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  1. Slowpoke: I think you would be happy with the Shimano Tiralejo 10.5ft (1-4oz) surf spinning rod, mated with an Ultegra 5500 CI4+XTC, which retrieves 41 inches of line per handle crank. Hard to tell from the Shimano USA site, but I believe this reel has X-protect, which protects it from spray, but is not submersible. I am assuming that you have some balance issues, and therefore will not want to wade into the surf. Below is a review from the fisherman magazine, which gives more info on the reel specs than Shimano's website. Hope this helps. SHIMANO ULTEGRA CI4+ XTC REELS Added to their line-up of surf-specific products, the all new Shimano Ultegra CI4 XTC reels were designed for long-distance casting applications in the crashing surf of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. By Toby Lapinski Casting distance doesn’t matter when surf fishing until it does. By this I mean that average casting distance is just fine for most average scenarios, but the moment you see fish breaking outside of your range then you will immediately know why Shimano has put so much effort into perfecting its long distance casting surf system. Added to their line-up of surf-specific products this winter is the all new Shimano Ultegra CI4 XTC reels, offered in both 5500 and 14000 size models. To handle the surf, salt and the abuse from big fish, both reels offer a combination of CI4+ construction, X-Protect and Shimano’s HAGANE Gear. The CI4+ material is light and rigid, providing all-day fishing comfort. Shimano’s X-Protect feature is a ‘labyrinth design’ three-lipped rubber seal system that offers exceptional water resistance without sacrificing light gear and rotor rotation feel. Shimano’s cold-forged aluminum Hagane gear offers both strength and smoothness, providing anglers the power needed when hooked into a 50-pound-plus striper. Both the Ultegra CI4+ 5500 XTC and 14000 XTC feature large diameter long stroke spools to retrieve up to 41 inches per crank. On the larger 14000, Shimano also includes its ‘Super Slow 5’ oscillation system creating perfect line lay and allows line to leave the spool perfectly. “Anglers will notice how Super Slow 5 oscillation puts them within range whether it’s targeting big stripers in the Cape Cod Canal, working the beach at Hatteras, or casting past the breakers for tarpon and snook,” said Shimano surf-fishing expert Roy Leyva. With a 5.3:1 gear ratio, the Ultegra CI4+ 5500 has the spool capacity to handle up to 270 yards of 40-pound test PowerPro, or 315 yards of 12-pound mono. The 4.3:1 gear ratio 14000 size can pack on 460 yards of 50-pound PowerPro, or 440 yards of 16-pound mono. If you need a new rod to pair up with your Ultegra CI4+ reel, then look no further than Shimano’s Tiralejo rods. The 5500 is a perfect match for either the 9’6” or 10’6” models, while the 1400 is a good fit on the 10’ and 12’ medium heavy power, and medium heavy and heavy power 11’ rods. The 5500 retails for $319.99, and the 14000 retails for $339.99
  2. Mike: I remember the first rod a shop tried to sell me down in Hatteras was the Century WR300 - I told them I wasn't going to fish with a rod that felt like I could use it to lift up my truck. I ended up with a St Croix Premier Graphite 12ft that casts 6-16oz and an All Star Graphite 13ft 2inch that cast 4-12oz. I would have a lot more money if I had stopped there, but I went to my first SportCast USA Polar Bear Tournament and got bit by the bug. I did still show some constraint in terms of blank selection - I figured my original back doctor was right, and my competition abilities would be limited, but I could none the less learn good LC technique first hand from the SportCast members. Accordingly, I selected Century and ZZiplex Blanks whose listed primary use was LC fishing, so I ended up with a Blackbird, Primo Synchro 13ft and V-Max F2 14ft blank for my LC builds. Between those multi-purpose blanks and my limited rotation ability, I never did progress beyond 525ft, and that was with 100 and 125 grams. Anything heavier in an OTG or Pendulum made my back scream at me. Eventually, and much sooner than I would have liked, I lost the ability to walk down field to wind in to the sinker, as well as losing the ability to drive out-of-state to tournaments in VA, MD or NC. To be honest Mike, I have been building rods since 1981, and the only factory built surf rods I have are the Shimano Tiralejo in 10.5, 11ft and 12ft. I got these at very good used or new "clearance" prices, and I find they are a good rod for guests to use, as they are much easier to load than most of my Carbon European Blanks, and I wont be real upset if they get broken. I've already modified my 12 and 11ft Tiralejo's, and know my 1st winter project will be to strip and rebuild the 10.5ft rod, as I would prefer a NGC layout, vice the 5 or 6 K-Guides currently on the rods. The reason I suggested factory rods to KK and Ivan was that they do not seem to be looking to either build a custom or to have one built. By the way, since I can no longer lock a multiplier with any weight above 3oz using my right thumb, I actually cast weight and bait off the beach low reel using my left hand, and then reposition the reel high for retrieving/fighting a fish. To do this I either have 2 Fuji Plate type reel seats wound on or a Century Sliding reel seat. The relocation is a pain, so I only do this with bait fishing, and any plugging over 3oz is done with a heavy (2-5oz) LC carbon rod.
