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3 hours ago, Derek1 said:

That’s wicked cool man. Hope you enjoy it. 

Thanks!  Had a pretty great morning, bite was slow but still managed a couple of browns.  Still good to get out of the house for a bit.

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On 9/15/2022 at 10:19 AM, Cbump said:

Lmao. It took a lot for me to put It on there for real. I didn’t want to spend more than about $150 so really It came down to Tatula or Stradic. I didn’t like that the Tatula was made in China or that It was black and going on this particular rod. 
Got the Tat Elite rod in though and it’s made in China lol 🤷🏼‍♂️
So whatever lol
 

 


 

 

I do have a pretty sweet H2O tac 40 spinning rod in ML that I was trying to sell that no one wanted. it’s just put away now with no reel. Might go ahead and get the Tatula LT when funds allow and put It on there. 

Those Tac40s are nice. I have like 8 of them in various casting and spinning setups.

 

I did away with brand loyalty today though, I broke my shimano clarus spinning rod this morning dragging a chatterbait through some weeds. It wasn't anything that should have broken the rod tip, but that's what happened. Oh well. My first non-tac40 or shimano rod is this St Croix Mojo Yak MF that will be paired with this well worn speed spool tournament pro. Gonna be using this for lighter weight swimbaits, chatterbait minimax, jerkbaits, wacky rig etc. I got the yak version for the shorter handle, Winn grip, and reinforced tip. Hoping this rod lasts me a bit longer than others have. I think catching the biggest bass I've seen in the Cabelas pond is probably a good omen.

I also picked up a lews mach spinning rod. I liked the feel.

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With the water being low, I went and scouted pools and runs on the local river yesterday.  A nice rain should bring in the steelhead so hopefully I'll be getting them soon.  This is a tricky river to fish as the underlying topography changes quickly due to urban runoff, but most of these deeper pools should remain relatively intact.  They don't really change unless we get some very, very heavy rain.

 

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3 hours ago, redmeansdistortion said:

 

Scratch built 2500C IAR, made from new and new old stock parts.  The only used parts are the press arm and pinion yoke.  

 

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And for comparison purposes, a bone stock 2500C on the scale.

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That's some serious weight-loss.

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19 minutes ago, GreenPig said:

That's some serious weight-loss.

Heck yeah.  It's now my lightest round reel.  I also have another 2500C, a 1600C IAR, Millionaire CT SV, Millionaire Ringa SSS, and a Calcutta Conquest BFS.  

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6 hours ago, redmeansdistortion said:

 

Scratch built 2500C IAR, made from new and new old stock parts.  The only used parts are the press arm and pinion yoke.  

 

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And for comparison purposes, a bone stock 2500C on the scale.

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I’m not a round reel guy but d**n that’s good looking 🤤. When I was much younger probably 14 years old I bought a red round Abu Garcia reel (don’t remember the model😬) to bring to the annual Minnesota fishing trip/vacation, stopped fishing 2 years later and always argued with my brother as to who bought it😆

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@Eric 26 you can't imagine the total change swapping the heavy stock spools for new lightweight spools.  Everything you learned about setting up your old Ambassadeur goes out the door. 

Zero end tension, up to 1/4 oz, you don't need centrifugal, and with lighter weights, you only need a light mag brake.  Especially for the stream trout rods  @redmeansdistortion is matching.  

There's a lighter spool available than this, but this reel easily fishes tiny 1.5-g plugs. 

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6 minutes ago, bulldog1935 said:

Zero end tension, up to 1/4 oz, you don't need centrifugal, and with lighter weights, you only need a light mag brake.  Especially for the stream trout rods  @redmeansdistortion is matching.  

I'm using the centrifugal brake with the extra small blocks from Avail on my other 2500C, 2g to 7g+ with zero spool tension.  It's the most controlled reel I've used and does exactly what I want with zero fuss.  With some of my other newer reels like the Calcutta Conquest BFS and Millionaire CT, I often have to make slight braking adjustments depending on bait weight and technique.  I don't have to do any of that with the 2500C, it's so simple yet so effective.  

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I went through the centrifugal exercise on my 1500C, taking the approach of setting mag brake for the lightest thing I'm going to throw on the reel, and centrifugal for the heaviest I'm going to throw. 

