Ultralight / Microlight Reel Suggestions?

The last extra-small spinning reel I had went to a nephew several years ago.

Can't seem to find a decent quality reel that's designed for 2 lb. test or lighter.

This is for a very specific technique, 1/32 oz marabou jigs in gin-clear springs.

Haven't tried it on trout in over a decade, but our vacation plans make it likely.

Thanks for any feedback.


  • andrewthe1andrewthe1 Posts: 609 Officer
    I have an older shimanno stratic 1000 that is nice could maybe find one used
    we need more internet money
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,196 Officer
    Pfleuger President MODEL # PRESSP20X.  I have the next size up and am impressed with it. 
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 1,872 Captain
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I'll check them both.
  • DES51DES51 Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    I used a Shimano Sienna 500 for ice fishing. Handles light line and held up well. 
  • Kill_It_N_Grill_ItKill_It_N_Grill_It fort lauderdalePosts: 60 Greenhorn
    try stradic 1000
  • SpineymanSpineyman Posts: 7,797 Admiral
    Try the Daiwa BG 1500.
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  • saltyseniorsaltysenior Posts: 783 Officer
    bass pro shops  Tiny lite......could not wear my 2 out..
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 1,872 Captain
    I've seen people say that there's a limit to how small the spool can be and still function efficiently.

    Aside from ice-fishing, the 1000 series reels are supposed to be at the lower limit.

    Still shopping ... the trip to "trout country" has been put off for at least a month.
  • Spoonplugger1Spoonplugger1 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Don't listen to the persons saying 1000 is the minimum size, it's bullpucky. Been fishing light lines all my life, came from the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Crappie Slab Shaker Model MCS75, less than $20 per, perfect for kids, simple 2 bearing reel.
  • Casual AnglerCasual Angler Posts: 44 Greenhorn
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  • Spoonplugger1Spoonplugger1 Posts: 3 Greenhorn
    Had a little Mitchell about that size I used for 30 years, couldn't get parts for it any longer, and it wasn't near as reliable to trip the bail, nor as smooth as today's reels, still I've never been around a reel I couldn't get to work with 2 lb. line consistantly, no one makes a mediocre product in the fishing world at their price points expectations and survives.
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,196 Officer
    I haven't heard of an Alcedo Micron in 40+ years.  Always wanted one but couldn't afford it.  I used to use a Mitchell 308 for bonita in CA with 4 and 6 lb line.  I tried 2 lb but never could land a fish on it.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,501 Moderator
    Daiwa UL7 was my go to .  I still have two I use for specks.
    Not made anymore.
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  • zachfairclothzachfaircloth GainesvillePosts: 11 Greenhorn
    I'm not sure if a lews mr trout is small enough for what you want, but I can say I do not recommend it. I had a spring come out in one, had it fixed by lews, and had the same thing happen again within the month. The company was nice, but having to ship off a reel for a week or two every month isntworth it.
  • atc67stangatc67stang Jacksonville, Florida Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    Shimano Symetre SY500FL

    They are hard to come by however I use 4LB flouro on them for ultralight tackle to catch speckled trout!

    good luck
  • Kill_It_N_Grill_ItKill_It_N_Grill_It fort lauderdalePosts: 60 Greenhorn
    shimano stradic 1000
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