What do I mean by ultra light? Ultra light fishing simply means fishing with lighter gear, lighter gear than you may be accustomed to. That’s it, there’s nothing crazy about it. Basically, ultra light fishing means matching your fishing gear to the type of fish that you’re fishing for. I’ve seen all to many anglers that use one rod and reel setup for all of there fishing expeditions, rather than having different set ups for different types of fish.
This is madness, unless of course you only do one type of fishing, in which case having only one rod and reel setup is all good.
For example, I use a four-foot rod and ultra light reel spooled with four-pound test for most of my trout fishing. I fish medium to small rivers and lakes and the biggest fish that I would catch in such waters is six to seven pounds, and that would be an outright monster. Many people see me fishing with my setup and think it’s too small, but it’s absolutely not. Think about it, four-pound test line is strong enough to hold four pounds of weight without breaking, how often do you catch fish this big when trout fishing? Besides, I’ve personally landed a seven-pound fish on four-pound test. I don’t say that to be braggadocios, I simply want you to realize that most anglers use line that is entirely too heavy for the fish they’re trying to catch. Using line that’s too heavy will result if fewer bites as well. So as you can begin to see, ultra light fishing makes sense all the way around.
It also makes sense to use ultra light equipment by adding more “sport” to your fishing. Honestly, how much fun is it to winch a fourteen-inch trout out of the water with medium action gear, spooled with eight-pound test line? To me, that’s no fun, but on ultra light gear that’s tailored to the type of fish I’m attempting to catch; a fourteen-inch fish is a lot of fun.
So give ultra light fishing a try and I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you ever have any questions about ultra light fishing, you can contact us at JRWfishing.com.