  3. In the years before Superstorm Sandy, we had cuts in the bar, troughs along the beach, and pockets next to the jettys and breakwaters. Somewhere around the mid point of the dropping tide, the peanut bunker would be in the pockets, and the bass and bluefish would strike in a circular pattern, entering the path via the bar cut, following the trough perpendicular to the beach to the parallel trough, slamming the bunker in the pocket, and exiting along the jetty/breakwater, to return again thru the bar cut. this was a fly fisherman's dream. Once the tide got close to low, the bass and blues hung outside the bar until enough water depth was achieved by the flood tide. Once the flood tide built up close to peak, the peanut bunker escaped the pocket. Then we would get something to eat, maybe nap in the truck, and come back for the next dropping tide/rising tide cycle. My bet is I will never see such fishing again in my lifetime...
  4. Mike: Above are the statements you made that most folks involved today in LC fishing would consider dated. I respond in corresponding numbered paragraphs: Italcanna rods from Italy are taking the distance competition and LC fishing world by storm - from their website: 02/12/2019 - CASTING WORLD RECORD - Filippo MONTEPAGANO - 281,19 m (922,5 ft) - 150g(5,3 oz) with ITALCANNA Vector. MOST WANTED RESULT in the most desired weight class, 150 g (5,3 oz). Filippo Montepagano Pretoria (south Africa) 2019 February 12. Good results in the same for the other athlete of our team like Matteo Monti with 259m. In the US, a large portion of the competitors with the Carolina Surf Casters Association cast high reel and achieve very respectable distances, especially when applied to their LC fishing on the Outer Banks and AI. I've attached a video from their April 2019 tournament: Also, Donny Moeskops set the World Fixed Spool (Spinning) Record with a 15ft Century Carbon Metal Blackbird. Below is a list of his Records, Multiplier (low reel) and Fixed Spool, on the USKF board: UKSF - All Comers Records 50g Multiplier - 0.25mm 209.63m Danny Moeskops October '09 Fixed Spool - 0.25mm 199.03m Danny Moeskops September '17 75g Multiplier - 0.25mm 220.18m Danny Moeskops July '04 Fixed Spool - 0.25mm 235.05m Danny Moeskops September '17 100g Multiplier - 0.25mm 262.26m (0.28mm) Danny Moeskops April '06 Fixed Spool - 0.25mm 258.84m (0.25mm) Danny Moeskops October '09 125g Multiplier - 0.28mm 273.54m Danny Moeskops May '10 Fixed Spool - 0.28mm 256.93m Danny Moeskops April ,08 150g Multiplier - 0.31mm 278.96m Danny Moeskops August '04 Fixed Spool - 0.31mm 256.26m Danny Moeskops April '08 175g Multiplier - 0.35mm 276.58m Danny Moeskops August '04 Fixed Spool - 0.35mm ? Tommy Farmer was quite capable of achieving 500ft with 8oz and a large Bunker Chunk on a Slap-Shot Rig using high reel conventional and a Hatteras Cast ( I have attached his video to other threads, so I won't do it again here). Also, I have personally seen both Reelin' Rod and Connman achieve very impressive 600ft+ distances with their LC spinning high reel setups While I agree that the full tournament ZZiplex Blanks are not great fish fighting rods, mostly because the large wall thickness of the butt, they have developed several "Match" rods for the Beach in recent years. As for Century, they actualyl list the Blackbird as a fishing rod, stating specifically that it is not a tournament rod. On a personal note, I can say that I have no complaints, vis-à-vis NE USA surf fishing suitability of the ZZiplex Primo Synchro, ZZiplex V_max F2 (now discontinued), Century Blackbird, Century Slingshot, Century Stealth, Shimano Tiralejo and Daiwa Tournament Ballistic rods. I no longer think it necessary to build your own to get a rod for LC fishing - Gerrys Fishing in the UK has some beautiful looking built ZZiplex rods on their site, Advanced Fishing USA has built Century's in almost all their models, Carolina Cast Pro offers Tommy Famer's blanks built, and Daiwa USA offers the Tournament Ballistic rods fully built as well.
