Capt. Lou

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  1. I've been using braid as backing on all my salt reels for over 25 seasons , it's the way to go , just make sure if ur offshore fishing pack it on reel tight so under a heavier drag it will not bury itself . Also a west coast outfit sells Toro Tamer brand braid , it's very well made and they have splice able HC down to 30# test . U can loop splice for quick changes by installing HC loops which offer very little resistence going thru guides or u can core splice which is one n done ! Braid offer several features over dacron , more capacity , thinner diameter less resistence when dragged thru water by larger fish , also spool reduction is limited due to its smaller diameter , so u retain slightly higher retrive ratios if your fish get a head of steam . To me it's a win - win
  2. JB is a quality braid , hollow core is the way to go . I use Toro Tamer by Charkbait their hollow core goes down to 30# test , splices well . u can splice Dacron same as hollow core only drawback it's quite a bit thicker and absorbs water thus adding weight and diameter to this type line . Like noted HC braid is an offshore reel backing when u really get into your backing regularly .
  3. I've carried a piece of 1" PVC cut opposing wedge slices in PVC the slice hold braid wrap couple of turns then pop it ! I always use lighter leader generally pops first prevents excessive strain neede to break heavier braids
  4. The thinner lead is cored with braid , two possibilities the thinner may get deeper sans less drag on water , it will be stronger with braid core , however the other school of thought was to go to heavier core 50-60 # the extra weight would allow u to sink faster however . Never run them side by side but there are charts available from various copper line companies on fresh boards to show sink rate in lakes . Oceans have current so apply the 10% rule at minimum !
  5. One of the best smaller boats the would be capable in nasty inlets is the old 23' Formula twin IO's Best small heavy sea boat I've ever owned nothing compared in its day , next 31' Bertram . it was one of the first fast CC 's we cruised at 30+ MPH's sipping fuel ! In the 70's that was pretty fast with a top end near 45 mph . Many still seek out this hull even today
  6. le I have 2 wading jackets by Aquaz ( NEW ) for sale lightweight model Kenai size EXL breathable , 100% waterproof , very lite weight , dark green w/ hood List $189.00 sell n ship local to eastcoast location $90 Model Trimity heavyweight wading Jacket per above but much more durable material , warm , complete wind proof EXL List $249 . Sell n ship per above for $125 any ?'s or info neede PM me
  7. le I have 2 wading jackets by Aquaz ( NEW ) for sale lightweight model Kenai size EXL breathable , 100% waterproof , very lite weight , dark green w/ hood List $189.00 sell n ship local to eastcoast location $90 Model Trimity heavyweight wading Jacket per above but much more durable material , warm , complete wind proof EXL List $249 . Sell n ship per above for $125 any ?'s or info neede PM me
  8. Often if u can cast decently the above mentioned cast loops can happen simply put, one rod may need more of a load to perform while another may be the opposite . Often times even a line will create issues one way or another , there is no one correct way to cast a specific rod way too many variables that have made the cast mastery obscene at times . A quick method I've used to unlock a rods strong point is to vary lines and then balance out a rod for the fishery and accuracy I require whether it is long range or in tight let's say under 50' ! I should mention my cast stroke as well , nothing easy in this game way too many casting opinions for the newcomer .
  9. Depending on water ur fishing I prefer a Teeny Line in fast riffs , cast down n across mend watch for strikes on the turn if not I strip back with occasional wounded minnow drop backs n hang on sometimes they smash it on this retrieve . I prefer T 130 on a 5/6 weight 9' rod . The longer Rod permits unto,keep more line off water & permits easy mends to add depth and let fly maintain proper speed going downstream . I like to keep my line tight in case of strikes in any position . if more depth is required I keep an assortment of lead core lengths that I can loop into line / leader to add depth to fly . Im an underwater fly guy & concentrate on riffs and PW , I seldom nymph or dry unless forced into it on a given day !
  10. Many so called fluoro carbon lines are terrible for memory , I've narrowed my choices on my ultra light trout outfits to a pair of lines that exhibit the softness I require on small spool reels to not take a set with light lures or bait fishing One Invisex & Sunline these both work reel well on my reels which are all 1000 size Stella , Stradic C-14 & Daiwa Tetula . These are mounted on 6'6" - 7' UL & panfish power spin rods all UL actions . No line issues unless u overload spools ! All line 4# test almost impossible to break off a big trout using these set ups
  11. Toro Tamer sold by Charkbait on WC one of the very best lines I've used not cheapest but good quality !
  12. The common snell can be used on a short dropper loop , the standard dropper loop when correctly tied is a standard for bottom fisherman and the choice for heavy leader use since u can just loop to loop for hook changes . U can snell hooks to short droppers to enhance their ability to stand off running leader but this rig does or allow for quick hook changes . This other knot is far to time consuming for any bottom fishing applications that I require and the standard dropper or Grand Banks rig works fine for any local applications . This other knot that was pictured is possibly stronger but not warranted for most local fisheries I mistook the original knot for a typical snell that I have used in the past but gave up in favor of Grand Banks , however if u encounter many undesirables on the wrecks you will quickly switch back,to,dropper to allow for quick hook change , since they will destroy any fancy tied rig .
  13. It's a snelled dropper u simply snell hook to loop u can nail it as well , this rig like the Grand Banks snell does not permit quick lure changes
  14. If u approach the repairs of an outdated model with a little busines acumen they will try to accommodate your needs if the reel was a higher priced model !
  15. All small,stream trout fly rods should be loaded with DT lines like stated two lines for price of one plus their tapers load a short Rod quicker for in close presentations ! Cortland 333 great lines for money