Most fishermen will go for heavier fishing gear than the one they actually need, for reasons of safety and because they can put heavier lines on a stronger rod. Though I used to share in this idea, as I experienced with various rods and reels, I understood that ultra-light and light equipment is a top choice for many fishing situations and should not be ignored. In fishing terms, when you say ultra-light or light you are referring to the power of your rod, which will indicate how easily the blank will bend when a pressure is applied to it. The lighter the gear, the easier it will bend.
It is true, you can’t tackle large fish species with it, but lightweight gear comes with a couple of advantages no other gear comes with. The first one is that it is, obviously, easy to handle and maneuver, even for less experienced anglers. As such, a beginner could start training in the art of fishing using this type, before going to a heavier category. That is not to say a skilled fisherman could not benefit from using one, as fishing with lighter equipment is a good exercise. Maneuvering a lighter rod demand more attention from the handler, as the line may break if you reel it in sloppily or at a fast rate.
Another plus that comes with using light equipment is that it offers you a complete and more rewarding fishing experience. A lighter rod will force you to find ways through which you keep the fish hooked, while it struggles to go back into the water. You won’t be able to just reel it in, because the line may not handle all that pressure and break, so you’ll have to master techniques to fight a fish, which is extremely useful, especially for bass.
Talking about bass fishing, an ultra-light rod is exceptional to use with smaller lures, which bass is very fond of. As such, it will give you more chances at catching one if you’re an amateur bass fisherman. In addition, a UL rod will be more sensitive than any other rod, especially if teamed up with the proper lines, so if something’s biting, you will sense it immediately.
Personally, I’ve learnt much more about fishing with light equipment than with any other equipment category, as it made me pay attention, have patience and handling my rod with precision and security. Honestly, I believe that’s why I rarely come back from a fishing trip empty-handed.