

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IMO, normally this time of year, it's windy, making it hard to cast jigs/plastics very far, or when you do, you get the huge bow in your line. I use the longest rods I can. 7"6" and an 8'. Longer rods = longer casts and more slack pickup when setting the hook in my mind. Plus I like to keep as far away as possible to prevent spooking the school. Also, I'm a fairly tall guy, and casting anything less than 6' feels like a snoopy pole. laugh

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ppl have more then one rod for panfish? hmm...

other than ice fishing pole and a UL.. i see no more reason to own more than one panfish pole

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I have a couple and might add to it. I have a light action for bobber fishing and use that for other types of bobber fishing for eyes and such just for fun. I also have a 5' micro-light that I use and love just for panfishing. I do want to add a cane pole one of these days. Might get another micro-light as well. They are just a ton of fun.

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I agree with BSG the longer the rod the farther you can cast smaller setups. Infisherman talked about a fly rod and spinning reel as the ultimate pan fish combo.

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