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About spoonplugger1

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  1. I use a spinning reel, virtually zero learning curve, pitches further, I see no downside.
  2. I've caught a lot of pike swimming, or jigging a simple bass jig. You'll bycatch pike and pickerel on everything you throw for every other species.
  3. Good advise here 10 wt. Isn't as powerful as you might think, a 12 wt. is similar in power to a medium power steelhead rod rated for 8 to 12 lb. line, 3/4 oz. Max lure weight.
  4. I built a rod with a Maniform grip maybe 30 years ago, it is a comfortable grip, but locks your hand in one position all day. The Ritz/Gordon grip style allows you to reposition your hand, even slightly, which changes the diameter and feel, it helps me refresh my cramped hand over a long day of fishing. The Fenwick/Western also allows a bit of repositioning while keeping some of the things that make the Full Wells so popular. Angler's Workshop may still sell the Maniform grip.
  5. My MH G Loomis inshore rod was built prior to the introduction of braid (pre1994) and did/does just fine with 7 mm running guides and tip top. When it did come out the first available to me was 35 lb. Tuffline with a black thread wove through it. Did fine with that too.
  6. You are 90 degree twist fitting it right?
  7. So it didn't have to be 2 piece and packable for hiking? Let me know how your blank casts, they weren't designed for that and earlier tries I did kind of sucked. St. Croix was selling their 42 inch rod that Rod Geeks developed, in a pack bag with fishing pliers and other stuff for $75 just a while ago. Vids on the internet.
  8. Use straight 4, or 6 lb. mono, I have no idea how I caught those 1000s of trout before they invented braid, or fluoro. Use a limber mono, or copolymer.
  9. My 20+ year old Litespeed 2s and 4 have never jammed in any way. They see Alaska every year, Washington/Oregon the rest, bass, and trout to 30 inches on the twos, salmon, steelhead, pike, spey etc. on the 4. They ain't pretty being the original grey finish, show some scabs, and they are tender to abuse, but they work. Love my Sage 3500. The Nautilus G 7/8, or 8/9 are great reels at any price, as are the Galvin Torques. I know an old gentleman that has gotten good service from upper end Pfleugers and Orvis Battenkills, lots of good reels out there, G Loomis sold a strange champagne colored reel 20+ years ago that had a lot of fans, they were $100 reels.
  10. United Composites DHX blanks are about the most durable all graphite blanks I've used. Thrasher may make a blank or two, they are expanding all the time.
  11. They have the covid restrictions on the amount of people you can put back to work and a sustained shortage of graphite materials, the Texas winter storm really jacked things up in the chemical industry, it isn't pretty out there for any kind of graphite/ epoxy production and the big customers get first dibs, fishing rods use very little of the market share in composites.
  12. Lamiglas doesn't sell that blank, shipping is to prohibitive. You'd have to buy a bunch of them all at once to help share the shipping, that is if they were available. If you bought 25 they may help you, the usual special order when I bought years ago.
  13. The Cardinal 3 is a long favorite for steelhead fishing, much to big for ultralight.
  14. Lamson and Sage are from the same company, Redington also used to be have no idea now though. They wouldn't have to have far to find the experience necessary to make nice rods, the integrated reel has also been done before by Sage/Lamson years ago. Believe it was the SPL rod lineup.
  15. Understand this is all for looks, the rod, reel, and line will all work just as well if you're perfect, or off by a little, or a lot. You could put a 540° spiral in the rod and it would still work fine, been done before.