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I have really gone down the Shimano rabbit hole lately. Three major purchases in as many months have eaten up all my “Mad Money”

 

A lady I work with has taken a second job on the weekends at the local Field and Stream. She gets a 25% discount on purchases. Her cousin runs a tackle shop and gives her steep discounts.

 

She has become my new drug dealer…


Shimano Curado DC 150 XG 

74002161-A016-416-A-BD45-7-ECCFAAA9-DDA.
 

Shimano Vanford 1000

44089-C5-C-FA56-498-D-BC89-C543-C20-C24-

 

Shimano Nasci 2500

DDC4-A7-B9-CFB3-451-B-B574-389-F3-C52-DA

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On 8/6/2022 at 1:12 PM, KP Duty said:

Different strokes for different folks, but I won't even let my reel's paint job touch the grass when I bank fish.  

Yep, same here. I don't get some of the bank anglers, who just toss the rod and reel aside like garbage whenever they catch a fish. It's good to treat each fish like the last fish you'll catch, but I think they take it too literally. 

 

mel brooks we aint found shit GIF

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10 hours ago, newapti5 said:

Yep, same here. I don't get some of the bank anglers, who just toss the rod and reel aside like garbage whenever they catch a fish. It's good to treat each fish like the last fish you'll catch, but I think they take it too literally. 

 

mel brooks we aint found shit GIF

I bring a towel and those extendable rod holders in my tackle bag. The towel is for when the terrain is rocky and I have to lay my rod down. The reel is always on the towel. If I have to lay it down it gets placed gently.

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No pictures yet but my sons 13th bday is coming up in September. So as a gift,
I already had a new Daiwa Fuego CT so I ordered him a tatula elite long cast spool and Hedgehog studio ZR spool bearings for It. Will put 12lb mono on It and get him a Dobyns Fury 733c or 734c. 
Should be a nice senko, small swimbait, spinnerbait setup for him. 

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Went to next level on my Black Cherry - braid-raced 4600C. 

Added a graphite magnum frog blade to my Smith Super Strike handle, 3/8 to 1 oz,

to compliment my Top Water Light S-glass blade. 

The color match is pretty sharp. 

 

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Unfortunately, didn't get to cast my frog today - it rained - but you won't hear me complain about that

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My next project, Daiwa Millionaire Ringa SSS.  Bought this from one of the members here and it will soon undergo a transformation for creek fishing.  The Roro spool is already on the way.  Along with that, it'll have a handle from an Alphas Air Stream Custom. A driveshaft, star wheel and associated click hardware from a Millionaire CT, a drag clicker, and a Steez handle bolt to round it out.

 

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1 hour ago, 4g63power said:

nice. i got one a while ago with intentions of doing the gear swap and mods to run 34mm spools properly and more. then realized the reel was too pretty as it is and couldnt bring myself down to do it, so mission aborted lol

If you're gear swapping, the 7.2 gears from the Alphas SV105 are a direct swap, then the pinion shaft is a direct swap too and will let you run the 34mm Steez spools.  I'm keeping the 5.8s, love them for working hard baits in the streams.

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No bling or extras on these. Both cool enough looking for my simple tastes. Just two desert island favs of mine, and both are a pleasure to fish with.

 

right: USDM Zillion G. Nearly perfect.

 

left: JDM Catalina TW, which is essentially a USDM '18 Zillion HD with a Mag Z spool. I can bomb a 3/8oz chatter bait, then tie on a 3 oz swim bait and launch it without touching the brake. A trouble-free versatile brute. Magseal main crank bearing, and clicking drag is cool.

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Almost there!  I'm still waiting on a Duralumin gear set to come in then I can call it done.  Now here is where it gets interesting.  With the Roro spool, this thing was either over braked or under braked with very little in between.  For the sake of experimentation, I swapped side plates with my Millionaire CT and it was money, got the full range of braking without the all-or-nothing I was experiencing previously.  When I put both magnet assemblies side by side, I noticed the magnets from the Ringa stick out about 1mm more than those in the CT, which means the inductor was further into the mag assembly giving a more aggressive braking profile. 

 

The Ringa is a Magforce Z reel, designed to throw from about 3/8 on up, and this more aggressive braking profile is better for those bigger baits, but not conducive to finesse fishing.  I removed the mag assembly from my CT and put it in its new home in the Ringa, and ordered a new CT mag assembly from PLAT to get that reel back on the water.  Oh yeah, this thing weighs a whole 6.7 oz now, and will shed another quarter ounce once the new aluminum main gear is in.  That's a feather for a round reel.  I'm going to take it out on the creek tomorrow morning.  Can't wait!

 

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On 8/8/2022 at 7:04 AM, NYWayfarer said:

The towel is for when the terrain is rocky and I have to lay my rod down.

When I shop for used JDM reels (from Japan) on Ebay, most of them are really scratched up on the top of the reel. Probably because they are being used for shore fishing.

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Man I can’t get over this reel. The mix of the shiny and matte black. ?

 

The digitaka website pics didn’t do It justice. I thought my zillion tw sv was good looking but wow. 

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22 hours ago, Cbump said:

Man I can’t get over this reel. The mix of the shiny and matte black. ?

 

The digitaka website pics didn’t do It justice. I thought my zillion tw sv was good looking but wow. 

The Zillion 10's have the same paint job.  I dig it as well.  I'm thinking of gearing down my 10's so I can use them more.

 

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I'm going to follow @redmeansdistortion's lead.  Here's my birthday present to me. 

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Building this entirely from parts, which I already had most of the drive parts, 6.3 gears, but ordered a RocketReelCo ball-bearing main shaft.  It's going to have a Conquest look with max champagne gold. 

This is a 4500CT (NLW) built on a Zzeta frame, and intending to long-cast light braid with finesse lures, and of course keep the option for throwing heavier.  The one part I'm waiting on is a 4500 spool spindle, but I'll throw you a bone, and show you the real stuff later, e.g., when I get the drive plate assembled. 

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8 minutes ago, bulldog1935 said:

I'm going to follow @redmeansdistortion's lead.  Here's my birthday present to me. 

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Building this entirely from parts, which I already had most of the drive parts, but ordered a RocketReelCo ball-bearing main shaft.  It's going to have a Conquest look with max champagne gold. 

This is a 4500CT (NLW) built on a Zzeta frame, and intending to long-cast light braid with finesse lures, and of course keep the option for throwing heavier.  The one part I'm waiting on is a 4500 spool spindle, but I'll throw you a bone, and show you the real stuff later, e.g., when I get the drive plate assembled. 

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Gee, you guys got expensive customized bday present(s). What I got last time was a steak dinner without cake. 

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1 hour ago, bulldog1935 said:

I'm going to follow @redmeansdistortion's lead.  Here's my birthday present to me. 

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Building this entirely from parts, which I already had most of the drive parts, 6.3 gears, but ordered a RocketReelCo ball-bearing main shaft.  It's going to have a Conquest look with max champagne gold. 

This is a 4500CT (NLW) built on a Zzeta frame, and intending to long-cast light braid with finesse lures, and of course keep the option for throwing heavier.  The one part I'm waiting on is a 4500 spool spindle, but I'll throw you a bone, and show you the real stuff later, e.g., when I get the drive plate assembled. 

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? Happy Birthday indeed. Looking forward to seeing the final result?

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