Now I know some jigstick throw certain jigs better than others but I’m looking to get my first stick and want to know what the everyone’s opinion is on which stick will throw the biggest selection.
I agree about the Harnell.The rod will always be secondary to technique. I’d recommend starting with a modest length/moderate action, say 8’6” to 9’, and get to work on building the muscle memory. Go up or down from there. As most have stated—it’s hard to settle on just one. But it’s definitely easier to find what’s right for you once your fundamental jig casting skills are in place. And then, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on what works for you.
I remember casting a highly regarded Harnell once, and thinking, “this is the stupidest rod I’ve ever handled!”. To many, it’s a Holy Grail. Not for me, though...
Great insight!There’s so many jigsticks out there. You’ll undoubtedly end up with at least a few. but this is about your first one, so in my mind, Keep It Simple Stupid. You just can’t fuck it up with a factory wrapped 90j as your first stick. 10 footers have a higher learning curve, and will not be fun as your first or only stick. You want a 90j so that you can learn and progress and still have fun while you fish. It’s affordable, it’s versatile, it’s easy to cast, it’s a fiberglass rod, it has good fish fighting power and loads up great. What more do you want.