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  1. I’ve used thick, but now transferring to flex as it doesn’t mind if it hits the boat or engine in a cast.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Something to think about when itn comes to spine - it goes around the blank like a cork screw? So regardless of what we do, the rod is not stable in that sense through the length of the rod.
  8. I sourced them. The original ones are made from 0,4mm thick material. The stiffer ones I sourced are from 0,6mm thick material. Initially I went up this way by stacking more original washers, but using original number (2) of washers, but stiffer, is more elegant. Edit: the upgrade washers can be found from evilbay, for example titled: 10 Tellerfedern DIN 2093 Edelstahl 16X8,2X0,6 Material 1.4310 - disc springs
  9. Nope. All L5W and H5D reels have the same internal (active parts). Same shaft, same bearings, same clutch (=IAR/one way bearing) etc. When I bought my L5W 8twelve, I changed the drag setting to level 5 from the 4 on which it was when I got it. I have had it on level 5 ever since (for years, fishing for atlantic&pacific salmon, albies, tarpon etc) and my friends have had them for BFT (level 5 and thicker belleville washers = stiffer spring). No problem whatsoever with the drag. The limit on all these reels is the amount of compression applied to the drag since it is applied (like on many reels) through ball bearings in axial direction. And ball bearings are not designed to have high axial load, high radial load is generally not a problem. The fast detoriation level is easily observed, the reeling is not really smooth any more - then you have crossed the limit (not reached with original belleville washers). In my experience it is somewhere around 8-9kg where the smoothness starts to disappear. The factory delivery setting (activation of the drag washers) of the drag of L5W and H5D series is: Level 2: L5W 4seven Level 3: L5W 6nine Level 4: L5W 8twelve Level 5: H5D 9thirteen and H5D 11fourteen
  10. There are not really inaccurate rods (it would be quite hard to make a bad tracking rod by accident). Just inaccurate casts. All else is marketing BS.
  11. Perhaps you should try a neck gaiter with breathing holes?
  12. What are you fishing for? In my experience Danielsson is ok up to about 100lb tuna. My current setup is from 0,12kg to 6,5kg. Ok, I do have my Mako 9600B tweaked and it is something like 10-11kg (can’t remember exactly) at top end. Standard one is a bit over 6kg. With my older rods 4kg was on the limits with long fights and with 6kg holding on was the only option. Now I can use much more, but my rods are not the normal stuff.
  13. Up to about 6-7kg. But you need to change the belleville washers to ge that. With factory washers maybe 4-5kg.
  14. Nope. Danielsson will not lock down. I have tested the drag up to 11kg (with much stiffer springs to keep the low end usable for stripping line with ease). And already much lower max setting makes the ball bearings axially overloaded: the reeling in is not smooth anymore and using that high load on the bearing will make it spall fast.