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17 hours ago, GreenPig said:

Fished the Nanoace/Aldebaran all day and it allowed me to throw a Super Fluke Jr. and a 3" Bass Assassin with a 2/0 Gamakatsu EWG approximately 30 yards. It feels like more of a Medium light power to me. I caught 24 on it with the big LM going 4 lb 13 oz and the big Spot an even 3 lbs and it handle them well. I like it.

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Are you using a jighead on the fluke?  I just picked up some flukes....been a sluggo man for years.

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3 minutes ago, KP Duty said:

Are you using a jighead on the fluke?  I just picked up some flukes....been a sluggo man for years.

No jighead

- 2/0 Gama EWG on Super Fluke Jr.

- 3/0, 4/0, or 5/0 Gama EWG depending on the ROF I want

- 7/0 Gama EWG on the Magnum Fluke

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I replaced my small swimbait combo this week. Went with the Irod Kaimana Coastal 794 and a 21 Scorpion DC. The reel has a 96mm handle from a Curado 70 MGL and the power knobs from the Exsense DC SS. It will be my 1-3oz combo running 50lb braid to a 25lb copoly leader. 

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Newest addition to the lineup. 

Diawa Steez A and Megabass Destroyer P5 Madbull 

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Full lineup 
Steez A, Madbull P5

Metanium, NRX+ 854 JWR

Metanium, GLX 844 MBR 

Curado 150 MGL, GLX 843 MBR 

Curado 150 MGL, Orochi XX EMTF 

Curado DC, Levante Diablo Spec R 

SLX DC, Dobyns Fury 7'3 Heavy (could be for sale)

SLX XT, SLX 7' MH (Could be for sale)

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Millionaire found a new friend, a Daiwa Silver Creek Glass Progressive 51LB-G.  I can't get over how light the rod is for a glass rod, 2.6 oz.  That's the same as my Finetail 5' L which isn't a glass rod.  I'm used to glass being heavier.

 

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@redmeansdistortion congrats on that nice addition. 

I can think of cane and glass fly rods that are that weight or lighter.  My 8' Leonard Fairy Catskill is that same weight (3-wt from 1915), also PHY Driggs River (7'2" 5-wt). 

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Glass fly rods are optimum at 7' and shorter.  My buddy Josh cleaned up last weekend with two venerable glass rods I presented to him (for all the good times he's extended to me), 6'6" Phillipson Fly Fox, and 6'8" St. Croix Featherweight, both under 2 oz. 

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19 minutes ago, bulldog1935 said:

@redmeansdistortion congrats on that nice addition. 

I can think of cane and glass fly rods that are that weight or lighter.  My 8' Leonard Fairy Catskill is that same weight (3-wt from 1915), also PHY Driggs River (7'2" 5-wt). 

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Glass fly rods are optimum at 7' and shorter.  My buddy Josh cleaned up last weekend with two venerable glass rods I presented to him (for all the good times he's extended to me), 6'6" Phillipson Fly Fox, and 6'8" St. Croix Featherweight, both under 2 oz. 

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I didn't get into glass until fairly recent.  Outside of that, all of my glass experience was in the 80s.  My Finetail Stream Glass, which is UL is even heavier than this Silver Creek by half an ounce even though it's lighter in power.  I'm planning to hit the local stream this weekend and familiarize myself.  The action feels really good, it has a nice parabolic bend but it does take some effort to get it there.  I'd rate it on the faster side of moderate fast even though Daiwa doesn't state its action.

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10 minutes ago, redmeansdistortion said:

I didn't get into glass until fairly recent.  Outside of that, all of my glass experience was in the 80s.  My Finetail Stream Glass, which is UL is even heavier than this Silver Creek by half an ounce even though it's lighter in power.  I'm planning to hit the local stream this weekend and familiarize myself.  The action feels really good, it has a nice parabolic bend but it does take some effort to get it there.  I'd rate it on the faster side of moderate fast even though Daiwa doesn't state its action.

Of course every fly rod must have a soft, progressive tip, just to get short lengths of line started, but you'd be amazed how fast both Phillipson glass and PHY Driggs River (para) are for fly rods.  They also roll-cast exceptionally, where short fly rods most often come up "short". 

For glass and round reels, couldn't be more delighted with my Smith SS FO-56, though it's also an S-glass blend.  Really handy for skipping from a kayak. 

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15 minutes ago, bulldog1935 said:

Of course every fly rod must have a soft, progressive tip, just to get short lengths of line started, but you'd be amazed how fast both Phillipson glass and PHY Driggs River (para) are for fly rods.  They also roll-cast exceptionally, where short fly rods most often come up "short". 

For glass and round reels, couldn't be more delighted with my Smith SS FO-56, though it's also an S-glass blend.  Really handy for skipping from a kayak. 

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I'm not sure which blend this Silver Creek uses, but it is 1/3 carbon.  Daiwa markets their glass as SVF glass, which is probably just marketing jargon for S or E glass I'd opine.  I've never heard of it from anybody else, so I'd think it was one of the more common materials with a little marketing behind it.

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Although no where near as fancy as the recent posts, I spooled up my new Piscifun Carbon X 1000 on my new 7’-2” light powered bps panfish elite rod. I’ve said it before I’m a sucker for color matching and this monofilament matches perfectly.Decided to treat myself to a barley pop for a job well done ?

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Received my new Virtus Jewel Blue Diamond rod yesterday (Bladed Jig model). I have a Daiwa Tatula 80 installed on there. 

 

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I can't get pics to post so all I can do is discuss stuff.

 

I don't have much, all I have is a Mitchel Garcia 306 spinning reel from 1962 my brother bought new then I bought it from him when he turned 16; along with a Shakespeare Wonder Rod that came with the reel; I later added a Shimano Surf rod to use with that reel on the ocean. 