I reduced the 5 Avail magnets to 2. 

It would throw 7+ g without backlash.  When I added centrifugal shoes (the same smallest/lightest), it was just a distance robber on the light end.  So I went back, replaced the centrifugal with the Avail spacer, and moved the magnet from the left side to the right side, which my photo shows above. 

 

The one that really floored me is my 4600, which I was targeting 1/2 oz on light braid. 

When I was tinkering for initial set-up with 6-lb YZH, discovered it would cast 3 g, set my mag there, and added 2 centrifugal shoes for the half-ounce. 

The reel is backlash-proof from 3 g to an ounce - no adjustments. 

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@bulldog1935 & @redmeansdistortion you two guys are  light years ahead of me as far as your knowledge of reels😬. I may not be able to break down/rebuild a reel but I can say without a doubt I sure love seeing and definitely appreciate all of you guys sharing on here😃

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11 hours ago, Eric 26 said:

I may not be able to break down/rebuild a reel

It's never too late to start.  I used to be a big gear head in my teens and 20s and spent a lot of time wrenching on and modifying cars, reels are much simpler by comparison, and a heck of a lot cheaper too.  What I spent modifying my cars back in the 90s and 00s, I could've bought my entire tackle collection many times over.  That's not counting the tickets for driving like an idiot either lol

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@Eric 26 Especially Ambassadeurs - they're just so much fun to work on, everything is simple and makes sense, and large enough to handle without tweezers and Ott magnifier. 

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1 hour ago, redmeansdistortion said:

It's never too late to start.  I used to be a big gear head in my teens and 20s and spent a lot of time wrenching on and modifying cars, reels are much simpler by comparison, and a heck of a lot cheaper too.  What I spent modifying my cars back in the 90s and 00s, I could've bought my entire tackle collection many times over.  That's not counting the tickets for driving like an idiot either lol

 

1 hour ago, bulldog1935 said:

@Eric 26 Especially Ambassadeurs - they're just so much fun to work on, everything is simple and makes sense, and large enough to handle without tweezers and Ott magnifier. 

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First off I’m out of reactions so those will have to come later. More importantly I appreciate the words of encouragement as far as working on these reels, as I’ve said before my first foray into taking apart/maintenance on my reel resulted in all the parts being put back but a reel that just wouldn’t operate properly. Although an inappropriate rant, as for the Abu reel I’m referencing this is one of the many reasons I no longer speak to my sister in law due to my brothers fishing collection being promised but never delivered to my family after his death. Seeing all these cool looking round reels on here has me thinking I may have to keep my eyes open for one after all.

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10 hours ago, Eric 26 said:

Seeing all these cool looking round reels on here has me thinking I may have to keep my eyes open for one after all.

I see you're a fellow Great Lakes area guy.  I can guarantee that if you went hopping around estate sales and garage sales, you would find some really nice stuff.  I've seen quite a bit over the years, and Ambassadeurs and Calcuttas come up very often for significantly less than you'd pay on eBay.  That reel you saw on eBay for $100 could've very well come from a garage sale for $10 or $20.  Parts and donor reels are abundant, they're simple to work on, and you can get them for dirt.  Browsing online listings, while convenient, can also get expensive.  

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Been slow about matching my custom 4500CT surf reel with a rod. 

I have these long feet on other barstock CT frames matched on two other reel seats, one with a split seat on a custom lure-ML surf rod, and saddle clamps on a long H bait surf rod. 

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I bought an Abu finesse shore jigging rod, knew the seat probably wouldn't work on the long foot (70 mm)...

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Took the new rod to the coast for a week matched with my Zillion Silver Wolf, and it came home with mojo. 

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Decided not to cut on the mojo rod and break up this combo, it was still the taper I wanted to cast with the finesse CT, and ordered a 2nd rod for $90 from Japan - I'll cut on this one - cheaper gamble than a custom rod.  Here's the trouble, this extended trim-piece had to be cut out to give the reel seat enough L3 to accept the reel foot. 

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It worked.  A machinist buddy has promised me a split-knurl ring to add to the cut end on the front of the reel seat hood. 

