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Mitch G.

Quantum Smoke SL25 issues...anyone else have this?

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Been using my Smokes for a few years now with minor or no issues.....One particular reel is giving me a problem and trying to pinpoint the cause/issue.....Spooled up w/ 10# flouro on a St Croix Rod,.......after I cast and start to reel in, any speed retrieve, the reel is very difficult to reel in line....at first I thought I either have major line twist so I let out 3/4 of the spool as we cruised out to a spot on the lake, closed my bail and let the line uncurl.........that didn't seem to fis the issue.....next I thought, maybe I overspooled...nope that wasn't an issue either......this only happens when I am reeling in a lure/any bait.......even a senko......so I cut the bait off and reeled in all the line and clipped the line end to the spool clip and spun the reel and it feels great, spins nice and long, and smooth....seems only when a lure if attatched and i reel in.....I'm gonna check my rod guides for a possible crack.....but I am aggravated trying to find the cause of this....reel is oiled and greased recently and it was done correctly so it can't be that either....anyone have any suggestions what may be the cause and any solutions?.......happens only on this particular Smoke(I have 10 of them).......no smart a$$ comments please regarding Quantum...thank you

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You may have gotten the line wrapped on the rod, or possibly missed the guide and had it in the guide frame which would cause undue pressure on the reel which then with no lure would then feel fine since there isn't any weight to cause it to pinch or bind.  Try swapping to a different rod and see if it does the same thing.  If it doesn't then odds are maybe you just strung up the rod and missed something.  If you have a chipped guide you'd know it with the flouro as it would probably have some frays from where it was rubbing and causing the friction.  I'd also make sure that your roller on the bail isn't causing a pinch (just a thought but probably not the issue).  No Quantum bashing from me, I'm a proud Quantum supporter.  Hope this helps.

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12 hours ago, gulfcaptain said:

possibly missed the guide and had it in the guide frame which would cause undue pressure on the reel which then with no lure would then feel fine since there isn't any weight to cause it to pinch or bind.  

i was going to say this right here....  i did this like 2 weeks ago and couldn't figure out what in the world was going on.  on closer inspection, i had missed the guide, but gone through the guide foot on about the 3rd guide from the tip.  

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Check your line roller sounds like it may be locked up or needs a drop of remoil

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Thanks guys.....will check when I get home from work...getting older...my eyes are getting bad maybe...thanks again

 

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I mis threaded a casting Rod one time and looked right at and didn't see it. Put it aside and checked next day and sure enough. 

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I'll be out this weekend and will see if any of these suggestions fixed it......I retied and made sure I passed through every guide and dropped a bait down off my balcony(I'm on the 5th floor up) and when I reeled in it felt 100% better........Hopefully it was that easy and thanks again for all your suggestions....FISH ON!!!

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Just a quick follow up from my original post.....got out today and  used the rod/reel combo I mentioned originally.....Tied on and threaded line through all guides and seems to be fine all day......I must have missed a guide last time.....all's good now and got a bunch of smallmouth on that combo as a bonus....thanks again for all your suggestions regarding this....FISH ON everyone!!

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