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1 hour ago, fishwizzard said:

I have a Steez tw sv and I’m going to give this combo a try this weekend.  The sv103 gives the rod a slight butt-heavy feel, which I like, but the Steez makes it super light in hand.  

How do you like the Steez TW SV?  Does it palm as well as an Alphas?

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20 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

How do you like the Steez TW SV?  Does it palm as well as an Alphas?

Eh, it is a good reel but I would not pay anywhere close to MSRP for a second one.  Not that it's bad, but it's not $200 better then an sv103.  Right now it is rodless as it was uncomfortable to me on the rod I bought it for, an MBR 783 GLX.  It feels comfortable on the FMJ casting around the yard, so I have some hopes that it will work out. The Steez TW SV has a bump-out on the rear-bottom on the handle side that my ring finger rubs on a few rods I have tried. The Alphas series has been comfortable on every rod I have put one on.  

 

 I bought it looking for a middle ground between the Alphas and sv103, but if I could go back in time I would have spent the money on an TD-Z Ito and a ZPI spool.  It's a bummer but I don't think there is a single current production Dawia reel that I am really interested in.  

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For me, It's NRX and Aldebaran. Like fishing with a feather and crazy sensitive... Another good reel for that rod is like everyone is saying, da STEEZ! NRX+Ald=$920 , NRX+Steez=2 pennys off a grand (both before taxes, better buy from TW!)

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1 hour ago, fishwizzard said:

Eh, it is a good reel but I would not pay anywhere close to MSRP for a second one.  Not that it's bad, but it's not $200 better then an sv103.  Right now it is rodless as it was uncomfortable to me on the rod I bought it for, an MBR 783 GLX.  It feels comfortable on the FMJ casting around the yard, so I have some hopes that it will work out. The Steez TW SV has a bump-out on the rear-bottom on the handle side that my ring finger rubs on a few rods I have tried. The Alphas series has been comfortable on every rod I have put one on.  

 

 I bought it looking for a middle ground between the Alphas and sv103, but if I could go back in time I would have spent the money on an TD-Z Ito and a ZPI spool.  It's a bummer but I don't think there is a single current production Dawia reel that I am really interested in.  

 Thanks for the insight.  The TWS does make the newer Daiwa reels goofy shaped compared to the pre TWS reels.  The Steez is supposed to be the one they got right and a turning point in TWS reel design but I'm waiting until they are $300 reels used in mint condition before going after one.

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35 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

 Thanks for the insight.  The TWS does make the newer Daiwa reels goofy shaped compared to the pre TWS reels.  The Steez is supposed to be the one they got right and a turning point in TWS reel design but I'm waiting until they are $300 reels used in mint condition before going after one.

It's really just the bump that kills for me.  The reel with a RCS 1012 SV spool in it casts amazingly smoothly, just effortless distance and control, but that bump is just the worst.  Also, while I don't hate the TW, it is very easy to see how much more trim and streamlined the Steez SV TW could have been without it and I don't think the TW system brings enough to the table to be worth the design restraints it seems to cause.  

 

In any case, the Steez is on the FMJ, spooled with 16lb tatsu.  I am going to hit the lake tomorrow afternoon with a 1/2oz jig tied on and see what kinda trouble I can get in to.  

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17 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

It's really just the bump that kills for me.  The reel with a RCS 1012 SV spool in it casts amazingly smoothly, just effortless distance and control, but that bump is just the worst.  Also, while I don't hate the TW, it is very easy to see how much more trim and streamlined the Steez SV TW could have been without it and I don't think the TW system brings enough to the table to be worth the design restraints it seems to cause.  

 

In any case, the Steez is on the FMJ, spooled with 16lb tatsu.  I am going to hit the lake tomorrow afternoon with a 1/2oz jig tied on and see what kinda trouble I can get in to.  

Have you tried the Steez TW SV with a Fuji ACS reel seat yet?  That reel seat might nestle your fingers into a position that will not allow the ring finger to find the bump.  That reel seat does have problems with reels with larger gearboxes but that shouldn't be a problem for the Steez.

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I sure would like to fish with a high-end outfit for a day. I guess one of you guys are just gonna have to take me fishing someday....

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Conquest 904C / Metanium MGL

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For texas rigged baits on the lighter range I'd go with a Dobyns 743 HP paired with a 8:1 Shimano Metanium. For heavier texas rigged baits I'd go with a Dobyns 745 HP paired with a 8:1 Metanium as well. That should set you at about a grand after taxes and shipping. Maybe a little less so you can also throw in some Power Pro 30lb braid and some SF Sniper 14lb line. 

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On 9/14/2018 at 3:37 PM, BaitFinesse said:

Have you tried the Steez TW SV with a Fuji ACS reel seat yet?  That reel seat might nestle your fingers into a position that will not allow the ring finger to find the bump.  That reel seat does have problems with reels with larger gearboxes but that shouldn't be a problem for the Steez.

I am one of the weirdos who likes the  ACS seat, but I don’t have one in my collection anymore.  

 

I fished the Steeze SV TW on the FMJ for a solid 7hours the other day.  It was super comfortable and while a jig bite never happened, I got a few on a Cover Craw pitched around some pads.  The combo feels super light in hand and the rod has far more power then it initaly feels like. 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

I am one of the weirdos who likes the  ACS seat, but I don’t have one in my collection anymore.  

 

 

 

I love the ACS too. ECS is ok, but I prefer the ACS reel seat much more. We are in the minority haha

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7 minutes ago, Stephen B said:

I love the ACS too. ECS is ok, but I prefer the ACS reel seat much more. We are in the minority haha

Yea, I was shocked to realize how disliked the ACS is. 

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20 minutes ago, fishwizzard said:

I am one of the weirdos who likes the  ACS seat, but I don’t have one in my collection anymore.  

 

I fished the Steeze SV TW on the FMJ for a solid 7hours the other day.  It was super comfortable and while a jig bite never happened, I got a few on a Cover Craw pitched around some pads.  The combo feels super light in hand and the rod has far more power then it initaly feels like. 

 

 

This reminds me that I need to get some cover craws to glide under docks next spring.  They may not last long but they can tempt picky fish that have seen a lot of other baits 

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4 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

This reminds me that I need to get some cover craws to glide under docks next spring.  They may not last long but they can tempt picky fish that have seen a lot of other baits 

I have the Cover Craws and some Fat Ikas in a 3500 box and switch between them when the current one gets destroyed.  They seem to work about the same.  

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14 hours ago, fishwizzard said:

Yea, I was shocked to realize how disliked the ACS is. 

Same here. I'm not a big an of the ECS and like the ACS. Actually I prefer the Megabass spiral seat or the Loomis (GLX) one.

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I would buy a couple combos, used, for that money.  If you are patient, you can find a like-new St Croix Legend Elite, an NRX, a Steez, and an SV 103, all for under $1000.  I think I spent about $925 total on the ones I have.

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After reading thru, I've really got to try an NRX. The He3 LMH is one of my favorite rods so far and have three M Exprides and one ML which IMO are great, the NRX must be something special.

Also, the Metanium HG came up several times, I switched two to the brass gears and Carbontex drag and left one

stock, an easy swap and it really does make the reel even better.

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14 minutes ago, DanTheFireman said:

 the NRX must be something special.

 

Regarded as one of the best rods ever made. You'll be extremely happy as it excels at bottom contact presentations!

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On 9/13/2018 at 7:36 PM, BaitFinesse said:

How do you like the Steez TW SV?  Does it palm as well as an Alphas?

Nothing palms as well as an Alphas. Just sayin'

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