Outdoor Skills – Fishing Q&A

Q: What type of rod and reel is best for general freshwater fishing?

A: A medium-weight spinning outfit spooled with 8-pound-test monofilament will serve adequately for everything from trout and panfish to bass and walleyes. That means a reel weighing about 8 to 10 ounces, and a 6- to 61/2-foot rod rated for 1/4- to 3/8-ounce lures. A two-piece rod will be the most convenient, especially if you drive a small car.