 

I then I have a Shimano Aero ULSA XT7 spinning reel (found out a couple of weeks ago that this reel is rare), with a Berkley Lightening Rod IM6, I bought both in the early 80's. Last week I bought a Daiwa BG2500, but haven't chosen a rod for it yet and until I do I'll use it on the Berkley. 

 

Have an mid 80's Fenwick rod (can't read the model since the decal is rubbed off, that I had a very small Penn reel for but that reel didn't last long, it died about 5 years after I bought it.  

 

I then have a inexpensive Scientific Anglers Concept 58 fly reel with a matching fly rod that came with the reel, but I use that reel now on an old Heddon custom made bamboo rod.

 

I'm also looking into buying a Tenkara fly fishing pole system, no reel needed with those.

 

So that's it, nothing fancy, nothing expensive, and not a lot of equipment, but, I can fish just fine with it all.

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I had everything packed for the opener trip this weekend when UPS dropped something off.

 

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Gosh, I hope it's a bicycle...

 

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Update:  turns out it wasn't a bike, it was my absolute favorite rod but in the NRX+ line.

 

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Needed just one more finesse rod and reel so today grabbed a Lew's custom Pro TLC 2000 and paired it with Cashion Core.

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9 hours ago, JohnFromLisbon said:

I had everything packed for the opener trip this weekend when UPS dropped something off.

 

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Gosh, I hope it's a bicycle...

 

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Update:  turns out it wasn't a bike, it was my absolute favorite rod but in the NRX+ line.

 

 

9 hours ago, JohnFromLisbon said:

I had everything packed for the opener trip this weekend when UPS dropped something off.

 

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Gosh, I hope it's a bicycle...

 

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Update:  turns out it wasn't a bike, it was my absolute favorite rod but in the NRX+ line.

 

Are you into cycling too?  That's why I'm looking into the Tenkara fishing rods, so I can take it with me when I do bicycle camping and touring, and not have the extra weight of the reel.

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Broke these guys in today. Fished them hard in the rain.

Caught largemouth, spotted bass and channel cats with them on their maiden voyage.

22 Exist 2000S-P/ BLX 6'10 light/ #4 daiwa J fluro 

22 Stella 2000C/ Adrena 6'10 ul/ #4 daiwa J fluro 

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1 hour ago, rekmeyata said:

Are you into cycling too?  That's why I'm looking into the Tenkara fishing rods, so I can take it with me when I do bicycle camping and touring, and not have the extra weight of the reel.

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Lou and I have telescoping rods that fit in bike bags. 

This is my '92 Viner CX built as an upright with a half-frame bag to fit the rod(s). 

Also have a front rando bag to pack my wading shoes and fishing bag. 

Nothing stops this bike. 

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multipiece fly rod that fits also. 

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12 hours ago, bulldog1935 said:

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Lou and I have telescoping rods that fit in bike bags. 

This is my '92 Viner CX built as an upright with a half-frame bag to fit the rod(s). 

Also have a front rando bag to pack my wading shoes and fishing bag. 

Nothing stops this bike. 

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multipiece fly rod that fits also. 

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Cool stuff!  I had to replace my almost new condition classic 85 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe touring bike after I got hit by a car that totaled the frame about 3 years ago, I really liked that bike too, extremely comfortable, extremely dependable, but it's gone.  So, after much research I bought a 2020 Masi Giramondo 700c, it's a really nice bike for the price I paid, I would have had to spend at least another $1,000 more to get anything with slightly better components on it, so I got it just before C19 caused all the bikes to go bye bye on the marketplace.   Like I said I do loaded camping and touring and need to keep the weight down, I run with about 60 pounds of gear, so I try to keep the weight down as much as I can afford to do without either sacrificing money or comfort to do so, thus the reason to want to go with a Tenkara rod set up.  I was taking my earlier fly-fishing stuff, not the bamboo rod, just the cheap Scientific Angler rod, when I went places on the bike, but it was inconvenient due to the length of the rod.  Once I discovered the Tenkara system I decided that would be the best route for me.

 

I do carry something really odd for fishing, maybe you heard of it?  It's called a Yo Yo Automatic fishing reel as a second fishing device in the water.  Google it, it does work, of course for bait only, but I've caught fish with it, I don't have to do much, it automatically sets the line when a fish strikes and pulls the line in automatically.  It comes with about 15 feet of white cored line (to that you have to attach your mono line leader if you want to, some don't, it's optional, I use a 2 foot long leader to make the line less visible).  There is a great video on how to adjust this reel depending on what you want to do:  

You can find other videos of how to use this reel in the water, it really can work, sometimes the thing triggers and you get nothing, but that's fishing!  I've used mine for 2 years or so now, and I've caught about 6 or 7 fish with it that I could keep.  But it takes up hardly any space on the bike, it stores flat in my handlebar bag, I did put it in a hard plastic container so line/hook wouldn't snag anything in the bag or the bag itself.  I simply go buy some bait at a campground and use it to bait fish with, and use the fly rod to while that one sets waiting to get triggered.

 

I have quite a few bicycles too, well, quite a few according to my wife!  I would have more but she tempers my desires down! LOL!!

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Got a new small swimbaits combo- took me a while to find a rod that would primarily be used for beast hooked softbaits but also had enough parabolic bend to handle glidebaits, big cranks, and a few wakebaits every once in a while.  I think I found a good solution in the mod-fast G Loomis IMX Pro 904c SWBR.  Paired with a Daiwa Zillion HD 1520 HL and spooled with 17 lb. Tatsu.  Really impressed by the quality of this IMX Pro given the price point.

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