I second this. That being said, if you must, I trust my micro pflueger president 20 size for bluegill and trout. Drag even held up to a smaller steelhead (6lb-ish) and is still working fine. It is incredibly light and as long as you're ok with the slower retrieve, it's a fine reel. Their limited edition model looks really neat cosmetically, but I personally don't think it's worth the extra money.Stick to at least a 1000 size. I have a shimano in a 500 and never have a good reason to use it.
I have to disagree. I believe that there is plenty of surface area to protect 4lb test. I have had 500 sized reels and I have caught tons of carp over 10lbs on that thing with no problem. Drags have always been silky smooth. I think that increasing the surface area of the drag is more important when you are trying to have a smooth drag that is set pretty tightly, not the case with 4lb test."Micro" reels have a lot of things working against them. There is no room in the spool for decent sized drag washers, so wispy lines are not well protected. They have tiny arbor diameters, so casting distance is reduced due to friction. They don't weigh enough to balance rods more than five feet long or so, which further diminishes casting distance.
If you want to rig up "micro" for panfish, consider one of the shallow spool designs in a 1000 or 2000 sized reel. These are made to go with 2-6lb line, and balance nicely on regular length (6-7') rods. A lot of dedicated bluegill anglers custom wrap 2 or 3 weight fly rod blanks as spinning rods, then hang such a reel on it. With 2lb test, you can toss a 1/80th oz jig a useable distance. I've fished jigs down to 1/230th oz on a setup like that. When I moved from Texas to Colorado, I was disenchanted with how small the fish in Colorado were compared to what I was used to catching, so I downsized my gear. I eventually got over it, but it was fun for a while. Catching trout or panfish on such a setup is pretty fun.
Any chance you could reveal your bluegill location at Hagg. My wife's been wanting to focus on them for a couple years.I have to disagree. I believe that there is plenty of surface area to protect 4lb test. I have had 500 sized reels and I have caught tons of carp over 10lbs on that thing with no problem. Drags have always been silky smooth. I think that increasing the surface area of the drag is more important when you are trying to have a smooth drag that is set pretty tightly, not the case with 4lb test.
However, I would only use that rod for bass in places where there is no cover. I often toss tiny minnow plugs and beetle spins with it in the Willamette and once again every 1lb fish feels like a giany.
If I could only have one ultralight rod I would probably buy a 7' light rod with a 2000-2500 to balance it. However, since I am not limited to one rod I always have a tiny ultralight in my arsenal. I caught a couple of dozen bluegill on my little rod yesterday at Hagg and it was a blast. They were decent sized and put my outfit to the test.
If I were buying a rod for bass I would buy a 4-12lb test 7' rod and couple it with 8lb test.
It is all about matching the tackle to the situation. I think ultralight tackle has a limited place where it shines. I gave up trying to use 2lb test 30 years ago. I broke off too many fish and would even break the line on a cast if it caught on a callous on my finger. I use 4lb mono on my ultralight stuff. That is what I have on my 5' ultralight rod paired with a 500 reel and on my 7' ultralight rod paired with a 2500 reel. I love using that 5' rod throwing tiny stuff for panfish.Microlight tackle is targeted at 1-3lb class line, with 2 being by far most common. Ultralight tackle is the 2-6lb class. You can get away with a host of sins using four pound line that won't fly with two pound line. Of the many thousands of fish I caught over the years I used microlight gear exclusively, (using one kilogram test, or 2.3lb Tectan) quite a good number were carp, up to about 20 lbs, and several channel cats in about that same size class.
You are correct in identifying start-up inertia as the primary concern in drags used with light line. More surface area reduces PPSI on drag washers for any given static load, and minimizes the risk of jerky slippage. Additionally, having a somewhat larger spool capacity gives you at least a chance to hope a big fish will change direction before you get spooled. None of that really matters if we are talking about bluegill, but I always like to at least have a snowball's chance to land decent fish when they bite, and the deck is stacked in their favor with 2lb. test.
I will say, 500 sized reels are clearly superior in "cuteness."
X2; works well for smallies and for all but maybe, a 20 pound bucketmouth. And you won't find any bass nearly that large, in Oregon. The state record, for a largemouth, is just a whisker over 12 pounds.If I were buying a rod for bass I would buy a 4-12lb test 7' rod and couple it with 8lb test.