  5. I suggested the Daiwa Tournament Ballistic models 35-405 and 40-405 because you said you wanted to cast 6-10oz. I do not believe in loading a rod to it's rated limit, and 10oz is the rated limit of the 33-405. Also, I have no idea of the weight of your bait, so I left a margin for that as well. The Daiwa AU site does not provide information on the material of the blank so I cannot for certain make a direct comparison between the AU and USA models - I suggest you contact Daiwa AU directly, but have the detailed information from the USA site in hand before you call. I have no idea what someone can achieve in terms of distance with this rod, especially with bait. Even if you bought the Carolina Cast Pro rod that Tommy achieves 500ft with, that does not mean that you or I could achieve the same distance. I am fairly confident in stating that what I can achieve with the rods that I own, as I have had opportunity to cast on a measured field. If you are looking for distance guarantees, you need to find a different pursuit. Part of the fun for me is always trying to better my casts, in spite of my disabilities. I suggest you look at fishing as a fun hobby - just buy something you like and practice with it until you feel like you have gotten every bit of distance that you can get with the rod.
  6. Slowpoke: While not as bad as Parkinson's in terms of speed of progression, I have Entrapped Nerve (exiting the Lumbar and Cervical Spine) Sensory and Motor Peripheral Polyneuropathy, which affects my arm and leg function. As regards my hand function, my solution is to have, for a given fishing rod type (for example, a 10 -10.5 ft rod rated 1-4oz) three different setups - left hand retrieve spinning, left hand retrieve conventional and right hand retrieve conventional. I have not yet had a need for right hand retrieve spinning...I take a lot of S*** from people for carrying so many outfits in my Buggy, but my friends know why I do it. To accommodate the leg sensory/motor issues, I stick to "solid ground fishing" from the shore, i.e., flat locations along the Point Pleasant Canal, Piers jutting into the Barnegat Bay, and the beach. On the beach, I never wade in, as I learned the hard way that lacking sensation of the ground in your feet does not lend itself to recovery after being hit by a wave any higher than mid-calf. I do wade in behind IBSP, but I converted a ski pole to a wadding staff to prevent stepping in the wrong area. I find that this is therapeutic for my constant leg pain, and the water pressure reduces the edema that is a side effect of the anti-spasmodic Rx I am on. Since 2005, I have learned to Long Cast from the flat sand, only going down the sloped sand to release a fish. Also, my shortest surf rod is 10.5 feet, and all my surf rods have a stout butt that doubles as a cane, and a hook keeper for the lure when I use the rod as such (prevents snagging the leg). I find that Carbon Fiber Blanks provide the best but configuration for my needs, as they have a high strength to diameter ratio, as compared to graphite or graphite composite. Rods/Blanks I use that are still in production are ZZiplex, Century (Slingshot Series), and Shimano Tiralejo. I'm sure there are others suitable for my "dual use", but I only make recommendations based on personal use. I find the Century and Shimano rods to be light enough in the hand for plugging, as well. In terms of spinning reels, I have found that the Daiwa BG (4000 and 5000 only), Shimano Ultegra and Van Staal VR series are light enough to allow for sufficient time plugging before I have to change the loading on my right hand. I divested myself of all my comparatively heavy Penn and Van Staal VS series reels, as my hand would go numb very quickly, and I can no longer feel braid in the dark, so manual pickups have been replaced by Manual Close Bails. Note that although the Ultegra's have a slow to super slow oscillation, their line pickup per handle turn is significant. In terms of conventional reels, I use the Shimano Calcutta B and Cardiff (left Hand retrieve) level wind reels, and the Daiwa Millionaire Tournament M7HT Mag Surf Reel. Not sure of the Shimano retrieve ratios, but the Daiwa is 5.8 - 1. Some final tips - reduce your plugs to one belly hook and one tail hook - I currently use a treble on the belly and a single Siwash or Inline hook on the tail, and a single hook on all my metals. I have also, for years, crushed all my barbs right out of the package ( artificial and bait hooks), as I stick myself with hooks with a frequency that would be perhaps alarming to others. Also, it is extremely important to stay current with your tetanus shots. Hope this helps.
