Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod Review
Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod Review
Just as there is a tool for every job, there is a rod for every type of fishing.
The Shakespeare Micro Spinning Rod satisfies the angler looking for some ultra light action. The 4’-6” is great for bringing the kids to the local pond for perch or small trout. The more serious angler looking to cast to some crappie or bluegill will love the precision of the 7’ ultra light rod.
There are 7 sizes and speeds of the Shakespeare Micro, so you can match the rod to the species. Each one is perfect for when you want to use some lighter lures and smaller test line.
The precision caster who prides himself on his accurate casts will have a blast dinking and dipping his lures right where he wants them.
There’s nothing better than finding a hole where the fish are hiding and throwing a perfectly placed cast to get the lure right over them.
Once the slightest of bites is detected, you give a light flick of the wrist, the hook is set and the fish is on! Ultra light tackle fishing is a lot of fun. Though, it is for a specific type of fishing. Read on to see if the Shakespeare Micro Spinning rod will suit your needs
There is a bit of a learning curve to using ultra light tackle. Understanding how to use it will greatly enhance your experience and keep your rod at the peak of its performance.
The first order of business is to practice precision casting. The tip of the rod is very soft, so timing is everything. As is using the right weight lure and line. You might find that your first casts are way off the mark and it’s tempting to blame the rod.
Just keep trying to find that sweet spot when you release and the lure flies just the way you want it to.
How you retrieve the line is also important. Again, the tip is very soft, so the action is fast. Subtle flicks of the wrist will give your lure a lifelike appearance. Jerking it wildly will only scare away any fish you are targeting.
Then there is the moment when you have a fish on. Understanding your drag here is very important. You want to play with the fish and not try to muscle it into your boat or on shore. Your aim is to let the fish struggle so it wears itself out. When the moment is right you can bring him in with little resistance.
Which of the rod sizes and rating is best?
For fishing in areas where there is foliage around, say the shore of a pond with lots of trees, the shorter 4’-6” rod is ideal. What you give up on cast length, you make up for in precision.
When you need a longer cast, the longer rods offer much better range. The great aspect of these ultra light 6’ to 7’ rods is that you are able to use a light lure and still cast for distance. A bass or crappie is more likely to be attracted to a small lure of 1/16 and 1/32 ounce weight.
And with the soft tip of the rod, you can achieve some great action. Without giving up sensitivity. You will be able to feel the fish looking at your lure the rod is so sensitive!
The Shakespeare Micro gives you the ability to cast out past where the fish are without disturbing them since the lure is so small. Reeling in through the area where the fish are will stealthily present your lure with the fish not suspecting that anything is amiss.
When you get that fish on, get ready for some intense action. Even if it’s just a small trout, you will feel the battle with this light gear.
The pros and cons of the Shakespeare Micro
- Durable graphite composite rod blank
- Stainless steel guides inside and out
- Cushioned hoods on the reel seat
- 2 pieces for easy portability
- Great price
- Comfortable cork grip
- Rod tip guide can come loose
- Can snap if you catch a larger fish
- Learning curve to get a good cast
Some people will scoff at the idea of taking a rod out with 4-5 pound test line and a ⅛ ounce or even 1/16 ounce lures. What they don’t understand is how much fun this fishing can be. Not only that, but how effective it is.
For example, many anglers are attracted to fly fishing since it is a great way to trick fish by using small flies. But, there is a high barrier to entry in fly fishing, however. It is very expensive to buy the proper gear. It also takes a long time to learn the technique. That keeps a lot of would-be fly fisherman (like myself) in the realm of spinning outfits.
Using ultra light gear with small lures is a great way to replicate the success that fly fisherman achieve. It takes a little more technique and trial and error to properly use the ultra light spinning gear, just not quite as much as fly fishing.
I can’t tell you how many times I have been out-fished by the fly guys while trying to use my spinning rods.
The Shakespeare Micro spinning rod will get you some crazy fishing action. The fish are out there, you just have to get your lure to them and present it in a way that they can’t resist.
The technology that Shakespeare employs in these rods ensures that you can get your lure where you want it. It also means you have a strong backbone in case you hook into a bigger fish, like catfish or pike. As long as your line holds, your rod will do all the work for you.
If you are considering getting into light or ultra light fishing, then you should really try out the Shakespeare Micro spinning rod. It is a very fun, rewarding and effective way to fish. And Shakespeare makes the right rod for the job!