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  1. I am like you, I own a VS 150, & VS250. I am glad I waited as there was known issues on the first generation of the VR reels which Van Staal fixed and there are no issues now. They had issues with the main shaft & drag but the Gen2 has resolved those and in my opinion it is a quality reel now. I opted to order the new VR75 as I felt the extra small minor difference in weight was worth the extra line capacity as I believe the difference was tiny, 9 oz for the VR75 vs 8.9 oz for the VR50 .
  2. Thank you everyone for the good feedback. I went there today and purchased a number of things as well as having him respool a couple of spare VS spools to braid for me. He is very knowledgeable and helpful. I hope everyone goes there to support quality local business owners like Mark! They have a great selection of lures for everything anyone would need for the coast and he is helpful to steer you to which ones he & his clients have had good results with.
  3. VR75 only .10 ounces heavier I believe but holds 430 yards of 20lb braid instead of 360. BUT I might want a 50 for more freshwater, as I love using the Van Stalls for my other rods that are not surf?
  4. Cool! Do you know of good blank companies in Japan, etc.?
  5. Most airlines will not let you take a rod even checked that is over 7' as around 7' is the maximum. Why I used fly rods is that if you look at the blanks that spinning is offered in multi-piece is is typically not the top of the line materials but fly rods get the best materials of most every brand blank and on spinning a same material blank in 4 piece vs 1 piece will feel the same.
  6. what happens is most blank companies do not make multi-piece rods with their top of the line materials; like Rainshadow they have RX10 and guess what they are only in 1 piece, and their next best RX9 has only a few two piece and then the majority of 2 piece or 4 piece spinning blanks are down to their 3rd to 5th level materials. Guess what fly rod blanks are available for the RX10 and RX9 but why not spinning or casting? Fly guys get the quality and we get limited because people think 1 piece is better
  7. Most blanks now are primarily one piece and people think that there is a better feel but in reality a human cannot perceive any difference in my opinion and I talked to many custom rod builders whom have made thousands of rods and they agree it is just hype. How can you travel as today with global warming many local spots are getting limited in quality then how will you bring a huge one piece on a plane or even typical cars? I think people have thought a one piece is better but today you will need to travel to go to better places so there is no reason for one piece. I have high quality 2 to 4 piece rods and there is not detectable feel between those and my one piece rods but I cannot bring those long rods anywhere but to fish local. The lame thing is that the best blanks are not offered in multi piece often
  8. More companies providing rod blanks that are 2-4 piece that are made from their top of the line models, such as Rainshadow making an RX9 or RX10 that is NOT just one piece. You cannot really feel the difference from a 1 to 2 so long as the material of the blank is similar and the technology for connecting them has eliminated breaks there now. Face the reality "Global Warming" is real and getting worse, thus we will all need to travel more often to get onto quality fishing so how can you do so without a rod that will breakdown? I would like to see more 2 piece rods!
  9. I have had 2 VS Van Staals for over 20 years with no wind knot issues. For me I had over 20 Shimano reels that hold up great for freshwater but were not reliable for surf or salt. I sold all but a few unique ones like their great mooching "knuckle buster" but sold the rest and funded the VS reels and am way happier. I have ordered the VR75 and hope it will be equally as bullet proof.
  10. Are there any actual waterproof headlamps that you can wear around your neck if you do not like to wear anything on your head? I saw this on Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/FoxFury-420-T09R-Resistant-Waterproof-Rechargeable/dp/B073ZG7DP6/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=100%%2Bwaterproof%2Bheadlamp&qid=1629951666&s=hi&sr=1-4&th=1 any thoughts? I saw some LED bands that are very light but most were not 100% waterproof but rather resistant but they look light enough that maybe strapped around your neck snugly it could work? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078XTMGBM/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B078XTMGBM&pd_rd_w=Y6jyT&pf_rd_p=887084a2-5c34-4113-a4f8-b7947847c308&pd_rd_wg=QZxJN&pf_rd_r=FP3WWWTEXRBHHB1ZMCMJ&pd_rd_r=15ffca3b-eb19-4318-b5b2-2b79155315b1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFSV0lUQVpJNE4xWlomZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA3NzcwNjUxTVhXMTlOVTBaQTdDJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1OTQ4OTgyRk1RR0VXWE8yODVRJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== This one was $65 vs the other that is true waterproof to 3 meters that is $150 And to clarify I mean snug around your neck not dangling like a lanyard.
  11. I think more rod manufacturers and rod blank companies need to offer more 2 piece and more 3 or 4 piece options that are made of their top of the line designs & materials. Face the facts we are going to see more and more global warming, so that means all of us are likely to end up traveling more and more to fish. I just had two nice custom rods built by Lake Lady that were 8' and 9'2" both two piece and he confirmed what I have always thought. That is that with a good quality blank that is 2-4 pieces the difference in perceivable difference between a 1 piece is really more hype and not something in most cases anyone can detect. The two recent rods I had built, one was a nice Rainshadow RX8 blank and the other was a version of their RX7 so both were very nice, but why limit their RX9 or new RX10's to one piece when the places you can fish locally are getting limited and how can you travel with a one piece 6' to 15' rod?
  12. I believe the only issue was the first generation of the VR 50 which I have spoken to a few people and stores whom have all said the issues have all been corrected with the second generation VR's.
  13. The main difference is the main shaft. I am going to order the VR75 but still might want to get the VR50 also for smaller rods but that is more for looks as the weight is very close 8.9 to 9 oz
  14. Based on my research and the great opinions here, I think the VR75 is perfect for 20lb, the 150 for 30, and the 250 for 40. I opted for the 150 over the 100 for the same reason of line capacity with about the same weight and I think that is the same logic for me with the VR75 over the VR50. Although the VR50 still looks cool as maybe one day I would still get that to use on my more freshwater rods. I use the Van Staal reels I have to cover everything from medium freshwater to blue water fishing. I think the VR75 can go down to some of my freshwater rods but the VR50 could go all the way down to probably everything other than an ultra light toy rod.
  15. I appreciate everyone's thoughts between the VR50 & VR75! I think I am going to order the VR75 in silver. I already own a VS150 & VS250 both in gold. I still wish Van Staal kept the gold color as I would love a VR75 in gold! I think these three are good to cover most of my rods as the VR75 will be with 20lb, the VS150 in 30 and the VS250 in 40lb braid most of the time; although I have spare spools for the VS that are spooled in mono. I sold most of my other reels and used the money to get my Van Staals and am so happy I did. I have a few specialty reels like the Shimano Moocher 1 to 1 direct drive for salmon mooching and a few other specialty reels but am glad I paired my collection to a handful of quality rather than a crazy amount of mediocre reels...
  16. Which would you choose the VR50 or the VR75? I would love to know everyone's thoughts between these two models as they are close to each other, is the slight extra weight worth the extra line capacity?
  17. Curious to know what everyone's favorite sinking/suspending minnow and color to use in the surf? Also which ones do you find cast the best in the surf?