  7. Answer depends on the structure of the beach and you casting ability in terms of distance. The further you can cast, the less at the mercy of the tide you will be.
  8. Shimano LC reels have the body parallel to the rod, vice inclined downward like your 6500SSVI. This makes them very sensitive to the location/size of the stripper guide and the choke point guide. Without you providing your guide type and layout distances/sizes, no real input can be given.
  9. Ivan - I looked at the Daiwa Australia site and they have the Saltiga Ballistic Surf series, which I can say, having built the 33-40513ft 3inch model for a friend, and cast it, is an excellent choice for distance, and most importantly, can withstand a Hatteras, OTG and "fishing" pendulum cast. Use the search function, and you will find at least two other threads in which I have posted tutorial YouTube videos for these casts. Also, Daiwa has, on their site, under "stores", locations where you can shop for their gear.
  10. On my surf or inlet plugging CS reels I use 30lb Power Pro or Suffix Performance Braid with a mono shock leader spliced on with Power Pro Hollow Ace (see their YouTube videos for how-to). On my surf or inlet plugging CT reels, I increase to 50lb Suffix Performance braid, as it wears less on my thumb while leveling the line - same shock leader splice. In the Point Pleasant Canal, which involves hevy jigging over rocks, I go to straight 65lb Power Pro without a shock leader, as required casting distance is 75ft max.
  11. Marty, Welcome to old school, vis-à-vis Joan Wulff, the first female champion distance Fly Caster, and the device she developed for her students not to break, or snap their wrists. I learned side arm double haul from Left Kreh and Mike Corbliss, and back before cervical stenosis screwed up my right thumb, I regularly hit 100ft casts w/o breaking my wrist - plenty for catching stripers, blues, etc.
  12. Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics' argument Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky 8 hrs ago Global warming skeptics sometimes say rising temperatures are just another naturally occurring shift in Earth's climate, like the Medieval Warm Period of the years 800 to 1200 or the Little Ice Age, a period of cooling that spanned from roughly 1300 to 1850. But a pair of studies published Wednesday provides stark evidence that the rise in global temperatures over the past 150 years has been far more rapid and widespread than any warming period in the past 2,000 years — a finding that undercuts claims that today's global warming isn't necessarily the result of human activity. "The familiar maxim that the climate is always changing is certainly true," Scott St. George, a physical geographer at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said in a written commentary about the studies. "But even when we push our perspective to the earliest days of the Roman Empire, we cannot discern any event that is remotely equivalent — either in degree or extent — to the warming over the last few decades." Since the beginning of the 20th century, the global average temperature on Earth has risen by about 2 degrees Fahrenheit. A consensus of climate scientists pins the increase primarily on the burning of fossil fuels, which spews carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the air. In the absence of concerted efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations says, the global average temperature could rise an additional 5.4 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. One of the studies, published in the journal Nature, shows that the Little Ice Age and other natural fluctuations affected only limited regions of the planet at a time, making modern warming the first and only planetwide warm period in the past two millennia. The other study, published in Nature Geoscience, shows that the rate of modern warming has far outpaced changes that occurred before the rise of the industrial era. For the research, a team led by Raphael Neukom, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern's Institute of Geography in Switzerland, analyzed 2,000 years' worth of climate data. In the absence of direct temperature information — thermometer measurements were scarce before the middle of the 19th century — the scientists looked at data on old trees' growth rings, layers of glacier ice and the remnants of corals, whose layers have different chemical compositions depending on the temperature of seawater. The Nature study mapped the temperature fluctuations across the planet, finding, for example, that the Little Ice Age didn't affect the whole world at once. Temperatures bottomed out in the Pacific Ocean around 1500, the scientists found; Europe and North America didn't fully chill out for another two centuries. The same pattern was observed for the higher temperatures seen during the Medieval Warm Period. The researchers found that less than half of the planet felt the heat at once. The research indicates that during the current period of warming, more than 98 percent of the Earth's surface has experienced record high temperatures. The finding shows just how dramatically today's global rise in temperatures differs from previous periods of temperature change, the scientists said. "What we show is that these periods aren't globally coherent as previously thought," said Nathan Steiger, a climate scientist at Columbia University in