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  1. Don't know if it's like other Charlton reels but there is a hole on the spindle that Jack would push with a tool that allowed him to remove the drag stack. I think a small punch was all that was needed to trigger the release.
  2. I have way too many combos out there but this is what I like right now as my ultimate setup: 9 wt Hardy Sintrix ProAxis or Zephrus with a Mako 9550 or Tibor Riptide. 11 wt Hardy Zephrus with Mako 9600. 12 wt Hardy Sintrix ProAxis with Mako 9600. 13-17 wt TFO Bluewater with Mako 9600 or 9700. May have to try some Cam Sigler or Torrent Leviathan rods one day...my son is getting older now and allowing me more time to go after bluewater species again. I do have multiples of every rod I really like...but...There are a number of rods out there that deserve honorable mention and travel with me as well but this was a question about ultimate setup. Alternate rods each have something about them I like (like the new TFO A2s). Also going to take a harder look at the Siegler reels based on bhorsley's posts.
  3. That's a solid endorsement in my eyes - how do you compare the Sieglers to the Makos?
  4. Sailfish are a five jump wonder then they're done...great fun but not much stamina...
  5. I've looked at the Siegler...let me know what you think of it, always respected your opinon.
  6. There are a lot of good rods out there. I just bought a couple of TFO's new Axiom II-x rods, cast them on the lawn and I'm blown away by how well they cast. Within 10 minutes I was laying out the entire length of the floating line on my lawn on a 9 wt and an 11 wt. They remind me a bit of the Redington Nano Ti rods (from what I can remember of them, that was a while ago) in action and that's a good thing. I'll be in Florida for a couple of weeks to fish and relax, hoping to put the new A2-x rods through their paces while I'm down there. Hopefully a decent trip report when I get back (not much guided trips for me this time as tarpon season is over and I'm not going to blow that much money if there aren't a lot of poons around...).
  7. Sweet looking setup! Where do you hail from that you fish that, i.e., what are your home waters?
  8. Scott at Bearsden is awesome. He is my #1 go to fly shop.
  9. I'm rethinking my buying habits with all the Covid-19 impacts on this country. Yes we are very dependent on China and that, IMHO, is not a good thing. I know I cannot get 100% off Chinese manufacturing but I can minimize the spend going there if I have a choice of a good American product vs Chinese made. I'll support Rio and Cortland, and say no thank you to Chinese fly lines...
  10. Whatever works for you. I've had to reel up to 500 yards of line after a fish has taken out half or more of my backing out on a run...if you can do it with your non-dominant hand reeling more power to you. Even with my "somewhat dominant" hand it is very tiring and I'd rather not do it with my non-dominant. Go read my post about holding the rod to fight a fish with dominant vs non-dominant hand. It's a red-herring. Lifting a rod is a completely gross motor skill, takes no coordination, and if you do it right, the arm is just along for the ride, most of the work is done by the back and legs. However, holding onto the spool of the reel (or the handle because that is one of the advantages of a direct drive reel) takes feel for the breaking strength of the line and the rod. As far as winching with the reel handle? Hell yes!!! I can and do turn the handle against the fish to see where I'm at as far as who's taking line and I certainly do use the reel like a winch at times with big fish and most definitely with small fish. When I'm pulling to the max on 10 or 15 kg tippet I want to know I'm moving the fish. I'm not the one who came up with the idea either...some of the best big game fly rod fishermen in the world do this, I'm just trying out everything and seeing what works. With small fish I fight the fish with the rod because I'm just playing around with them...with big fish I use the reel to fight them, it's why I willing part with the coin for reels that I can quickly adjust the drag during the fight because they allow me to use the reel as a fish fighting tool...I frequently use up to 15 # of drag to fight a fish. I keep the rod at such an angle it doesn't play much of a role except close to the boat and to play shock absorber while I'm manhandling the fish. It's a lesson I learned from conventional fishing where it's the reel and the drag that beat the fish, not the rod. Do it however it makes you happy. Your circumstance are probably different from mine and for what you do it probably works better than my way...
