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  1. I just find it difficult to believe that a major reel company would deisgn and market a reel with what appears to be a significant flaw. As far as the rotor wobble goes, I typically don't judge a reel until I have fished it. It is not uncommon for reels to do funny things with an empty spool that clear up when the spool is full. YMMV. The parallel reel foot is a design element by Shimano that was marketed as an improvement over older desiigns. Most reels have the spool cocked at an angle so if you followed the line of the spool axle it would intersect the line from the reel foot. The line from a parallel axle would not intersect the line from the reel foot. The rod wobble issue must have occurred during testing, and I would assume that the advantages of the design must have overridden the aesthetic shortcomings. As an analogy, it would be like complaining that a performance car idles poorly. For this premise to be correct, you should have guys noticing some significant improvement when they use a parallel axle reel. But I ain't seeing it. Which leads to the question: is Shimano's parallel axle the "New Coke" of fishing reels?
  2. 10# Fireline breaks around 25#. It will easily outtest your mono. Tailslap is right that the general rule of thumb is to match diameters of line, however, by using smaller diameter line you will gain casting distance, and one of your criteria is casting distance. There is a learning curve with using small diameter braid, so make sure you have spooled it tightly and don't start out blasting stuff. Turn your brakes way down (up?) and work your way into your comfort zone. As you get accutomed to it, you will be able to fly. Very thin line on baitcasters requires a little more attention because the spool doesn't have to speed up at the end of the cast.
  3. I fished for years with 14-15# Trilene. My switch to braid was painful- I made every mistake out there. I finally found Fireline and have used it ever since- though I try a new line every year to keep me honest. I use it on both spinning and conventional. My complaint with most braids on casting gear is that they fluff slightly at the end of the cast and can cough up a hairball if you let it go. I don't seem to have that problem with Fireline. I also throw smaller lures on lighter gear and I use the 8 and 10# Fireline for it. I would recommend the 10 for you. You will buy some distance and bump your real breaking strength into the mid 20's. You'll also be able to put a good bit more line on the reel.
  4. White man build too big fire.
  5. I know. I have a buddy who swears by those things, too. He's never caught a fish with one while fishing with me, though. I also think about the 100 or so packs of soft plastics I have in a box- and I am a cheapskate; there are guys with thousands- all of which catch but most never will because they are waaay back in the line of my more recent favorites.
  6. Am I the only one who snickers when someone posts a thread mourning an unavailable soft plastic? I'm sure there is nothing to replace it.
  7. I like the beeswax idea.
  8. I have several gold Penn spools with that issue. Some have had it for a decade. I just clean it up and make sure the oxidizing agent is gone. I chose not to sand to minimize bare metal. I haven't had any further spread after cleaning, following appropriate maintenance. The issue is purely cosmetic and only visible when there is no line on the spool. I also have old oxidation under my drag stacks and my drags work fine.
  9. Try a bulldawg predator musky rod from Cabelas. Slow and moderate actions and rated to 100# test. That should get the job done.
  10. I agree with Morning Wood. So you can't get a brook trout RMSmith? I assure you that a white one will do just fine at a much more reasonable price. The truth is that collectors really don't command much of the market, even with heavily coveted lures. If 20 collectors are competing with a 1000 fishermen for a 100 lure run, who is driving the price here? I think collectors are more of a bogeyman to explain why you can't have something you want.
  11. I thought JasonB summmed it up pretty good. When I first tried braid I got some Gorilla Braid, slapped it on a reel and immediately broke off on my first cast with an outrageous backlash. Total operator error driven by a lack of knowledge. I picked the backlash out and used the line for a couple of years as the backing for a topshot on one of my smaller spinning reels. It was six or eight years before I tried braid again, and were it not for Otter's tutelage, I might still be using mono. I grew up with mono and don't see the point of the cast-close-pull technique (I also cut myself pretty good trying to learn it). As a result, I use Fireline for its easy-going line lay. I have tried a number of the most popular braids and came to the conclusion that they are more similar than different. My opinion is that brand loyalty is more emotive than quantitative. This is not a negative observation: experience indicates that most things work better if you think they will work.
  12. So that's how you triple post.
  13. Actually, I do, but you've heard enough from me. I posted about it a month or two ago.
  14. I know that. I am not babbling. I can't help him with how to fish it because the same fish on the same flat will be keying on different bait during the course of the season. Even during the course of a tide, different forage may be preferred. He has to figure that out. That is why I told him to watch for signs on each trip. Stripers eat everything. Plug fishermen tend to focus on presenting fish imitations which is an effective aproach most of the time, and that confidence is reiterated because they also choose places to fish that have a high likelihood of having fish as the predominant forage. We also have a human tendency to try to adapt previous knowledge to the present situation, and, across time and space, this has served us well. It is not a perfect paradigm, though, and this thread represents one of its fallacies. A flat or back bay is not the same ecosystem as an open beach or inlet. A portion of the knowledge gained on a beach is transferrable, but there are places where the two sets of knowledge don't mesh, and doubling down on a methodology that produces erratic returns will not produce better succes. Actually, what it does is produce "rules out of exceptions" because each fish caught reinforces the idea that the adjustment was for the better. I fish different water than you do, and I know that there is a period during late March when what I assume are Dobson fly larve transition to the pupa stage. During this period, in years when the larva are present in good numbers, the stripers slack off eating fish and start focusing more on the grubs. I still catch some fish, but know that there is a slow period right in there that I couldn't explain until I ran into a fly fisherman who absolutely schooled me with what appeared to be three months worth of belly button lint on a long shank hook. I haven't bought a fly rod or anything, but at least now I better understand what is happening around me. This is why I suggested John1234 read the book, though I have since read other stuff from him and it seems likely he already has.