many hours of fishing the New, the following setups have proven
time and time again to be extremely effective in hooking (and
consistently landing) citation-sized smallmouth. I don't like
whimpy gear, and for those who ask about what to bring, I suggest
the following setups or some slight variation thereof.
spin fishing, I utilize the 6' medium GLX SJR722 Loomis series
rod for crankbaits and jerkbaits. I use a 2500 series reel on
these rods spooled with Power Pro 20/6 braided line. I tie a
size #2 or #3 BPS duo-lock to the line with a Palamor knot and
then clip the duo-lock directly to the hard bait.
tubes, jig-n-pigs, other soft plastics, spinner baits, and some
topwater baits, I use the IMX 6' medium heavy rod (SJR723 series)
or GLX 6'6" medium rod (SJR842). I use a 2500 series reel
on this rod spooled with Power Pro 20/6 braided line. I then tie
a 5' to 10' long leader to the braid using a uni-to-uni knot and
co-poly 10 lb. test line or 100% fluorocarbon 12 lb. test line
depending on the conditions (prefer Gamma flurocarbon). I complete the setup by tying to
a Daiichi extra wide gap hook (3/0 to 5/0 depending
on the presentation), or inserted tube head using a Palamor knot.
fly fishing, I use an 8-wieght GLX (FR1088) and 7-weight
GLX (FR1087). I use a Ross Evolution 3.5 reel on the 8-weight
and a Ross Rhythm 3.5 reel on the 7-weight both spooled with a
Wulff Bass taper 8-weight floating fly line. I use at least 2x
tapered leaders (prefer Gamma's 10' bonefish leader) and 8 - 10 lb. test Gamma tippet. I initially
tie all leaders to the fly line with a nail knot. After using
the leader, I trim it to w/in 6-8 inches of the fly line and then
utilize the perfection loop from there on with any additional
leaders and tippet.
For tips on using Power Pro braided line including knot instructions,
click the logo at left.