What Set Up For Smallmouth Wade Fishing?

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My dad and I like to wade fish rivers for bronze-backs. Before I was seriously into fishing I just took the one pole I had. Now however I have several set ups to choose from and I’m not sure sure which one to use.
Of these options which one would you suggest?
6′6 medium heavy bait casting with 8 pound monofilament
6′6 medium action spinning with 10 pound fluorocarbon
Buy a new rod and reel specifically for wading for smallies
I do have 2 other set ups, but they are out of the question because they are heavy action with heavy test braids.
I am leaning toward the baitcasting because I don’t want flouro due to the fact that I may use top waters. Yet at the same time even though I have confidence in my skills on the casting reel, it may be hassle-full to deal with a backlash while in the water. I have some cash so I wouldn’t have a problem buying some new stuff if I don’t have anything well suited for wade fishing.

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5 Responses to “What Set Up For Smallmouth Wade Fishing?”
  1. pheasant tail says:

    If you’re wading, i’d go with the spinning rod.
    I’ve wet waded for Smallies for years on the Susquehanna river in PA
    currently I use a 7′ fast action spinning rod on a shimano reel w/ 6 lb mono. I would think your 6′6″ medium action spinning rod would be fine, i’d just go a little lighter on the mono (6-8 lb) florocarbon is fine, but Smallies (for the most part) at this time of year are not terribly line shy.
    The reason I use 6 lb test is because if I hang up on rocks I can break off alot easier than w/ heavier line. I’m not too worried about losing a few jigs and Mr. Twisters since they are not expensive. If I’m using crawfish I can always tie another hook on.
    If you plan on using rapalas, plugs, and other more expensive lures, then go with the heavier line

  2. Backwater Charlie says:

    My favorite combo for wading’ for smallies would be ~ 6′6 medium light or medium action spinning rod. And a ~ Spinning reel filled with 8 lb. trilene mono. Peel that floro off the spinning reel and spool it up with some mono. Trilene XL Smooth Cast is my favorite. That bait caster will not throw those small lures you normally use for small mouth bass very well.

  3. BOBBER says:

    I would go with the spinning rod.

  4. Amy says:

    If you’re wading, i’d go with the spinning rod.
    I’ve wet waded for Smallies for years on the Susquehanna river in PA
    currently I use a 7′ fast action spinning rod on a shimano reel w/ 6 lb mono. I would think your 6′6″ medium action spinning rod would be fine, i’d just go a little lighter on the mono (6-8 lb) florocarbon is fine, but Smallies (for the most part) at this time of year are not terribly line shy.
    The reason I use 6 lb test is because if I hang up on rocks I can break off alot easier than w/ heavier line. I’m not too worried about losing a few jigs and Mr. Twisters since they are not expensive. If I’m using crawfish I can always tie another hook on.
    If you plan on using rapalas, plugs, and other more expensive lures, then go with the heavier line

  5. Amy says:

    My favorite combo for wading’ for smallies would be ~ 6′6 medium light or medium action spinning rod. And a ~ Spinning reel filled with 8 lb. trilene mono. Peel that floro off the spinning reel and spool it up with some mono. Trilene XL Smooth Cast is my favorite. That bait caster will not throw those small lures you normally use for small mouth bass very well.

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