it varies on the water conditions, sometimes i will take 5 or 6 other times 2 or 3. On average i probably take 3. if it is not to weedy i will take 5 or 6 for reaction baits. its hard sometimes to tie on a new lure with the wind whipping through, especially with my diminished eye sight and balance, easier to just pick up another rod. I don’t plan on buying any other rods and reels for a few years and i’m sure i’m going to break some rods in that time. Broke a couple already this year. Why i like kistler and Ugly Stik, they don’t break. Although i don’t use US often, way to heavy. I do use an US GX2, 7’6” ML for my squarebill rod, but from now to late fall i can’t use any squarebills, just to weedy.