New York City and a co-author of the Nature study. The current period of warming "stands in stark contrast" to today's warming, he added, calling it "a globally coherent warm period that is very different from what we see in the past." For the Nature Geoscience study, the researchers charted global temperature averages over time, and then compared the data to a set of climate simulations to figure out what might have driven the changes. Neukom and his colleagues found that the fastest warming in the last two millennia occurred during the second half of the 20th century. The researchers also found that the main cause of temperature fluctuations changed over time. Prior to 1850, fluctuations were mainly linked to volcanic eruptions, which cooled the planet by spewing sun-blocking ash into the stratosphere; after 1850, greenhouse gas emissions took the wheel. "It's exciting to see studies like this that combine rigorous statistics with huge databases to make clear conclusions about past climate change," said Gabriela Serrato Marks, a graduate student in paleoclimatology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who wasn't involved in the new research. Marks said some of the records the researchers used could contain inaccuracies, adding that subsequent research could benefit from more robust data. "Future studies will be strengthened even more with data from the Southern Hemisphere and more high-resolution data," she said. Jennifer Hertzberg, a paleoclimatologist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, who wasn't involved in the research, called the study "very important" and praised its use of multiple statistical methods to reconstruct temperature change over time. She urged the public to take the results to heart. "The global temperatures that we're seeing now are higher than they have been in the last 2,000 years," she said. "What we're seeing now is uncharted territory. It's time for everybody to wake up and make changes now."
  13. For those of you that do not know, I am a lifelong conservationist (and Republican) who has supported various related organizations that take tangible actions to protect wild lands and animals. I also spent 32 years as an Engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command, and my wife did the same for 25 years. In her case, she spent a significant part of her career as an Environmental Engineer, ensuring that the Navy's aviation equipment met the specifications/regulations that prevented harm to the environment. In determining which conservation organizations to support, our model of comparison was the Nature Conservancy, which uses funds to acquire lands for the purpose of protecting them from development, deforestation, etc., as opposed to some organizations whose mission is to "educate the public". Accordingly, back around 2012 I became a life member of Trout Unlimited, even though, due to my disabilities, I will likely never in my lifetime wade a stream to fish for Trout. On to the purpose of my post - I received this e-mail today (from Meghan Barker, Save Bristol Bay <mbarker@tu.org>), and thought to ask members here to join in the fight to save Bristol Bay from the Pebble mine, as it is becoming increasingly clear that the EPA, as well as the ACOE, is moving in the opposite direction. Thank you in advance to any SOL members that chose to take action. Dear Bristol Bay-loving friends, Summer has been a rollercoaster up here in Alaska. The highs: · Nearly 700,000 of you submitted official comments opposing Pebble's plans and the inadequate process to review their key permit. · The Bristol Bay fishery is having another banner year. As of July 21st, over 41 million sockeye salmon had been harvested, bringing it close to the record-books once again. The low: Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled back protections for Bristol Bay that were outlined in the 2014 Proposed Determination. Withdrawing the Proposed Determination is purely a political move - it ignores peer-reviewed science, millions of public comments, and a process that is intended to safeguard the people, jobs, and fish of Bristol Bay. These protections are the reason most people thought that the Pebble mine was no longer a threat. Today, those protections are gone. Click here to read more about the Proposed Determination and how the Save Bristol Bay coalition has responded to this irresponsible and dangerous rollback of protections. Right now, Bristol Bay is at grave risk by Pebble mine. Today’s announcement requires us all to stay engaged and turn to our decision makers to advocate for the people, fish, and fish-based industries in Bristol Bay. Here’s what you can do: Take a moment to write your elected decision makers and tell them to stand up to this sham process and defend Bristol Bay! We appreciate you sticking with us as we continue to fight for what we know is right: Pebble does not have a place in Bristol Bay. Stay tuned for next steps. Sincerely, Meghan and the Save Bristol Bay team
