Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod Review

 

Bass Pro Shops Micro Lite Graphite Spinning Rod Review

Bass Pro’s Micro Lite spinningrod is a great value and delivers a lot of performance for a very reasonable price. You can’t go wrong with this ultralight rod if you’re looking for one. Even if you are willing to spend a lot, it might not be as good as a more expensive model.

This rod has been very useful for me.

Review of Bass Pro’s Micro Lite Spinning Rod

Length6′ 6″
Blank material:IM6 graphite
Power/action ultralight/fast
Size of the lure:1/32 oz. 1/32 oz. to 1/4 oz.
Line weight:1 to 6
Handle:13.4″ continuous cork
Guide material7 + 1stainless Steel
Pieces2

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Blank

bass pro micro lite rod blank

Bass Pro is the heart of any rod. Its blank is its core. Built from IM6 graphite you will feel every bite, even from the most sluggish crappie.

This is to be expected with an ultralight. However, you can also count on extraordinary strength. The tip can be broken if you hold the rod at the end of the rod and pull it while it is hung up.

However, when I actually fished the Micro Lite, it was a great experience.

Ultralights are not designed to allow you to fish large fish from cover. This rod has been used to catch four- and five-pound bass. It was strong and steady throughout.

This is a significant point in my opinion.

The blank is easy to load and casts well even with lures at the light end of the recommended range.

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Guides

bass pro micro lite rod guides

The quality of guides is often affected by rods that are reasonably priced. This is a fact.

Rod manufacturers can reduce the quality of their guides to save money. They can also skip the Fuji name brand and silicone oxide inserts in order to achieve a price point that most anglers are able to afford.

This is certainly the case. You get eight guides including the tip. However, they aren’t as strong as rods with higher-end rods such as those made by G. Loomis and St. Croix.

Look out for polished stainless steel inserts

They have never been a problem for me, and ultralight fishing has the advantage of not requiring a high quality guide. Guides are important when the line is under stress. This causes it to rub against the guides and create friction.

Even a strong line doesn’t need much heat to break, but it’s not possible with trout, crappie and panfish. Bass Pro compensates for poor guide quality by providing plenty to distribute the force.

Braided lines can pose a problem. They can become abrasive and wear the guides eventually cutting into grooves. For the reasons we have already explained, I recommend nylon monofilament when ultralight fishing. This is important to remember if you do decide to spool braid.

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Handle

I love the handle of the Micro Lite. It’s made from high quality cork and measures 13.4 inches in length. It’s also tough enough to be used all day. It’s also long enough to accommodate large hands and fights.

Continuous cork handles are what I prefer, as do many anglers. This rod may not be the right one for you if you prefer split grips or EVA foam.

Reel Seat

I love the brass reel seat on my Micro Lite.

Two rings secure the reel. The second “locking” ring can be tightened to ensure that your reel stays in place. I have never had any issues with the reel wiggle.

Ferrule

This rod is made up of two pieces and, as you would expect, it is joined by a ferrule. You can see that I fished this rod quite a bit!

Although it isn’t as flexible as a one-piece joint, it’s still quite good. The ferrule itself, however, is secure and tight.

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Last Thoughts

Although the Bass Pro Micro Lite may not be a G. Loomis, or St. Croix, it is a good thing.

It comes with a nice handle, a good blank, and a great reel chair. This makes it a great performer on the water, and it’s also very easy on the wallet.

I have fished many ultralights and don’t believe I would spend more money to buy the best brands. This rod has earned my respect over the years, season after season, fish after catch.

It’s worth a try.

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Lewis
Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.