Trout Baitcasting Rods

Trout baitcasting rods are an outgrowth of the Bait Finesse System (BFS), which allowed bass anglers to cast light lures accurately with baitcasters. It did not take long for Japanese anglers to adopt BFS reels for trout fishing, and rod manufacturers were not far behind that. There are now a number of excellent trout baitcasting rods that can handle light lines and light lures.

To reiterate a point made on the BFS page, purists consider BFS to be specifically a bass fishing method. BFS reels, for example the Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS, can be used quite effectively for trout. BFS rods, though, - rods that have BFS written on the rod - are bass rods and will be too stiff for trout fishing. The Japanese companies who make baitcasters for trout fishing call them "trout" rods, not BFS rods. (Trout rods are broken down into spinning and bait, or S and B or BC.) Thus, while you can refer to all the baitcasting reels on this site as BFS reels, to be precise, the rods on this site are trout baitcasting rods, not BFS rods.

As with spinning rods, JDM baitcasting rods for trout can be divided into rods for stocked trout in Areas (managed pay-to-fish ponds) and wild (native) trout in mountain streams. In a sense, the two different rod classes illustrate the two different sides of the finesse coin - micro lures and ultra light lines in the Areas, and extremely accurate casting in the mountain streams.

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Trout Baitcasting Rods - Wild Trout


Shimano makes the Cardiff NX rod for wild trout. For anglers who love to fish the little blue lines, the Cardiff baitcaster comes in a convenient 4'8" length. Even better, it is a 4-piece rod so it will fit in or on a backpack rather than towering over your head as you hike in and out.

Rod Weight
Line Weight
Lure Weight

Cardiff NX B48UL-4
Wild (stream)

15 5/8"
2.7 oz
2 - 6 lb
1 - 7 g (1/32 - 1/4 oz)
Made in Indonesia


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