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Freshwater fishing set up - what do you use?

Need some help. Budget is $150-200. I know that i dont need to necessarily spend a lot, but I am looking to get something that will last and work comfortably.

I typically fish spinning reels, so I plan on sticking with that type of reel.

-I have eventually had issues with just abt every pole I've purchased (typically >$20).

  • reel wise i am looking at potentially a good pfleuger. Saw a buddies that I liked.

What are the top freshwater brands for spinning reels?

Help me figure out a good combo. Will be fishing for bass, perch, walleye, trout, etc. Anything freshwater essentially.

I like a stiffer pole over one that bends when a crappie swims by it.

Appreciate any advice and am interested to hear what you all are casting with.


  • gogittumgogittum Posts: 4,229 Captain
    The lighter Ugly Sticks are hard to beat for an economy rod.  I prefer a lighter tip for easier casting with light lures and a stronger lower section to put pressure on heavier fish.
  • fmoefmoe Posts: 30 Deckhand
    I use the same spinning rod and reel for bass fishing and redfish.A 7 foot Falcon medium and a Shimano Sedona 3000.
  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    I have used Pfluger Presidents foe many years. And they were really good. They changed something about7 years back and not the same.
    I just changed to a Shimano Miravel and really like it. I also have no problems with Diawa BG's. Solid reels in a decent price. A 7' rod of your choosing over a 3000 size reel will do it.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • bottom feederbottom feeder Posts: 1,833 Captain
    I have all three sizes of Presidents and they are great reels.  They might be more than 7 years old though.
    On bass pro rods.

    Leaving Florida... take a developer with you!

  • DES51DES51 Posts: 289 Deckhand
    I agree with the Presidents. A good solid reel. I always liked Shimano Symetre but unfortunately they are no longer made. You will also need two types of rods. A soft tip, like an Ugly Stick for hard baits and a fast tip, graphite rod for plastics. It all depends on your style of fishing.
  • swampdogswampdog Posts: 5,715 Admiral
    True the above. My only contribution is I favor a one piece rod. 
  • ivnivn Posts: 308 Deckhand
    I've always used whatever ultralight/light spinning combo I could get for $20-30 from walmart, from the 3' dock demons to 6'.  Even put a micro spinning rod on a 6wt fly rod once (tried fly fishing, again a $30 wally combo, but where I fish I have no room for back casting, etc.  the micro spinning reel made an AWESOME ultra light rig)
  • swampdogswampdog Posts: 5,715 Admiral
    I definitely don’t put down the inexpensive equipment we can buy today. It’s better than what we began with 50 yrs ago. I have pet rods & reels that only I use, but have the inexpensive for all the many kids, friends and friends wives to use for both fresh and salt. I also keep a cheap combo in my camper when on hunting trips - you never know. 
  • CrabtrapCrabtrap Posts: 225 Deckhand
    Another thumbs up for the Pflueger President. And if you can deal with a bit of pink on your reel, the “Lady President” is the same reel at a cheaper price. They are often on sale at less than half price of the more masculine blue version. 
  • WadeKWadeK Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    With your budget, you should be able to get something nice. I would advise putting more $ into the reel than the rod. I usually go around $90 on the reel and $60 on the rod if I'm trying to hit $150 and $120/80 for a $200 rig. For Bass, Perch, Walleye and Trout as my targets, I would recommend looking for a med/fast action rod rated for 6-12# line. I would try 10# braid for your main and add a rod length of flouro line in whatever strength is appropriate.  Use either the FG or RP knots. YouTube is your friend.
    6# for Perch and Trout.  8# for big trout, open water Bass and Walleye. 10# for general Bass and Walleye. 12# for heavier cover Bass.
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