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editing with cast trials - I got out to cast the Abu/CT combo, first with 2 g jighead. I couldn't get a long-enough cast or control the windage - the ML surf rod (rated 7 g min) actually cast the 2 g better, because of a moderate mid taper.
So I went digging for a 3-g jighead and found the ahh... spot. I'm going to do some more trials here to optimize the mag brake stand-off for 3 g as min. But I expect the real sweet spot on the combo to be 5 g, which was my target.

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Holy cow, FishingShop.kiwi tried to give this rod away. 

E-mail from Kirill this morning

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Subject: Order #10010904
Hi, Ron!
ABU GARCIA Salty Style Super Light Shore Jigging SSJC-892L-KR happened to be out of stock unfortunately, we have to make the refund. I am very sorry for the inconvenience!

NO refund required.  Received this order last week, delivered by DHL. 

The whole point of buying the 2nd rod was not to destroy the mojo the 1st rod brought home, paired with Nyu-kon and the Silver Wolf. 

Nyu-kon 入魂 is Japanese mojo, and literally means the item "doesn't know what it is" until it's properly broken in. 

Last thing I want to do is destroy this rod's mojo (self-awareness?) by literally stealing it.  

I'm targeting big snook on it this winter. 

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On 11/6/2022 at 5:42 AM, bulldog1935 said:

Been slow about matching my custom 4500CT surf reel with a rod. 

I have these long feet on other barstock CT frames matched on two other reel seats, one with a split seat on a custom lure-ML surf rod, and saddle clamps on a long H bait surf rod. 

ojAksFfl.jpg?1 OJY3PPSl.jpg

I bought an Abu finesse shore jigging rod, knew the seat probably wouldn't work on the long foot (70 mm)...

YXTvHae.jpg

Took the new rod to the coast for a week matched with my Zillion Silver Wolf, and it came home with mojo. 

WZ7EW0v.jpg

Decided not to cut on the mojo rod and break up this combo, it was still the taper I wanted to cast with the finesse CT, and ordered a 2nd rod for $90 from Japan - I'll cut on this one - cheaper gamble than a custom rod.  Here's the trouble, this extended trim-piece had to be cut out to give the reel seat enough L3 to accept the reel foot. 

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It worked.  A machinist buddy has promised me a split-knurl ring to add to the cut end on the front of the reel seat hood. 

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editing with cast trials - I got out to cast the Abu/CT combo, first with 2 g jighead. I couldn't get a long-enough cast or control the windage - the ML surf rod (rated 7 g min) actually cast the 2 g better, because of a moderate mid taper.
So I went digging for a 3-g jighead and found the ahh... spot. I'm going to do some more trials here to optimize the mag brake stand-off for 3 g as min. But I expect the real sweet spot on the combo to be 5 g, which was my target.

Man those are some killer reels, I LOVE that carbon fiber handle on the Zillion.

 

Got any more pics of gucci'd out Daiwas?

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@AlabamaSpothunter  Everyone has seen them. 

Zillion SV-TW with Ray's Studio SV spool, ZPI machined star drag, Momo zero adjust, and Avail STi2 handle. PE#1.2 braid in full-time ML

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Steez SV-TW, low-geared reel with 88-mm Studio Composite RC-SC+ handle and Roro-X spool,

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fishes salt finesse on Yamaga Blanks BCIII-82/B rod and PE#0.8

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and bass finesse with Valleyhill rod, Ray's SV spool and PE#1.2

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here's the ZPI carbon handle on the Silver Wolf, which is matched with AMO braid spool and PE#0.8 on the Abu shore jigging rod in the first post with the rat red. 

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4 hours ago, bulldog1935 said:

@AlabamaSpothunter  Everyone has seen them. 

Zillion SV-TW with Ray's Studio SV spool, ZPI machined star drag, Momo zero adjust, and Avail STi2 handle. PE#1.2 braid in full-time ML

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Steez SV-TW, low-geared reel with 88-mm Studio Composite RC-SC+ handle and Roro-X spool,

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fishes salt finesse on Yamaga Blanks BCIII-82/B rod and PE#0.8

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and bass finesse with Valleyhill rod, Ray's SV spool and PE#1.2

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here's the ZPI carbon handle on the Silver Wolf, which is matched with AMO braid spool and PE#0.8 on the Abu shore jigging rod in the first post with the rat red. 

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Wow, those are wicked cool.    You have the most custom and gucci stuff I've seen on here.    Thanks for sharing it.      

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