Congratulations you got yourself a new spinning rod!
The question now is: what techniques can I use this rod for? To be more specific, what are the possible uses of a medium light spinning rod?
That it what I want to look at in this post. First, let’s talk about what medium-light actually means. Next, we will talk about 5 different uses for this particular rod. Lastly, I want to share with you one of my favorite medium light fishing rods on the market today.
What Are The Uses For A Medium Light Spinning Rod?
First, before we can talk about the uses, let’s talk about what a medium light power rating means.
A Look At Power Ratings
After a rod is constructed it is given a power rating based on its lifting power or as some anglers call it its backbone.
The most common power ratings are as follows: ultra heavy, extra heavy, heavy, medium heavy, medium, medium light, light and ultalight. It goes without saying but, ultra heavy means that it has the most power, and ultralight means that it is the one with least amount of power.
In order to understand the power rating better let’s take a closer look at one of these power ratings. For example, let’s take a closer look at a fishing rod with a heavy power rating.
As you can see, a heavy power rating falls almost right the middle. Because it does have a more powerful rating it is designed to handle heavier lines and lures.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the higher the power rating the more power and control you are going to have over the fish. For example, many topwater anglers like to use a heavy rod because it helps them to take control of the fish before it heads under cover.
What Does Medium Light Mean….
Now that we understand the power ratings a little better let’s look at a medium light power rating.
To begin, it is important to note that the power rating isn’t a universal measurement. What might be considered medium light for one brand, might not be the same for the other. With that being said, it is always important to check what lure rating and line rating is given to your specific rod.
For the sake of this discussion we are going to talk about what a typical lure/line rating for a medium light spinning rod might be. Generally they have a lure rating of between 1/8 ounces to 1/32 ounces and the line rating can be between 4 to 10 lbs.
So based on the power, lure and light rating we can see that this rod is designed for fish that you are going to catch with lighter lures.
I would use this particular rod to catch, largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, trout, walleye, perch and panfish.
Let’s talk about some specific uses…
What Can I Use This Rod For….
This rod is a great rod to use when fishing with plastics. As we mentioned earlier, heavier power ratings are designed for fishing for large fish or when fishing around heavy cover. With that being said whenever you are fishing with light plastics such as senkos in open water you want to grab that medium light rod. As far as the rod action goes, I would shot for a fast to extra-fast action for extra sensitivity.
A medium light rod with fast to extra fast action is the perfect drop shot rod. This is especially true when fishing in deep waters. By deep waters I am talking about 20 or 30 feet down. With a lighter rod you will be able to feel exactly what is going on with your lure and be in a better positions to capitalize on the lightest bites.
Another great presentation designed to catch just about any fish is a shaky head presentation. Once again with this presentation you will be fishing a lot on the bottom of the water. Whenever you are fishing on the bottom, a sensitive rod is essential. For that reason, I would recommend using a medium light rod with a fast to extra fast action tip for shaky heads. This is going to give you better control over your fishing lure.
In Line Spinners
Calling all trout fisherman, this is your go-to-rod when fishing in line spinners for trout. Because this particular rod has a lighter lure and line rating it makes it the perfect rod for trout fishing.
A very popular technique with this type of rod is finesse fishing. While you could say that shaky head and drop shot fall under this category. I wanted to add it to the list to include any type of fishing that falls under this broad category. In other words, whenever you need a sensitive rod to feel exactly what is going on with your lure, you want to turn to a medium light rod.
My Favorite Medium-Light Spinning Rod
No matter if you are fishing with in line spinners, shaky heads or drop shots, I think the G. Loomis IMX PRO 820s is the rod that you want to go choose.
This is a medium light spinning rod with an extra fast action. It has a lure rating of 1/8 ounces to 3/8 ounce, a line rating of 4 – 8 pounds and a good all around length of 6’10”.
A great rod to add to your fishing pole arsenal to say the least.
So, what are the uses for a medium light spinning rod? You can use it when fishing for bass, crappie, trout, perch and panfish.
It has a lot of sensitive and thus makes the perfect option for: plastics, drop shots, shaky heads, in-line spinners and general finesse fishing.
What have you found to be the best uses for a medium light spinning rod? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.