  14. Yeah, and now, due to the "hoax" of global warming (as so many of my fellow SOL'ers assert) People are being forced to relocate out of formerly frozen Permafrost areas of Alaska, Canada and far northern Russia, as houses and roads are sinking, formerly grown crops no longer do, and animals that indigenous peoples (especially in Russia) hunted for sustenance no longer graze locally. But on the plus side, they are able to get $16,000.00 by selling, to the Chinese, a single tusk of Woolly Mammoth's that were buried under the Permafrost for 10,00years, Thought I would add that last part for those of you who refute the legitimacy of GW data going back 2000 years (referencing my OP) that support the contention that this warming cycle is very much more far reaching than those prior, going back to the Roman empire. You can Google the Permafrost melting situation, I got most of my info from the weather channel, a notoriously left slanted, vice scientific, organization. Sorry if I seem aggravated by the majority of the responses- as a fisherman and outdoorsman, I take my love, and therefore care for the environment, and the animals that inhabit it, as a higher priority than any Partisan alliances. If you look at 2nd post, you will see that I do not support the New Green Deal. I also do not support Wind Farms, especially land based, even though many of the conservation organizations I support do. My objection is the specification for the allowable number of bird, especially Large Raptor, deaths. I also believe that the shut down of the Oyster Creek nuclear plant, vice its modernization, was an extremely stupid decision that was driven by Partisan Politics, vice sound engineering data. It is amazing to me that France has for years had a fantastic nuclear energy program, but the United States is incapable of the same. Really ironic when you consider that we sold them the vast majority of the technology for their nuclear powered Aircraft Carrier. Finally, I very much support Solar as a renewable energy source, and believe that, if the government had their act together, every 2 story (and higher) house would have maximum Solar Panel coverage installed, in a government subsidized program. The fact that some states have gotten into bed with the energy utilities, and therefore prohibit homeowners from having a Solar Panel installation size that would result in energy being sold to the utility demonstrates the fact that Politicians are not really serious about solving climate issues that will impact future generations that have already been born.
  15. Wow - very disappointing turnout so far - have we really gone so far down the Partisan Politics rabbit hole that Conservative members on this site put the conservation of our national treasures in the S***can if it is so directed? Last I checked, this is a Democracy, and we are not mandated to absolute conformance to positions dictated out of Washington, DC.
  16. Last time I saw gators blitzing the IBSP Beach in NJ was spring of 2016. Last time there was consistent Stripers (i.e., at least 1 20lb+ each night) in the Point Pleasant Canal in NJ was 2006. Last time I was actually able to catch 4 keeper Bass in on night in the PP Canal was Fall of 2016. And I can and do get input from a slew of Canal and surf folks that confirm my experiences as their own.
  17. And to think at one time I wanted to move to Mass after retirement...... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/over-150-great-white-sharks-spotted-off-coast-of-vacation-spot-cape-cod/ar-AAFeG9u?ocid=spartandhp
  18. The Daiwa Saltist Level Wind is a tank of a reel with a clicker, floating spool (i.e., when in free spool) and a star drag. I use the size 30 with 65lb Power Pro when fishing the Point Pleasant Canal here in NJ (mostly bouncing lead, but Big Gibbs Darters and Northbar Bottle Darters come into play if and when big bunker, mullet or herring show up). For reservoir fishing, I would suggest the 20 size. I installed fixed mags for cast control, as the reel has no brakes whatsoever.
  19. Yeah but this one of a big girl over the shallow white sand really drives home that it is their turf, we're just trespassing at our own risk.
  20. I do not know - my USA reels have a lifetime warrantee, even with me doing the self service, that was grandfathered by Zebco, since I am the original owner, so I will not do anything to risk that warrantee. I know the Lubriplate/gear oil combination will not damage my China VS150. I did not know that VR lube is different than VS lube.....
  21. My USA VS reels self service kit from Reel Ventures LLC (2nd gen owners in Hopedale MA) used the above in and around the pinion gear, and Castrol 90W gear oil in the reservoir (in the body) beneath the main shaft. The China made seals are the same design as the originals, so I still use this to this day. All of the early W.C. Bradley (parent corp. of Zebco) reels that I recently sold used the same. I happen to like this because I immediately know when the Quad Seal needs to be replaced. When I run out of my current tube of grease (came with the self service kit for my China made VS150), I will use the same internally in the China Made VS150 as well. Anyone have input in terms of using just the Lubriplate in the VR's (I have a 175 and 200). Can't think of an Engineering based reason why not to, the seals should be of the same composition as the VS (I heard they do not use a shaft quad seal?)..
  22. What you are specifically looking for was Woven Body Tubing in Natural Pearl, from Spirit River, Inc., which went out of business a couple of years ago. I believe they were bought out by Umpqua Feather Merchants, but don't quote me. For their part, in the same time period, Umpqua had a Flashabou Minnow Body, as did Hedron, Inc., and Small Fry, Inc in Florence MA had Side/Llights Body Scale. Good luck in your search.
