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  1. It's just not that simple. Quality between different manufacturers can vary quite a bit for starters. Not all $50'$75,$100 reels are created equal. The surf can eat reels alive if you let it. Some $200 reels could get destroyed pretty quickly if dropped in the wash and not cleaned out. If you wanted to get a cheaper reel, something to learn on? Something you can disassemble to clean and learn on without fear of running something you put a lot of money into. That might not be a bad idea but in general you're going to be disappointed with most inexpensive reels. As mentioned the Daiwa BG is a solid reel at a good price.
  2. The main thing to understand regarding reels being used is that water intrusion and sand can really do a number on almost any reel. Although if you're conscious to keep the reel out of the water and off the sand you can get decent mileage out of most reels. No matter how cautious you are eventually you'll drop your reel and being able to do some basic maintenance is important. So that being said the BG is a ridiculously good reel for the price but it will most certainly get destroyed if it's getting dunked and layed in the sand. I always tell people new to surf fishing never lay your reel down on the sand, keep it as dry as possible and always give it a light spray with fresh water when you're done. I'd go with a 3k BG for an 8'6"-9' rod. Keep it clean and it will serve you very well. The rod you're looking at is a good choice but really anything with similar specs will do the job. You're right on with something in the 8'6"-9' range that's rated form 1/2-1 1/2. You'll have some fun on perch without totally overpowering them and land small stripers fine. I'd also take a look at the Shimano Scimitar SMS90H2B and the ugly stik elite USESSP902MH.
  3. I knew it would be expensive but I didn't know how much. I thought maybe you had it figured out since you listed it with a shipping price. Unless you find out that it will be reasonable to ship I'll pass. On a side note I believe you can order a 10 or 11' one piece blank from CTS. They cut it around 26" and fit it with a spigot ferrule so it can be glued back together. The connection would be under the grip and you'd effectively have a 1 piece rod at a reasonable shipping cost.
  4. 95073. I'm assuming it will be fairly pricey. Let me know what you find out.
  5. I'll take the 10' if you're willing to ship to the west coast for the $100 you were asking.
  6. System 3 makes several products, I assumed you're using the Clear Coat? You need to flip them pretty quickly at first because the epoxy is so thin, every few minutes. Then depending on temperature you slow down over time until it's set up. I usually epoxy a plug and hang it. Then do another and flip the first. Do a third plug and flip the first two etc. I was lucky to be able to watch and learn from somebody who has been building for a long time. He flips by hand and gets amazing results. That being said a spinner is frickin great and I use one some times. I just didn't want you to go through the trouble of building one to find that it didn't solve your problem. System 3 probably has the biggest learning curve but also gives the best finish.
  7. What was the temperature? System 3 is more sensitive to temp and possibly humidity more than other brands. I won't use it under 70 degrees and really prefer more like 80-85. A spinner is nice for convenience but you can absolutely get good results flipping by hand.
  8. Awesome! Sounds like you're having fun and enjoying the process. Thanks for the info, maybe I'll have to give it a go.
  9. The regular S2 is already a pretty damn thin blank. I butt section is built up quite a bit but only for a foot or so. I suppose if the graphene doesn't have the butt reinforced like the original maybe that could be sort of true...just for the butt. I've never seen a graphene but I'm going to say that's a pretty ridiculous claim.
  10. Those look very nice! How is the action on them? I have some alumilite white sitting around and I'd love to give it a try if they are working well for you. I've played around with the alumilite white a decent amount but never for gliders. Jig Man already mentioned it but I've also found it to be true in my application. The white even with micro balloons is still pretty dense and using a lighter material with more lead weight usually gives better action (jointed swimbaits in my case). I started using the 610 alumifoam and found it to be similar in boyancy to ayc.
  11. Well it seems to have worked! I'll drop off a box of lures, can you please work your magic on them?
  12. The fling plugs have some serious mojo!
  13. Damn work. I was hoping to see you there. Sounds like you need a new light weight rod. I'll wrap you up one of those black holes for like $150-160. Then I could justify getting one for myself.
  14. That was an awesome time! It was great to see everybody again and meet the new people. Thanks for putting in some serious work Guy!
  15. I'll bring some doughnuts for the early people. If the fishing is good they might be a little late.