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  1. I think that the new version is better in every other aspect than the drag adjustment. It's just too long on the new one. But like I said I use the old one a lot too. With it's new drag hub and some custom mods (bigger handle and bigger drag knob) made by a friend of mine it's a stable reel in my arsenal.
  2. I'm not sure about the bearing as I just tossed it to the bin after I got it back from Nautilus. The second time I didn't get it back. I'm pretty sure you can get replacements for them if they happen to fail.
  3. They got cosmetic, ergonomic and technical differences. I got the CCF12 and the CCF X2 8/10. The original CCF drag system was a bit brittle if you can say so about a drag. There were pretty big differences between individual reels when it comes to drag power etc and it failed me two times. Bearing failure both times. After that they made a updated version of the whole hub and it has been perfect. Lacks a bit of power as it "only" goes up to 10lb or so, but the drag is butter smooth and I just love that reel. The CCF X2 is a better version of that reel in every other way apart from the drag adjustment. For some reason they wanted to go up to about 7 turns of drag adjustment instead of 3 or 4(can't remember exactly) on the old one that is plenty enough even for "finesse" adjusting. The newer reel packs a big punch when it comes to drag and goes up to about 15-16lb at the max. That drag is smooth too. Smooth like butter. The problem with this reels max drag is that the drag strength jumps from 7-9lb to 15-16lb with in the last 3/4 turn and with so many turns it's hard to keep up with the level you are at. Even with their flaws those reels are still my favorite reels. I love the silky smooth, cork like drag feel they have, they are very smooth to reel in, they got very good dimensions and size to weight ratios and their ergonomics are fantastic for me. I just wish that the next model will be one that has changed some of the features that really annoy me. Before that I just have to live with them.
  4. Good review. I had a chance to fish a Seigler for a few days and agree with many points you put out there. That lever is a fun addition to a reel, but when you take in consideration the added bulk and weight that system brings with it it's not really worth it. Especially when you can go the Danielsson way and give the user the chance to set the minimum drag by taking the drag knob out, setting the minimum from the screw underneath and putting the drag knob back in place. It's not like you need to change your min. drag setting during the day out fishing. The drag on those reels was very impressive. Like very good.
  5. Those new Abel's look really good on paper. Except for the price of course... Would love to hear some feedback on it as there's not much to go around right now regarding those reels.
  6. With the factory settings the Dani will have about 8-9lb of drag which is plenty for any striper, bluefish or albie I have ever seen. Adding an extra Belleville spring will give you loads more if need be.
  7. I gotcha. That's like fishing for salmon in a big/strong river where you can't go after the fish. In those situations luck is my best friend and the gear used comes at a close second:)
  8. It's hard to imagine using big Tuna drags on Stripers, but I have only fished for them in the ocean so don't know anything about fishing the Canal. As for the hooks, Aki's are amazing hooks. When you look at the shape and compare it to the SL12's it's not hard to know why Aki's resist the bend more. Have you tried the 5/0 SC15-2H hooks? They have a much better profile as far as bend resistance goes then the SL12's in my opinion. One option is to go for a smaller hook. Something like a 2/0 or 3/0 live bait hook. Many of them are almost impossible to bend. They are strong and shaped right + they only give the fish a fraction of the leverage they get on a big hook. Of course you can't tie a 10" fly on those hooks, but there's always the option of tying your fly on a tube and using a hook like that at the back of it.
  9. Mike, Mako's are great reels. Just a bit over my budget and they don't make a reel that would fit all my preferences. The drag and build on those things is amazing though. One day maybe. Until then I'm looking at other options for a reel that will replace the Sage.
  10. 18lb is doable on the new Hardy's, Orvis Mirage and of course Mako's if tuned up that way. I'm sure that there's others too. My three big game workhorses at the moment are Nautilus CCF12, CCF X2 8-10 and Sage 8010. The older Nautilus gives me about 10-11lb of drag and the newer one around 15lb. Sage is around 12-13lb. As said, 8-10lb is plenty enough many times, but if you hit that big/really hot fish more can be used to even things up. Just make sure you use that amount of drag at the right time and not right away. Bad chit can happen with a really hard drag and a fast moving big fish.
  11. +1 A basic good start drag for bigger game is something around 5-6lb. Go a pound or so lower if you have to use thinner leaders and small hooks and go a pound or two up if you can use bigger hooks and need to stop the fish quicker on it's initial run. But as thaistick said it all depends on the current situation. After the initial runs the ultra strong drags really come to play. Going up to 12-18lb won't let the fish get any "easy" yards when the dog fight begins. However you can get by pretty far with an 8-10lb drag too and maybe adding some drag by tightening the line between your rod hand and the grip. Then again loosen up the drag when you get the fish to the boat and use your line hand or optionally palm the reel if need be. So get a reel that gives you at least 8-10lb of smooth drag. Any more is a welcomed bonus.
  12. Would fish these any day Jack. Great work.
  13. This is a subject that should get more attention. Bigger/heavier hooks are often overlooked and many people have a hard time really getting the concept of overcoming the wind resistance of a fly with the proper amount of weight. I know I didn't get it when I started out using big flies. However it is also good to know that too much weight doesn't help either. A fly that has too much weight for it's wind resistance end up being heavy and "jerky" to cast. Bigger hooks don't penetrate as well as smaller(thinner) ones do, but like said you can hit the fish many times to really sink in the fly. For me the bigger problems with physically big hooks is that they don't do as well when they are pinched barbless and do cause more problems than short shank hooks with fish that are big, strong and fast because of their bigger leverage and possible "sink in" problems.
  14. Yep, the conditions were horrible. Even though there were a few nights that were cold, the overall air mass around the island and mainland felt almost tropical. Things were just overall off this time with those freak winds and big swell
  15. Beautiful pictures as always. You guys are the best. Anything can happen at Cape Lookout and those Buffalo's are just so pretty. We were fortunate to catch a few of them our self's even though 75% of our trip sucked. I really feel sorry for you guys for taking a beating with the conditions this year. Hopefully next year will be better and I got the money to come there:)