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 on: Today at 07:04:57 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by Cor
I don't "scoff" at anything that makes sense and specially things that make economic sense! Cool

 on: Today at 06:01:27 AM 
Started by Shellbelly - Last post by oc1
Wow!  A counterfeit box.  Says a lot about the hobby.

 on: Today at 05:58:02 AM 
Started by mo65 - Last post by oc1
Cool.  Are those boats as old as they look?  Doesn't anything rot there?

 on: Today at 05:36:11 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by oc1
Those plastic arbors reduced the spool weight which could improve casting.

 on: Today at 05:17:13 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by oc1
You guys ar going to scoff at this, and that's OK.

For light baitcasting rods, I use one of these for a striper.:

All the other guides are these:

They cost seventy-five cents or less, have stainless frame and rings, and weigh practically nothing..

I fish with 20# braid, 3 pounds of thumb drag and runs of less than 100 yards.  The guides get a single wrap that just covers the foot and just enough varnish or epoxy to saturate the thread (everything else is wiped off).  There are a maximum of seven guides and tip on ten to eleven foot rods.

This is the lightest guide set-up I've found.  I've bent them several times but just bend it back by hand.  I've not been fortunate enough to cut a groove in one yet.    If you could ruin a guide you'd be out seventy-five cents, a piece of thread and fifteen minutes.

The effect of guide weight on swing weight is easy enough to calculate beforehand, aside from having to weight each guide and measure it's distance from the reel.  The distance of a guide from the reel in feet multiplied by the weight of the guide+wrapping in pounds (a tiny fraction of a pound) will give you foot-pounds of torque (like on a torque wrench).  Sum the torque of each of the guides to get the total.  Compare to another guide style and guide placement scheme.  

 on: Today at 05:17:12 AM 
Started by wailua boy - Last post by Midway Tommy

That's an interesting lil' reel! Would you mind showing us its innards?

Hey Tommy, have you been able to research the origin of my reel?

Turned over every rock I could looking for info on the S-330. There's not much out on it other than it was made in the late '60s and into the early/mid '70s. There are a couple of things about the reel that suggest it was most likely made by Daiwa.

In their early years Daiwa made reels for a number of various companies. Almost all of those reels had "Made In Japan" on the bottom of the foot. Many of the Daiwa labeled reels either had nothing on the bottom of the foot or just "Japan". Another clue is the raised "Ball Bearing" lettering on the body. Daiwa was one of the first Japanese reel makers that molded that into the body. Later it would be on sticker/labels, but at that time it was part of body.

There were a lot of changes happening in the Japanese reel manufacturing business during that time frame. Olympic was having financial problems about that time and eventually went bankrupt in '78. Their tooling & machinery was sold to many other Japanese companies. Turning up history on the Japanese reel makers is difficult, at best. They guard that information pretty tightly.       

 on: Today at 04:24:30 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by JasonGotaPenn

Your best bet is to try and find a spool arbor, like this one  It's a plastic arbor that fits around the arbor of the spool, taking up space in order to run thinner lines. 
you mean one of these? Keith is just full of surprises, this was already installed. So does this mean I can run lighter line?

 on: Today at 03:34:56 AM 
Started by bigreddog - Last post by sabaman1
Give Cal a call, Im sure he can push that drag up a bit more for you. Although I've heard that the torque 40nld 2 speed is an ideal Guadalupe reel fishing up to 60lb possibly 80lb test. Mark might want to key in on this?

 on: Today at 03:16:15 AM 
Started by ksong - Last post by ksong
Capt Jimmy the Greek did it again by landing 103" giant using custom Black Hole Giant rod.

 on: Today at 03:13:11 AM 
Started by JasonGotaPenn - Last post by Cor
There was a time when guidse made from 2 mm SS wire were incredibly popular here because they did not break, but they were heavy.
It took a while to realise that playing all day with a rod with heavy guides was not easy on the body.  Bear in mind that the leveredge of the 10 ft rod also works against you when casting and definitely effects the balance of the rod.

Compared with modern stiff light rods those old rods were awful to fish with. Shocked

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