What Kind of Spinning Gear and Do We Use a Swivel?

Received two questions from a Reader in response to our post on “How we fish a Super Duper”:

  • “What kind of spinning gear are you using (rod length & power, reel size & make)?”
  • “Do you use a swivel with Super Dupers or Kastmasters?”

Below are the answers to the questions and pictures added for ease of reference. Thanks again for your questions!

The Field Team

For the first question, “What kind of spinning gear are you using (rod length & power, reel size & make)?”, the spinning gear we use are:

  • A 4′-8″ Ugly Stik Ultralight Rod with a Shakespeare 20 Ultralight Spinning Reel (USP225A)
  • 6′-6″ Berkley Medium Light Lightning Rod with a Pinnacle Tiny Deadbolt Spinning Reel(DUL20).

Lately, when using fluorocarbon, we have switched the reels between the two rods, and mainly been using the Berkley Medium Light Lightning Rod and the Shakespeare Spinning Reel. The Pinnacle Spinning Reel tends to uncoil while casting ultralight lures after 5-10 casts.

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ultralight Rod

Berkley Lightning Rod

Shakespeare Reel

Pinnacle Reel

For the second question, “Do you use a swivel with Super Dupers or Kastmasters?”, we answer:

We tie the line directly to the Super Duper as well as the Kastmaster. Have tried lightweight swivels but have noticed less strikes compared to a direct line connection.


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