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Tackle on the Move - Trolling Spinning Gear

by: George Van Zant
Flies: Matuk a: bead and cone heads, sizes #4 to #10. Olive, black, green and brown. Wooly Buggers: bead and cone heads, sizes #4 to #10. Olive, black, green and Brown.

Rods: GLoomis Hot Shot HSR9000 GL2 - Pac Hawk Deluxe OCS-56UL-2

Reels: Daiwa Tournament SS700 - Shimano Solstance SO-2000FD

Line: Maxima Ultra Green One Shot Fillers.

Trolling with spinning gear is one of the most popular among the angling generation. Itís much easier than the other methods because it doesnít require a lot of knot tying and leader splicing. You can troll all the standard stuff like plugs, spinners, spoons and flies. Words of advice though, use a good ball bearing swivel in front of all the lures. The mechanics of the spinning reel create natural twist in the line as the bail places the line on the spool. That undesirable feature and the lure movement can really cause twist. A good swivel helps defeat the problem but itís not fail safe. Every hour or so drag about 50 yards of bare line behind the moving boat. This straightens the line by the water movement unwinding the twist. Very slow boat movement is necessary not only to reduce twist but more importantly to effect fish enticing lure movement. Using flies on the troll calls for actual rowing the boat or using trolling motors so slow the boat is barely moving.

Line test is important. You canít use mono testing less than #4 pound and even this test is too light. If #4 pound is deployed you cannot troll plugs or lures with larger than #10 treble hooks. Monofilament has a large amount of stretch, especially with lots of it trailing behind the boat. If you troll flies, #4 pound test or less is better because the trout are very line shy. In most lakes the flies should be weighted to get them down about two feet. My best fly producers are bead head or cone head Matukas and Woolly Buggers. Many anglers add a split shot to help get the fly down.

I like to use a rod like a Pac Hawk Deluxe Freshwater OCS-56UL-2. It has the strength to set the hook of a Kastmaster or set the hook of #10 fly. If you troll exclusively with lures you can use a stiffer graphite like a G.Loomis Hot Shot HSR9000 GL2. Reels are the most important of all the trolling tackle and I really stress that using an expensive reel will save in the future. This is probably the best advice I can offer. The more expensive reels are constructed to reduce as much twist as possible. In the long run you will save more money and headaches by investing in a good spinning reel over a cheap Saturday night special. I use the Daiwa Tournament SS700 with a spool of #2 pound and an extra spool filled with #4 pound for backup. My second outfit is a larger Shimano Solstance SO-2000FD. I use #6 pound mono on this reel for larger plugs and lures.

Good luck trolling. Donít forget to go slower and slower yet. The fish bite better!

I have experimented with all the monofilament available but I havenít settled on any one in particular. Lately, with the #2 pound I have been using Maxima Green one shot fillers.

Added: Fri Oct 10 2008
Last Modified: Thu May 14 2009

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