BST Users
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Halcyon

  • Rank
    Senior Member


  • About Me:
    Custom fin designer, soccer coach, writer
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, Surfing
  • What I do for a living:
    Plumber, youth soccer coach, custom surfboard fins

Profile Fields

  • Gender
  • Location
    Santa Cruz, Ca.
  1. slot limit! slot limit! SLOT LIMIT! NOW!
  2. I get that stiff lines work better on convention reel for casting. So, which are the stiffest of the bunch? Tight Lines, Rich
  3. I'm surf-casting real light with and ABU GARCIA rocket. What is you best choice for braid less than 20lb? Tight Lines, Rich
  4. My experiences have shown me that for convention boat fishing a top shot of about 30 feet tied on with an fg knot works nicely. Tying at terminal end is much easier and a little bit of shock absorbing is preferable. For convention at the surf having about 4 or 5 wraps around the spool of mono tied on with an fg that is plenty strong enough to be safe for the weight I'm heaving works best for me, When it comes to spinning I've found that tying on a length of mono with an fg to be a bad idea as the braid does not untwist properly. The mono stops the untwisting process facilitated by the bale line roller, line tension and the swivel on terminal tackle.. So it's a swivel to snap with a mono or flouro leader when I'm spinning & as the saying goes "tight lines" always. Slack when spinning with braid is a sure way to end up with an air knot. Cheers, Rich
  5. I've been using the Centauri knot for 50 years for all mono and flouro knots. I works with the real heavy stuff quite well. The secret is to tease it into a figure 8 and lubricate it with spit. Braid to mono it's FG for me. It takes a little practice but it's sure worth it. Braid to gear it's a Palomar always. End loops are either a perfection end loop or a surgeon's loop. I think the later is stronger but the former is very small and quite clean. For tying on teasers I have a variation of a lefty loop I use for 20lb and up that seems stronger than the original. I have also discovered that a dropper loop in a flouro leader becomes the weakest link. Tight Lines, Rich
  6. My learning process on conventional casting has taught me that it's best to start with more spool tension than is optimal and very gradually reduce it over the first hand full of casts until you have it match the conditions. Another very important part of the casting process is the retrieve. Steady tension while spooling is critical. i often run the line through my thumb and forefinger just ahead of the spool to insure that it's constant. Casting with a spinner requires a sudden well timed release. Casting with conventional requires gradual accelerated loading prior to release along with an educated thumb which comes with practice and muscle memory. Fishing is very much about applied tension. Tension control is better on conventional IMHO. Line twist is not an issue on a conventional, nor are air knots, over runs are. but for very light offerings I clearly it lack facility. Nobody said it would be easy. Make sure you gear is well balance and practice, practice, practice. Tight Lines, Rich
  7. You have to go back in time to the 50's for a reel that has no roller bearings, will allow all internal parts to be lightly greased and has a quick take-apart feature that facilitates warm water soak after submersion. It's a fine piece of simple engineering. The real is on the heavy side but with upgraded drag washers it's a fine reel. Any guesses as to the best model? Secrets: They're the reel fun of fishin'! Tight Lines, Rich
  8. For fluorocarbon and mono I have used a centauri knot for all line tests from 2 to 200. I don't have failures and with a little practice it's quick and easy. The tricks are to get the knot once built into a figure 8 appearance then wet it with saliva. As it's drawn up watch the turns stack on to the steel eye your pulling on. Done right little line is wasted. tight lines, Rich
  9. caught in 20 fathoms north of Santa Cruz on 11/13
  10. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Came down with da weatherguy. So much to see, So much to learn. And so much B.S. it's hard to tell what's unreal, but that's fishin'! Super location and grand group of fisherman. gonna try for the real big bass late this summer. Never know when a white one will show. Workin' on some gear to fool one. Tight lines, Rich
  11. Thanx for the feed back. I hope to hear from Alan. tight lines, Rich
  12. For years I have been working on the engineering of creating a sealed spinning reel with concealed drag system and several other revolutionary features and incorporating them with some tried and true ones. The right hook up to develop this project is one would like to pursue. I just don't have it. Maybe the right connection is here at SurfTalk. Sing out if you have genuine interest and can help. Tight Lines, Rich
  13. I have found that "Super Lube Synthetic Grease" works quite well on cork drags. Tight lines, Rich
  14. With some practice the FG knot can be tied without much trouble. The trick as with an knot that is tied well is all about tension. Tip: when stacking the braid alternate wrap around the flouro or mono. Too much tension on either line spoiled a perfect stack. Teasing the stacked braid down on to itself will become easier with practice. When the knot is drawn tight it has no lumps and passes through level wind and guides without any catches. I used to use an Albright and still do on lines braid 10lb and under, but for heavier linen the FG is go to for me. Tight Lines, Rich
  15. Hi Aaron, IMHO your Pro Rocket is one of the most versatile of all conventional reels. ABU reels have tight tolerances and do require rinsing after each outing and a little regular light lube. I would use the tension cap on the handle side to locate the spool dead center in the reel housing and the one on the side with the clicker, which is just a line out alarm, to create tension on spool rotation. Know that the slightest turn will have much greater affect on it than you might imagine. There are graduated marks on the plate around the spool cap so you can reference what works best for you type of bait fishing or casting. Lighter weights will require more tension to prevent over run. As you begin to familarize your self always start with greater spool tension than you expect to need. As you proceed back off every so slightly. This reel will handle fish much bigger than you might expect it would. Personally, my best with one like it is a 40lb king salmon on 20lb line with a 6500 Chrome Rocket out here in Ca. It does quite well for both trolling, jigging, drifting and casting. Note: I've found using a 25lb or 30lb 6 fathom Trilplefish Perlon top-shot tied on with an FG Knot to 30lb Braid a very productive way to fish. Tight Lines, Rich