  23. Thought I would provide images of the kind of Sand Spikes Conrad is referring to in his 2nd paragraph. 1st one on the left has ease of set up in that it can be stepped into the sand. 2nd can be better for the shrink tube rod handle, since it has a cup for the rod butt, but requires a rubber mallet to pound it dqwn into the sand 2-21/2 feet. If you do a Google image search, you will be able to find sources, comercial links are not allowed on SOL. Also, be sure to set your drag loose on the Ultegra if it has "Rapid Drag".
  24. Just in case you think that your naysayer comments are in lock step with any and every true Republican.....When you read the article below, try to pay attention to the citations (i.e., quotes and their source) in the article, as opposed to setting your hair on fire over which "Enemy of the People" publication it was printed in. A generalized response to some of the responses to my OP article: Perhaps my view of Fisherman as Conservationists, regardless of Political Party affiliation, is naively idealistic. If you do indeed prescribe to my view, but feel politically inclined to deny, in its entirety, the significance of climate change, I suggest you consider how any one element of an ecological system can skew without affecting all other elements the system, in particular, the food chain. Do you really think that Salmonids, for example, will survive if their environment gets hot enough to melt the existing ice systems and permafrost in the world? Regardless of whether or not you believe that emissions of Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide and Methane from man made sources are the "ignition source" of the current, largest scale (in 4000 years of history) warming trend, it is completely contrary to sound science to deny that these emissions have any effect on the environment. If you accept this premise of System Management, then it stands to reason that reasonable measures to reduce this source of emissions are a step in the right direction. I for one do not believe that the "Green Deal" meets the standard of reasonableness. I also think that the elimination of pollution standards on Power Plants and Motor Vehicles is likewise not reasonable. If the Navy can convert F-18E/F fighters to fly on Bio-Fuel, are we really believing that USA private industry cannot achieve an equal or better pollution reduction goal? I am also really tired of hearing the excuse that "we are less polluting than China, India, etc.". Pardon my French, but who gives a Rat's A**? Since when do we, with a history of being the World Leader in technological advances, measure ourselves against a country that slaughtered students protesting for Democratic reforms? What we should be focused on is exploiting the opportunity to technologically revolutionize the energy industry. Finally, as a retired Navy Engineer who spent the better part of 32 years in R&D programs involving scientists from the academic world, I know for a fact that the vast majority of University research funding comes from the U.S Government, not, as stated in some of the replies, from private interest groups with a political agenda, Therefore, unless someone presents me with facts (and citations) to the opposite, I will believe the research results stated in my OP article. In addition, as someone with extensive graduate education and post-graduate work in statistics, I assure you that even a politically conservative professor of Statistics would give an extremely low grade to any student that took the position that 4000 years of climate data, including that of paleontological origin, is inadequate to form a statistically based conclusion. Climate Could Be an Electoral Time Bomb, Republican Strategists Fear Lisa Friedman 3 hrs ago WASHINGTON — When election time comes next year, Will Galloway, a student and Republican youth leader at Clemson University, will look for candidates who are strong on the mainstream conservative causes he cares about most, including gun rights and opposing abortion. But there is another issue high on his list of urgent concerns that is not on his party’s agenda: climate change. “Climate change isn’t going to discriminate between red states and blue states, so red-state actors have to start engaging on these issues,” said Mr. Galloway, 19, who is heading into his sophomore year and is chairman of the South Carolina Federation of College Republicans. “But we haven’t been. We’ve completely ceded them to the left.” While Donald Trump has led the Republican Party far down the road of denying the scientific consensus of human-caused climate change, Mr. Galloway represents a concern among younger Republicans that has caught the attention of Republican strategists. In conversations with 10 G.O.P. analysts, consultants and activists, all said they were acutely aware of the rising influence of young voters like Mr. Galloway, who in their lifetimes haven’t seen a single month of colder-than-average temperatures globally, and who call climate change a top priority. Those strategists said lawmakers were aware, too, but few were taking action. “We’re definitely sending a message to younger voters that we don’t care about things that are very important to them,” said Douglas Heye, a former communications director at the Republican National Committee. “This spells certain doom in the long term if there isn’t a plan to admit reality and have legislative prescriptions for it.” President Trump has set the tone for Republicans by deriding climate change, using White House resources to undermine science and avoiding even uttering the phrase. Outside of a handful of states such as Florida, where addressing climate change has become more bipartisan, analysts said Republican politicians were unlikely to buck Mr. Trump or even to talk about climate change on the campaign trail at all, except perhaps to criticize Democrats for supporting the Green New Deal. That, several strategists warned, means the party stands to lose voters to Democrats in 2020 and beyond — a prospect they said was particularly worrisome in swing districts that Republicans must win to recapture a majority in the House of Representatives. The polling bears out Mr. Heye’s prediction of a backlash. Nearly 60 percent of Republicans between the ages of 23 and 38 say that climate change is having an effect on the United States, and 36 percent believe humans are the cause. That’s about double the numbers of Republicans over age 52. But younger generations are also now outvoting their elders. