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  1. They look like dog poop with jaws.
  2. Co-polymer lines are often softer and more subject to damage than typical mono. (Textbook: Izor XXX vs. Ande Premium.) I gave up on co-polymer after experiencing several breaks exactly at the swivel that the line was tied to. It seems that pulling the knot tight caused the swivel to cut into the soft line. This was 20 lb. XXX with Spro swivels, not some badly finished cheapies. YMMV.
  3. The only knot I glue is an FG knot, and the only part is the finish, and only if I am not in the field.. The FG's structure is (almost) unique among knots in that it doesn't put any locking pressure on the finish. I tie a good seven turn uni (or turn that into a Rizutto), but that finish is still hanging out there ready to get loosened as it passes repeatedly through the guides. A tiny drop of glue on that uni is cheap insurance against the obvious weak link in the FG.
  4. Dave, he asked about G2 reels. Raptors are a different game.
  5. Dave, I am surprised to read a recommendation to fish an SX at 20 lb. drag. Do you carry a supply of pinion bearings with you, or do you just not mind fishing with a crushed one? The small Avets are great reels, but cannot be fished over recommended drag without ruining those bearing. Many will even argue that fishing at the upper end of the recommended drag range results in unacceptably short bearing life. Mike
  6. Pushing them up instead.
  7. I don't think Bimini Bay is going anywhere; they are just rebuilding their web site. Maybe this is old news, but I see that Bimini Bay Outfitters is the U.S. distributor for Maxel. Both Tsunami and Maxel have upped their quality games in recent years. The combination could be pretty disruptive to the tackle industry (if this is in fact a new arrangement for BB).
  8. I agree that a wider spool can often result in longer casts for all the reasons mentioned, but here are a couple of other considerations. If you get better line lay with a narrow spool, that can be a big factor in casting distance. Also, a narrow spool will give a reduced angle with the first guide, which will result in reduced line friction.
  9. It's a while since I had a 309 open, but to the best of my recollection, they're pretty much like any of the other older-style Penn reels, if you've ever worked on one of those. You might want to check alan tani's web site for photo tutorials. Don't recall if there's one for the 309, but definitely for the 209, which should be close enough. You could also ask in the reel repair forum here.
  10. And fill the cap with grease before installing, so when you do install it, grease squeezes into every cranny under the cap.
  11. The dissimilar metals (steel screws in aluminum frame) together are prone to corrosion. Back out each screw, put a little dollop of grease in the hole, and replace the screw. Rinse after every use. Don't fish the reel near the top of its drag range or, if you do, be ready to replace the pinion bearing frequently. Keep the non-spool bearings packed with grease.
  12. Okay. Check your PMs for contact information. Sale is again pending.
  13. Drewtuna1993 has gone MIA since I accepted his offer. Regardless, he has now established my firm, rock bottom price for this rod. First $75 takes it. Thanks.
  14. Okay. Pending to Drew. PM on the way.
  15. I've fished 16. The E-glass, medium action handles weight much better than a faster, graphite tip.