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  1. Sidelock, High sticking (that broke the rod in that video) doesn't need handling the rod from the blank, extended handle or fighting handle. Some rods are more prone to this failure than others. The rod in the video snapped more than a foot from where the guy was holding the blank.
  2. A friend of mine had a knot on his fly line when he was fighting a 50lb YFT. The fish was handlined for a while and it was really easy compared to lifting the fish with TFO Bluewater Mediun Duty rod. I like by lower sections soft and bendy, but strong for fish fighting. The butt sections’ stiffness need is more from casting side, too soft and casting is horrible. Here I have lifted, using a rod that is softish in the lower sections, a bucket that weighs over 26lb
  3. I am actually with Oakman on this. But you can’t fight the fish in a conventional way - you really need and can only point at the fish. With flats stuff that works. With sounding fish that you need to pump up, it doesn’t. Handlining is super efficient pulling a fish in, with a reel it is almost as good, but the negative is that you don’t have time to release the handle when the fish takes off during reeling in. That’s because since you can’t let the rod move closer to pointing the fish as and delay reel spin as the rod is already pointing at the fish. So, can be done on flats, but I’d get a dual mode reel. Regarding ShortStix, go for it if you like casting it in the conditions where you would be chasing GTs.
  4. Just the normal lifespan of a rod series (due to sales dropping sales rate after release, often this is around 5 years). Basically this rod series was started with TCR. It was followed by TCX, then Method and the current series is Igniter. Back in the day, I did not have enough dough to get TCR 9’ for 5wt line. Instead I bought Dan Craft’s Five Rivers FT 9’ for 5wt line. It is faster (more tip actioned) and stiffer. But I like it with true 5wt line overhead casting when fishing. For speys I liked 6.5wt more. The same stiffness with medium fast action would have been completely different thing. But very fast I can use with light lines also. Nowadays I don’t bother to fish trout any more and thus the FT is my trout distance competition rod.
  5. Herb, I use short rods for boat fishing. For me, they are brilliant. The short end of my rod range is below 8’. These short rods are for lines from #9 to 500gr Rio Leviathan. The elevation that comes from standing on a boat, for me makes the 9’ not necessary. And I cast about the same distance with any reasonable rod length. And if a lot of casting is needed, then the shorter one is less tiring for me. I know that people have very different preferences in many matters, but this is mine in this issue. I may not be your average caster thou.
  6. The line has been said to be threat and we had to check additional bag after being rejected from the security control in Barcelona airport. I guess shoe laces should also be checked. Idiotic stuff. I always have my stuff in checked baggage nowadays.
  7. Self amalgamating tape is also used.
  8. I have seen remarkably small progress in rods, especially when considering how long carbon fiber rods have been around. And I try to push them to the limit, especially when doing competition casting. Nowadays it just so much tougher to find really bad rods. So the spectrum has became much more narrow. I am still dumbfounded by how light and powerful and old B&W Walker Powerlite 16’ #9-11 rod is. It runs circles around most current rods and it is from very early carbon fiber era. I have heard rumours that back in the day the good stuff was available and nowadays it is military and such that consume all of it and rod business can’t get their hands on it. But this is conpletely hearsay.
  9. I’ve used thick, but now transferring to flex as it doesn’t mind if it hits the boat or engine in a cast.
  10. Charltons made from titanium were 5000+ back in 1993. Now, if you can find one, they are much much more. Would I buy one? No. Titanium is heavier than aluminium, which gets the job done and Mako is better (albeit very expensive). Of a fishing rod I am not willing to pay very much.
  11. Go with tropical running line. Joint to the head (can be of cold water stuff, does not matter) by whipping joint (or welding if both are urethane).
  12. The UV torches are in the UVA range, and at the the mid to longer wavelength of that. Some info on the safety of UV.
  13. Solarez for me. I have couple of torches, including the one HillTop shared that I bought from the big Chinese site where companies sell to consumers. The only thing is that with the thick formula one must be careful not to torch too long -> heat too much if using foils to make surf candies.
  14. No knot is 100%. You always create some stress peaks compared to line without knots. With hollow lines you do the normal splice and get 100%. With other braids you can do this ”splice” and have 100% loop.