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DaveFishes
 June 18 2017 06:06PM (Read 1306 times)  


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I have been a casual fisherman for many years and am starting to spend more time fishing. I don't have a boat so I do shore fishing at Big Creek and Lake MacBride. I also do some trout fishing in NE Iowa.

I currently have two rod/reels both old (20 years at least) Berkely Lightning rods with equally old Shakespeare spinning reels. One is an ultralight set up for trout and the other is medium for everything else. I just got a gift from my kids to be spent on fishing gear.

My dilemma is this - my medium spinning reel is in bad shape and needs to be replaced (I might be able to repair it) but my ultralight works fine. Both however are old low end reels, when I was in the store checking out reels I was surprised at how solid the new ones feel with no play at all.

The gift I received is about enough to either buy one decent quality rod/reel (thinking Fenwick HMG/Pflueger President or Purist) or two reels to use with my existing lightning rods.

I am really not sure which way I want to go. Any suggestions?


 
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 June 18 2017 06:18PM  
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Check the rod eyes and wrappings. The lightening was a descent. You want a open or close face spinning reel?


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 June 18 2017 06:33PM  
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Speaking as someone who has both a Fenwick and a Pfleuger President, you wont be sorry with either.


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DaveFishes
 June 18 2017 06:34PM  


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I guess I should have mentioned that I am currently looking for open faced spinning reels.

A little back story. I used to fish a lot in high school, smallmouth, catfish, trout, and fly fishing for carp (don't judge -- it was the 1970s). Today I spend a couple of days a week working in Des Moines (I live in Cedar Rapids) where my mom lives. She is well into her seventies and loves to fish but doesn't really have anyone to take her so I try to take her out once a week and we've been having a great time.

The only place we have gone in the Des Moines area is Big Creek. We've gotten some crappie and striped bass along with lots of small walleyes but no keepers. Any suggestions for other Des Moines areas with shoreline access (she can't walk too far) would be greatly appreciated. We are both experienced trout fisherman but not terribly sophisticated when it comes to other species.

Most importantly, fishing gives me a connection with my mother and lets us spend hours together ... I had forgotten how great it is!


 
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 June 18 2017 06:50PM  
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Speaking as someone who has both a Fenwick and a Pfleuger President, you wont be sorry with either.


Agree. You can't do wrong with with. I would lean to Pflueger xl.


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 June 18 2017 08:15PM  
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I love my fenwick hmx and pfleuger president combos so much I have 3!


 
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 June 19 2017 08:22AM  
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Try the many different ponds at the parks in Ankeny. The DMACC pond would be worth a try too. Look at when Petocka Lake in Bondurant and Banner Lake near Indianola are stocked with trout in the urban trout program and give them a try. Will have to wait till fall till they stock again.


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 June 19 2017 09:24AM  
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I have a couple Pflueger spinning reels and they are hard to beat for the money. One was a combo and the other I paired with a 6 1/2" Bass Pro light action rod for crappie. Decent pole for not much money and allows me to cast a little further from the shore. I've caught several bass on it along with about a 25 lb flat head that took my road runner. I think i would go with a nice reel and new rod.


 
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LundImpact1675
 June 19 2017 09:48AM  
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I currently own 5 Pflueger Presidents from the 6920 to the 6930, and i wouldn't spend more money on a spinning reel. Rock solid construction, very smooth drag, confident anit-reverse, etc... I was a Shimano and Quantum guy for years, but I don't plan to go back anytime soon.

Regarding rods, I think the St. Croix Triumph series are a great value and offer the right level of sensitivity and backbone for the majority of people. When I was in my 20s I would have never thought about purchasing a $100 rod, but after I bought my first one I couldn't believe what I had been missing. My old Rhino rods were relegated to catfishing only. Wink

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I forgot to comment on your Berkeley Lightning rod question. Depending on the model, weight, etc..., some of these were pretty decent rods. I owned one 20 years ago that had an IM 6 or 7 blank and had stainless inserts in the rod guides. At that time it was one of my best rods until a buddy snapped off the tip and about 8" of the rod pulling the boat into his garage. Angry


 
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DaveFishes
 June 19 2017 09:57AM  


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Thanks for all the info. I finally decided to go with the Fenwick HMG and Pflueger President. I want to see what it is like to fish with a 100% modern updated setup Smile

Also thank you for the advice on places to fish. My mom and I will try DMACC this week.


 
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 June 19 2017 09:55PM  
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Had about every rod known to man, over the last few decades, Some are better than others, in different ways. Overall, I prefer Fenwick, today. Good Rod for price. St Croix is great, slightly overpriced for what you get, Loomis is most sensistive but I will never own another, Break to easily and too often. Reels one can hardly go wrong with shimano, for toughness and longeviity, but Pflueger president is my prefered reel.Supremes are great too, Xt or LE series for both, Not a fan of the Patriachs, had too many issues with them not holding up and giving me frustration.

FOr fishing spots, try the ponds just west of southridege mall, Lake ANita is pretty area nd easy to get too but one must drive for an hor to get there.


 
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 June 20 2017 11:20PM  
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I like the president for a spinning reel. For rods there are many options. I am a big fan of the St Croix eycon series and avid x but my wife runs abu venteda and is really happy with them.


 
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 July 13 2017 07:39AM  
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This thread is a little old but I thought it would be nice to let people know that Dick's has a Flash Sale going on today. Some fishing stuff up to 50% off. The Pflueger spinning reel is about $10 off and selling for $49 but the best deal is the Pflueger combo that's selling for the same price. I'm sure the rod isn't that great but you're basically still getting the reel on sale and the rod for free. Fantastic deal.


 
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 July 13 2017 08:52AM  


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This thread is a little old but I thought it would be nice to let people know that Dick's has a Flash Sale going on today. Some fishing stuff up to 50% off. The Pflueger spinning reel is about $10 off and selling for $49 but the best deal is the Pflueger combo that's selling for the same price. I'm sure the rod isn't that great but you're basically still getting the reel on sale and the rod for free. Fantastic deal.



I'll chime in with a deal as well. Cabela's website has Pflueger spinning reels on sale right now for $39.99.


 
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 July 17 2017 08:16AM  
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Ponds west of Southridge mall?


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