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About dlaurend

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  1. Here you go. I also posted an update to my own question on this. I used a Gomexus 47mm knob ( bought on Amaz) My new ultegra Ci4+Xtc has a screw at end of handle. Easy switch out. Need to put the right bearings in to make it work ( no side to side shimy) and screw back on with the original screw from shimano. Very solid connection. Pic attached.
  2. Just a quick update. did some web research. Took a shot on a gomexus 47mm power knob. Maybe shimano heard all the complaints and now uses a screw to hold on its handle to to its rivet insert. I just unscrewed their handle put the gomexus on with 2 ss bearings and them screwed the new handle using their original screw under 1 washer. Works great and feels very sold , sturdy with a super smooth rotation due to the dealings. Can’t wait to put some line on this and give it a test drive,
  3. Just picked up one of these. has anyone put a power knob on it to replace the existing handle? canyou get a bigger knob/handle from Shimano?
  4. WAding socks are plenty thick enough to make the fit better.
  5. Beyond jealous! Nice Fish:::::
  6. For any lure or jig I would say the most important thing is putting in your time with it, understand it’s tendencies and when and where to use it. #2 ? ........... probably luck.
  7. I’m in! Thanks !
  8. No experience with the Battle 3500. I have a 4000 battle and I know that would work welll. Can’t inagine there’s much difference between the 3500 and the battle 4000. A little lighter? Less Drag maybe. Line capacity. Depends what you’re using it for. A decent Albie run may cause problems on the 3500.
  9. I have the MH 8 FYI as well. Both have their applications. The MH I can use in the canal. Throw heavier lures. The MF is great for metals / epoxy jigs. Cast a mile with it with 20lb braid on a 4000.
  10.  I have St. Croix TIS80MF. Love it. Paired with Penn Conflict 4000 with 20lb Suffix 822. Perfect for Albies, stripers anything inshore. Plenty of backbone if things get larger. Cast all day with this set up.
  11. Brody ....... loves water / fishing.
  12. Check out Simms.com. They had put some jackets on clearance. Got one myself that was $379 for $149. Hopefully some left
  13. Go to Seasucker.com you’ll find fly rod holder. Very pleased with mind. holds while moving at big speeds. Great design.
  14. BFD STRONG! Speedy recovery - see you at the water’s edge soon!
  15. BFD Just seeing this. Hang in there! You’ll be back chasing them in no time! In the interim, to take your mind off “stuff”, I thought I would send you a pic of my very first wild brown caught this past Sunday on a float trip on the Deerfield. Not a lot of technique needed from yours truly, but still a pretty good day in March to break up the winter!