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  1. I guess and then subtract 4 inches.
  2. Great question. I have integrated lines on standby. I know it'll be a rough transition. I will not tolerate a loop/loop handshake at 30'. If I can't trust the rigging, I can't bring it to the beach. I have spool of the new Cortland 30lb braided mono, and I'm sure they make a 50lb. It's probably worth looking into. I don't like the 30lb at all, but the 50lb might be OK.
  3. Finsport fly wallet.
  4. I have that or power pro hollow ace on all my reels. I have 40lb on my abel 11/12n, it took about 275yds. I don't think you'd be doing yourself any favors by using 100lb.
  5. It's not all that. I can't get too excited about pond fishing, even if there's a few tarpon back there. There's no hunt, no grind, it's just not the same.
  6. That's what I meant by nothing is diminished. A 1k isn't a UL. If that's what you think you need than that's what you should use, but do it because it makes sense, and not because of an assumption. When you're casting 1/16 - 1/8oz lures on 6lb braid, the weight of the lure, and how that lure tracks in the air are going to decide your distance. Change your line, find a lure that doesn't tumble, but the size of your spool isn't going to effect anything when your gear is scaled down. My 1k & 2k rigs cast further because I'm throwing heavier lures. They're pretty useless with 1/16oz. My 2k weighs double what my 500 is listed at. It's an entirely different class of reel.
  7. I make a rat for spring largemouth and fall musky. It casts fine as long as you build your leaders short and heavy. I've caught land locked snook on it too. I doubt the fish with notice if it has ears or not.
  8. You should. I use a 500 for peacocks and back yard tarpon, and nothing is diminished. Retrieve speed, sure. But that's about it. I have plenty of 1 & 2k reels as well, but none of them would balance well on that particular rod.
  9. I have a couple of those in 9 and 7wt just in case supply chain issues mess with my season again. I definitely prefer a full 30' head, but they are easy to mend over shore break. I still have a couple of the teeny sink tips stashed away somewhere, I'm even not sure if teeny is still in business, but those lines were handy. My intermediate stuff sees action in the Florida surf and the St. Lawrence River. My tropical lines are fine in 55 degree water.
  10. Someone told my uncle to use it to make his cast net more supple. It worked like a charm. Any flat mono/braided mono running line will perform better after a quick soak, and I have a live bait fisherman to thank for the tip.
  11. Some of these suggestions are the stuff of nightmares. A blind splice is a simple thing. No tools required other than a piece of #2 wire. It's stronger and cleaner than any knot. If you've never done it before, it might take you 5 minutes. This one is in my running line, but you get the idea. Dacron/HC spectra is much easier.
  12. I use 6lb suffix or 10lb invisibraid on all my light duty reels. Cortland master braid is softer, but I hate it. You might have a different opinion.
  13. The gudebrod 30lb braid was my all time favorite running line. They haven't made it in almost 15 years. The last few times I tried to buy some online, it was brittle from dry rot. I just gave up trying to get it. The old Cortland braided mono was fine, but they quit making that too. The new stuff they started making a couple of years ago was such a disappointment. Fewer carriers, loose weave. The stuff honestly never made it on to my reel. Same with airflo miracle braid, great stuff for light duty, so of course it's discontinued. I'll continue to bleed all over my SA braided PE mono for the time being. I'll be tarpon fishing in another month or so, and I cut and replace all my splices before every season on the beach. I'm terrible with a camera, but I'll put some effort into documenting the process when the time comes.
  14. From the #2 wire I use to splice it. When I worked in a shop I made the owner stop carrying it because I was tired of bleeding all over the place every time I had to splice a loop in this stuff. Don't get me wrong, it's worth it, I'm just not going to do it for anyone else. Soak it in lukewarm water for 20 minutes before you start rigging. If you're looking for absurd distance, once you've finished getting your rigging squared away, take a 5 gallon bucket and fill it halfway withwater. Add a tiny bit of liquid fabric softener, maybe 2 tablespoons, and stir it well. Strip your running line into the solution and let it soak for a couple minutes before rinsing it off. I like to leave myself a 15' section behind my shooting head untreated, so that part of my running line is easy to grip.
  15. It's amazing, but the rigging is a nightmare. It's a very, very tightly braided mono. I'll buy 4-5 at a time, cut them in half and rig them all. My hands might be healed up enough to fish in 4-5 days. No stretch, no memory, distance comparable to flat mono.