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  1. I doubt the new one will. BUT, a Gomexus “Shimano Handel B” power knob will replace the egg on the FK...
  2. Thx for the intel on the 19 Vanquish! Now that we have a quasi-Vanquish in this new Stradic, I’ll pass on the Van.... Soooooo, what to do? New Stradic or another Stella FJ.... Easy answer, another Stella of course! LOL.....
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  4. Avids will snap as well.... Look at this monster that put it on my fathers.... LOL!
  5. More info... Just to give an idea on price and timing. A shop in AU has these up as pre-orders. Yes, I know with Shimano’s new policy on international orders, this is a no go... BUT they list pricing as follows. ANDDDD, an ETA of July 31st release... 1&25k $340 AUD = $238 USD 3k $350 AUD = $245 USD 4k $360 AUD = $251USD 5k $390 AUD = $272 USD (This is using current exchange rate)
  6. Seriously... Anyway, it's listed on Rapala's EU web site...
  7. Just ran across this new Rapala. Max Rap Walk'n Roll 5.1" @ 1oz... Looks interesting...
  8. Good question... Or who is making the 25# TA???? I found the Rosco’s before the TA’s were available.... Hmmmmmm.... I have only used them in sweet water, so far no issues....
  9. Perfect. THX!
  10. The advertised/posted line capy numbers are all over the place for this reel... How much 20# braid (PP or 832) does the 4k actually hold???
  11. Winner??? Maybe.... Found some additional info... Carbon drag stack 3k and up (pic below) Power knob on 5k (pic below... YES!!!) The latest evolution in the Stradic range brings anglers into the next generation of fishing. This evolution brings with it improved casting, smoother reeling and increased durability, The Stradic outperforms all of its predecessors. For the first time in the Stradic class, the reel now features Silent Drive, Micromodule Gear II and a Long Stroke Spool for better casting distance. Durability has been further improved with increased gear strength and X-Protect water resistance. The Stradic FL will carry forward the majority of the Shimano technologies that have made the Stradic series what they are today. The Hagane Body, Hagane Gear, X-Ship and the G Free Body have all found their place in the new series. All of these technologies help to make the Stradic a strong, durable and uncompromising reel. Perfect for a wide variety of fishing styles, the Stradic is built to enhance your time on the water. Stradic FL 1000 HG A finesse reel, designed for light lure casting for bream and trout using fluorocarbon or braid. Weighing 195g, the Stradic FL 1000 matches perfectly with a 1-2kg or 1-3kg responsive graphite rod. Featuring 6+1 bearings and a smooth felt drag system with 3kg of power. Stradic FL 2500 HG A great all-around size for estuary and river fishing that suits a braided line from 6lb to 10lb depending on the target species. Weighing 225g, the Stradic FL 2500 matches perfectly with a 2-4kg, 2-5kg and 3-5kg responsive graphite rod. Featuring 6+1 bearings, 6.0:1 gear ratio and a smooth felt drag system with 9kg of power. Stradic FL Compact 3000 HG The Compact 3000 sizes feature the same body design as the 2500 size, however, the reel possesses a larger line capacity making it ideal to fish both estuary and inshore environments. Weighing 225g, the Stradic FL 3000 matches perfectly with a range of rod ratings from 2-4kg to 3-6kg. Featuring 6+1 bearings, 6.1:1 gear ratio and an upgraded Cross Carbon drag system with 9kg of power. Stradic FL 4000 XG A 4000 size is ideal for a range of estuary and inshore environments, targeting jewfish right through to snapper. Weighing in at 260g and suited to using braided line from 15lb to 20lb and is designed to match rods in the 3-6kg up to 4-8kg line class. Featuring 6+1 bearings, a 6.2:1 gear ratio and an upgraded Cross Carbon Drag system with 11kg of power. Stradic FL 5000 XG The Compact 5000 size features the same body design as the 4000 size but with a deeper spool to provide larger line capacity and a power handle knob for targeting hard fighting species in estuary and inshore waters. Weighing 265g, the Stradic FL 5000 matches perfectly with a range of rod ratings from 4-8kg to 5-10kg using up to 30lb braid. Featuring 6+1 bearings, 6.2:1 gear ratio and an upgraded Cross Carbon drag system with 11kg of power. Features - Micromodule II - Silent Drive - X-Protect - New Hagane Gear - Hagane Body - Long Stroke Spool - G Free Body - Drag Washer Selection - AR-C Spool Specifications - Model: ST1000HGFL - Mono Capacity (kg/m): 1 / 250 - Capacity DIA (mm/m): 0.25 / 90 - Capacity Power Pro (lb/yds): 10 / 95 - Gear Ratio: 5.1:1 - Retrieve Per Crank (cm): 64 - Bearings: 6+1 - Drag Power (kg): 3 - Weight (g): 195 - Model: ST2000HGFL - Mono Capacity (kg/m): 3 / 180 - Capacity DIA (mm/m): 0.25 / 160 - Capacity Power Pro (lb/yds): 10 / 150 - Gear Ratio: 6.0:1 - Retrieve Per Crank (cm): 89 - Bearings: 6+1 - Drag Power (kg): 9 - Weight (g): 225 - Model: ST3000HGFL - Mono Capacity (kg/m): 4 / 150 - Capacity DIA (mm/m): 0.25 / 210 - Capacity Power Pro (lb/yds): 10 / 200 - Gear Ratio: 6.1:1 - Retrieve Per Crank (cm): 94 - Bearings: 6+1 - Drag Power (kg): 9 - Weight (g): 225 - Model: ST4000XGFL - Mono Capacity (kg/m): 6 / 160 - Capacity DIA (mm/m): 0.30 / 180 - Capacity Power Pro (lb/yds): 15 / 280 - Gear Ratio: 6.2:1 - Retrieve Per Crank (cm): 95 - Bearings: 6+1 - Drag Power (kg): 11 - Weight (g): 260 - Model: ST5000XGFL - Mono Capacity (kg/m): 6 / 200 - Capacity DIA (mm/m): 0.35 / 175 - Capacity Power Pro (lb/yds): 20 / 220 - Gear Ratio: 6.2:1 - Retrieve Per Crank (cm): 101 - Bearings: 6+1 - Drag Power (kg): 11 - Weight (g): 265
  12. Don’t forget about the Rosco 25# “micro clip”...
  13. Sounds like a job for a MH or H salmon/steelhead rod. If you look at them, yes, go with the MH or H as they are a more moderate action rod. I fish a H and it handles .5oz up to 1.5oz really well, can do 2oz but I don’t like the feel. I prefer St Croix, so I recommend Triumph at 8.5’ H, Wild-river at 8.5’ or 9’ H and Avid at 9’ H. SS rods are awesome for the light / UL stuff...
  14. Here is some of it..... Yes, 10 Shimano Stradic FKs in this pic.... All St Croix rods. I think I have 29 of them now, and this does not include the fly gear.... Its a sickness!!!!
  15. I asked the same question a few months back, no response. Either no one is using them (I have not seen any others in play) or everyone is keeping quiet... Anyway, I have been fishing a 5k from the beach for lil bass, blues and albies, has worked great so far even after a dozen plus drag burning albie runs... Its light, powerful and stupid smooth!!! To me, worth every penny!