It has more give than the picture leads on. It does have a "backbone" too. The rod like no more than 30 bucks and has a nice taper for quick, low trajectory casts. I know it's a spinning rod but, the stripper guide is small enough for a baitcaster.
I have an UL Teton casting rod and while it will load and cast 1/16oz inline spinners pretty well, I cannot get it to load a trout slayer on a 1/64oz head. It is also very very soft and I have trouble making hooksets on non-moving baits. I am casually hunting up a UL fast or extra fast spinning rod to complement it, but have not settled on anything yet.masterbass wrote:Would the Teton 662L be a good all-around choice for hard and soft baits? Will I be able to cast trout magnets with my pixy/diy spool?
Don't get me wrong,the UL Teton is a wonderful rod for tiny spinners, spoons, and cranks. It has a surprising bit of power, this is my largest fish so far on it, a LMB of about 1-1.5lbs.
It handled him amazingly well, I was running 4lb line and at no point was I worried about it, the rod has a nice deep bend before it hits the backbone.
Maybe. The 662L is rated down to 2 gram but I don't like fishing rods right at their low limit. I would think an UL Teton would be a better fit. My experience with the DIY spools are that they are great at 1/16 oz and up but I prefer a linear mag brake for the really light stuff. For a Pixy a Presso spool or other fixed inductor might be a better, more controlled option. Don't laugh, but I have an Abu Black Max 3 with a Studio of Momo UL BFS spool that is right up there with my Zonda and MB BFS spool when it comes to UL baits.masterbass wrote:Would the Teton 662L be a good all-around choice for hard and soft baits? Will I be able to cast trout magnets with my pixy/diy spool?
IMO, you don't really want the TTC 662, which is more of a "bass" BFS rod, using a 6'6" rod in stream tunnels is pretty tough, at least for me.
The other two rods are more what might be termed Trout BFS rods, one specifically might be designed as what I think would be called a Mountain Stream Trout rod - the Kuying Teton TTC 552, a rod 5' 2" in length, which is effective for casting tiny spoon, spinners, jigs and weighted flys, usually nymphs in small crowded streams for trout, bass and panfish.
It's rated for lures 0.8 to 3 gr, line weights 1 to 3 lb test.
There is somewhat of a compromise rod to some degree, there is another Kuying Teton, the 632, which is like a longer version of the 522. The TTC 632 is 6'3" in length, rated 1-4 gr, lines 2-4 lines.
The 632, with its length it can cast further distances, but is hard to cast in the aforementioned "stream tunnels."
Either one handles trout and panfish pretty well, but my biggest fish on the 522 was a smallmouth caught in a small river that measured around 17" and was a handful on 4lb line.
In my case, i like to use it with a Daiwa SS Air, but the Pixy with a BFS spool would do pretty well.
Agree 100%. I only have my 65UL because the original owner felt it was a poor fit for tout and I was able to inquire then acquire.earthworm77 wrote:I'd say the 652ul is more suited for bass than trout. Much faster than a typical SUL trout rod.
If you aren’t limited to new reels, there are a bunch more, principally some form of modified and tuned Pixy.
There are others such as Shimano, Abu Garcia, even some modified Ambassadeurs, of course.
If you prefer Daiwa, the Alphas AIR is a great bang for your buck reel.Warhawk wrote:I’ve got the rod for this, it’s a Team Daiwa X JDM rod.
What reel I should I get? I prefer Daiwa
If you have some Daiwa reels already, you could check out the DIY spools on AliExpress. Good BFS spools for the money.