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, voters under the age of 53 cast 62.5 million votes in the 2018 midterm elections. Those 53 and older, by contrast, were responsible for 60.1 million votes. “Americans believe climate change is real, and that number goes up every single month,” Frank Luntz, a veteran Republican strategist, told a Congressional panel recently. He also circulated a memo to congressional Republicans in June warning that climate change was “a G.O.P. vulnerability and a G.O.P. opportunity.” A new Harvard University survey of voters under the age of 30 found that 73 percent of respondents disapproved of Mr. Trump’s approach to climate change (about the same proportion as those who object to his handling of race relations). Half the respondents identified as Republican or independent. “Here’s another gap between our party and younger voters,” said a recent report by a Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies. Speaking of younger Republicans, the firm concluded that “climate change is their most important issue” and called the numbers “concerning” for the party’s future. The full effect quite likely will not be felt until after the 2020 election cycle. President Trump’s campaign appears to have identified a strategy for winning re-election that relies on polarizing the electorate on issues like race, immigration and, it seems, climate change. But conservatives said the long term implications of that gambit were worrisome for the future of the party and the planet. “He gets to set the national platform,” Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center, a center-right research organization, said of Mr. Trump. But, he noted, “Every year that goes by, where people are going about their lives as if greenhouse gas emissions are a matter of very small concern, we make the problem worse for ourselves.” Mr. Galloway and 45 other young Republicans with the American Conservation Coalition, a group that advocates for conservative environmental policies, brought that message to Washington last month when they lobbied Congress to address greenhouse gas emissions with free-market solutions. “You can be skeptical of climate change all you want, but young people aren’t, and there’s no way conservatives are going to win elections if we don’t deal with climate change,” said Benjamin Backer, 21, the coalition’s founder and president. Mr. Backer said he was encouraged by Mr. Trump’s environmental speech on July 8 as well as recent moves among some Republicans in Congress to advance climate policies. But he also said changes were not occurring fast enough to lure his generation of environmentally conscious conservatives. “There’s a lot of people out there who would probably vote Republican if they knew there was a conservative agenda on climate change,” Mr. Backer said. Instead, he said, “They’re going to go to the Democratic Party, because that’s the only party that’s talking about the environment.” Mr. Trump’s core supporters say they’re not worried. Standing in the sweltering heat outside East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., last month as he waited for entry into a rally led by the president, Trey Bagley, 25, readily acknowledged climate science. But Mr. Bagley, a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves wearing a “Trump 2020, Make Liberals Cry Again” shirt said that did not make him a Democrat. “I completely agree that we’re offending the climate,” Mr. Bagley said. “But the solutions that are being introduced to fix it are going to drive us back into the Dark Ages.” He’s not alone in that belief. To illustrate that, Alex Flint, executive director of the Alliance for Market Solutions, a conservative nonprofit group that advocates for a carbon tax, hit play on a video of 11 Trump voters around a hotel conference table in Florida discussing climate change. Government can’t be trusted to solve climate change, the focus group agreed. But like Mr. Bagley, they also all agreed that climate change is real. “Republican orthodoxy is changing,” Mr. Flint said. “You’re safe saying you acknowledge climate change.” He said climate change is hardly a top-tier topic among even moderate Republicans. But he noted it is a key differential issue in swing districts that can either help a candidate win young, college educated and female voters, or lose them. “It’s a matter of honesty,” he said. “Voters believe it is happening, at the very least, they want their politicians to acknowledge reality.” Scott Jennings, a Republican consultant and a former campaign adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said 2020 candidates in different states would take various approaches to climate change, but he predicted that most would focus on simply attacking Democrats and the Green New Deal. Still, he said, “Someday Republicans are going to have to come up with some proposals that are responsive to these issues and, frankly, be more reasonable and more thoughtful.”
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