  11. Hey Charlie thank you for the kind words. As far as big fish that may have been true at one time a few years ago but right now I find that being mechanic/coach/sponsor for my son's kart racing takes up a huge amount of time much to the detriment of my pursuit of big game fish on fly. I hope to remedy that in a few years...part of my financial plan is to be able to move south to Florida to both help my son's year round racing and to be near the big fish. Sadly aside from a few big tarpon each year my last really big fish was around 4 years ago (350+ # hammerhead on fly). I miss the days of bluefin tuna, makos , sailfish, etc on fly...but at least this helps make up for it...my son the State Karting champion...
  12. Since you're quoting Lefty, he said try stripping out say 100 yards of line and time how long it takes you to reel it up with your dominant hand. Then do the same for your non dominant hand. I've heard he would do that at casting demos to answer that question and invariably everyone reeled faster with their dominant hand. To me the question of pulling on a fish with your "dominant" hand is a red herring. Pulling on a rod is a gross motor movement that doesn't take much coordination while reeling is a fine motor skill needing more coordination. As far as strength, pulling on a fly rod, even on big fish in excess of 200#, doesn't take much strength. I've measured it at the rod handle and if you are pulling at say, 20# at the rod tip (about as far as you want to pull 10 kg tippet) the force at the rod handle grip is anywhere from 50-80# and in reality if you're doing it right you should be using your legs and back to generate most of that force so choice of rod hand isn't relevant unless you have injury to one arm or the other. It may be "easier" to have the reel handle on your non dominant hand as you describe but easier does not necessarily equate to better. In any case, it doesn't matter what points any of us post up, or what logic is posted (such as Lefty's reeling test), people will do what they feel works best for them and claim it's the "right" way to do it and anyone else who does it differently is "wrong."
  13. Technically I'm ambidextrous...I can cast right or left but I am better with my right (I was born lefty but my mom forced me to be a righty). So if I'm casting righty, I either strip left or more often I do two handed strip. Reeling the fly reel I reel righty. I hold the rod with my left hand but my left is as strong, if not stronger, than my right so I don't have the quandary of which hand is stronger/dominant to hold the rod. If I cast lefty I reel righty since all my fly reels are setup that way. Since my mom forced me to be righty, there are a lot of things I do right handed but when I pick up a new skill I usually try to do it with both hands and I end up either equally proficient or in most cases I am better with the left than the right if I spend equal time practicing.
  14. They are checking your residency before you get into the Keys on Rte 1 from what the Monroe county website posts. It says: THE KEYS ARE CLOSED TO VISITORS ALL THOSE ENTERING THE KEYS SHOULD CARRY BACKUP IDENTIFICATION OR DOCUMENTS PROVING HOMEOWNERSHIP OR RESIDENCY. Checkpoints continue for visitors in the Florida Keys Monroe County, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and the municipalities have partnered to continue to operate the 24-hour southbound traffic checkpoints at mile marker 112.5 on the 18-Mile Stretch (U.S. 1), and on Card Sound Road (905) to reinforce Monroe County’s closure to visitors and non-residents. Due to heightened concerns of COVID-19, only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks. According to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, 788 cars were turned around in the first 48 hours, and an estimated 2,000 people. Before the checkpoint started on Friday morning, the Florida Department of Transportation traffic counters were about 47-49 percent of average traffic flow for this time of year. Since the checkpoint was enacted, the traffic counters are at 23-26 percent of the average traffic flow for this time of year. Proof of residency can be demonstrated with local identification, or a hard copy of the utility bill, deed, lease, or tax bill with a matching ID. Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a hard copy of a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers, and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs. Long delays are possible at checkpoints. DO NOT call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.
  15. Hey flydog, yes I use a guide but I also do DIY fishing. Tarpon almost require a guide if you want to be on the correct flats for the tide and day and a guide has his finger on the pulse of what's happening.